Challenge! Peace Action in Tora Bora (1)

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (September 2, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/K. Takemura] One day in February, I got a Skype contact from Sabirullah, the representative of the local office in Afghanistan. He said, “Maki, finally!” Today is a very special day in our peace action activities. Seven villagers of the Kuz Kunar district, where we have implemented our projects, are going to visit another area with JVC staff and experience interaction with the villagers there! This program required long time for preparation, since the area is so insecure that even the transportation of people is difficult. The destination is an area called “Tora Bora” in the Pachir Wa…

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Zubaida, a New Female Staff Member

[Original by M. KATO, Afghanistan Project (July 29, 2019); Translated by H. Ueda/J. Sparks] Unfortunately, the female staff member I introduced to you in my previous blog left our office at the end of March, 2019. It is hard for local staff members, especially for women, to work for a long time under the current social circumstances. After recruitment efforts, however, we found a new female staff member that joined us from June, 2019. Female staff members are indispensable to us given the participants in our literacy program that we are now working on with our partner organization, YVO (Your Voice Organization), are mostly female. Zubaida, please introduce yourself. Hello,…

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Major Incident Occurs at Mangaten Camp 1. Influx of Over 3,000 Refugees?!

[Original by Takayuki YAMAMOTO, Sudan Project (November 12, 2019); Translated by J. Sparks] Camp 1 Population Doubles In September of 2018, at the refugee shelters operated by the UN (hereinafter referred to as UN facilities) on the outskirts of Juba, a conflict broke out between the refugees, and the JVC supported Mangaten Camp 1 experienced an influx of over 3,000 refugees. This largely increased the number of children and families in the camp, which led to new tents being put up for the refugees. “The number of people living in the camp has grown to 7,500 (the actual number is unknown, though is estimated at roughly 5,000), and living space…

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PICTURES DRAWN BY AFGHAN CHILDREN (Vol. 2)

[Original by Asako SHIRAKAWA, Volunteer for Afghanistan Project (November 11, 2019); Translated by K. Otake] Thanks for your support, here’s the second series of the pictures drawn by Afghan children. They did their best to draw these pictures for New Year’s cards that JVC produces every year. This time I would like to introduce some pictures of dogs, sheep, and monkeys from zodiac animals. 〇I can’t take my eyes off this one. How cute this whining dog is. It looks like a fluffy plush dog. What is it at the end of its tail? 〇Among the pictures of sheep, this is drawn in the most realistic way. What is this…

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Women in Gaza move forward with their heads held high despite many difficulties confronting them, living their lives with a positive attitude

[Original by Yoriko YAMAMURA, Palestine Project (July 30, 2019); Translated by M. Kanai/M. Hajjaj] Scorching hot summer has started in Gaza, during daytime people will be soaked in perspiration if they merely walk down the streets. In Jerusalem, I can walk around wearing short sleeves. However, in Gaza it is considered inappropriate as is customary for women to show their skin in public places, so that I also cover up myself with a thin long-sleeve shirt when I go to work. In this report, I would like to share with you a story about Palestinian women living in Gaza. Due to stress arising from the blockade, considerably high ratio of…

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Joint statement by Japanese and Afghan NGOs

[Original (December 4, 2019); Translated by K. Takemura/M. Kato] A shooting incident happened in Afghanistan on December 4, 2019. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, head of an NGO called Peshawar-kai, known locally as PMS, and its five local staff were killed in this incident. We express our deepest condolences to them, their families, friends, and those concerned, and strongly condemn any kinds of violent attack to civil societies. We have received many voices of sadness and anger from Afghanistan about this incident. Here is a joint statement by JVC and Your Voice Organization (YVO), our partner NGO in Afghanistan. Joint Statement: We strongly condemn the armed attack to the activities of NGOs…

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Notice about the Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis)

We sincerely express our deep sympathy for those who were affected by the giant typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis). While we are collecting information about the damage, we currently do not have plans to conduct any relief actions based on JVC’s criteria for emergency assistance in Japan. If you are willing to volunteer for or donate to any assistance activities for those affected by this typhoon, we recommend you to visit the website of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), a network of NGOs to which JVC is also affiliated. It gives you information about the emergency assistance provided by various Japanese NGOs, guidelines for the evacuation in case of…

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Our crowdfunding project for Iraqi children has successfully terminated.

We are glad to inform you that our crowdfunding project for Iraqi children has successfully terminated at 23:00 on October 3rd, 2019. The donations from 406 people totaled 5,628,000 yen, far exceeding the initial goal of 4,000,000 yen! We sincerely thank all the donators and the people who helped us spread the information on the crowdfunding. We will effectively use your donations in our Iraq project. Please keep watching our activities!

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STAFF INTERVIEW: KEI ITO (FUNDRAISER)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern/ Saki TAKEUCHI, 2018 Fundraising Intern (April 17, 2019); Translated by Y. Miki/S. Altman] Hello, everyone! I am Fujii, the 2018 Public Relations Intern. This is actually the last page for me as an intern. Please enjoy it until the end. For the third round of staff interviews in 2018, I interviewed Kei Ito, our fundraiser and calendar designer/creator. Mr. Ito is the father of three daughters and he looks even more fatherly with this fleece on. This time, we would like to ask for details of how he entered an NGO for international cooperation from his previous freelance cameraman job. What started…

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Where should we dig a reservoir?

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (January 10, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/D. Duchaine/K. Stepanchak] Happy New Year! On the last working day of 2018, the JVC Cambodia team held a meeting about “Where should we dig a reservoir?” Villagers, the village headman, and two of executive officers attended the meeting. Why are we going to dig a reservoir? From May to August 2018 (may be longer than this, if we include the preparatory period), we have reviewed our activities for these two years and half. We then realized that more than 70% of the participants who practiced food processing and farming training produced a good result. On the other…

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