Video completed: JVC’s 40-year history in Cambodia

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (September 18, 2021); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/M. Olagoke] Hello. I am Omura, in charge of the Cambodia Project. A video that summarizes the 40-year history of JVC’s activities in Cambodia has now been completed, thanks to our volunteers! We could successfully cover the production expenses (¥ 1,627,280) through donations from many people, which was more than what we had expected. All the production committee members truly appreciate your support. We were encouraged enormously by the amount of money and felt sympathy from many people. Thank you very much indeed. The excess budget is intended for producing an English version, Khmer version, and a DVD…

Read more

Our Vocational Training Program Begins

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (September 15, 2021); Translated by C. Rosenberg] In South Kordofan, Sudan, there are many young people who have been unable to get an education or learn skills that will help them find work due to conflict in the region. In addition, it is not easy to find a job in Kaduqli, where there are few job opportunities for people who need to support their families because their parents have passed away or live in rebel-controlled areas. Because of this, many people work in agriculture during the rainy season, and charcoal-making during the dry season. However, such a lifestyle is very difficult in Sudan, where…

Read more

Limited sale! Bring smiles to children by supporting the 2022 International Cooperation Calendar!

[Original by Mai NAMIKI, Public Relations/Fundraising Manager (September 14, 2021); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi] The 2022 JVC International Cooperation Calendar is on sale from September 1. The calendar has been sold for 35 years through the support of many fans. Let the smiles of children from all over the world warm your heart by hanging a calendar on your wall. This year’s photographer is Mr. Masashi MITSUI. He has been taking pictures in Asian frontiers while traveling by motorcycle. He has been taking pictures guided by the theme of smiles and working people and was awarded the 2018 Grand Prix of Nikkei National Geographic Photography Award. The theme…

Read more

Situation in Afghanistan and Safety of Local Partner Officials

According to news reports, the Taliban has rapidly expanded its control area in Afghanistan and has taken over almost the entire country. It is reported that many civilians have been killed and injured, and we are heartbroken. In the eastern province of Nangarhar, we partnered with Your Voice Organization (YVO), a local NGO, to support local educational activities. Although our activities ended in May this year, YVO’s activities have continued since then and we have kept in touch with YVO and continue to be interested in the situation in Afghanistan. We have been in contact with the YVO staff and have started to understand the situation. According to YVO in…

Read more

The first online tour in Cambodia

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 26, 2021); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] Hello. This is Mariko Omura from Cambodia. Shortly after the lockdown was lifted on May 18 in Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan raised the level of infectious disease warning for Cambodia to LEVEL 3 (suspension of travel advisory). Indeed, the number of infected people in Cambodia has not decreased as fast as expected. But the country’s economy has been dependent on tourism, and I would love to see the town of Siem Reap be busy with many tourists again. What I can do now is to hope that this pandemic can soon be…

Read more

Schools Closed due to Another Armed Conflict: Students’ and Teachers’ Reflections

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (June 9, 2021); Translated by C. Rosenberg] JVC runs five supplementary schools in Kaduqli. At the end of March, an ethnic conflict broke out in Shair district, which is near one of the schools. A group of herders were traveling with their livestock when a dispute with the locals over water for their livestock broke out, which descended into a gunfight. The Sudanese Armed Forces were dispatched to the scene, but the locals blocked the roads and set checkpoints for the passing vehicles in resistance. Soon after, the following events occurred: A man uninvolved with the conflict who came to Kaduqli for a wedding…

Read more

Emergency support for Gaza, Palestine

In the Gaza Strip, Palestine, 11 days of airstrikes by Israeli authority killed 256 people including 66 children and injured about 2,000 people since May 10 (as of June 6). The airstrikes intensified day by day, and people spent days in fear. We received heartbreaking messages from the local people every day: “I might be the next to die,” “I just want you to pray for us,” “I can’t stand up because my legs are shaking, and I can’t even press the buttons on my phone because my hands are shaking.” Although a ceasefire was reached on May 21, the buildings and infrastructure in Gaza have been terribly damaged. While…

Read more

Unbelievable sales of herbs! Where does this great confidence come from?

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 18, 2021); Translated by E. Miyazaki/M. Olagoke] Hello, this is Mariko Omura from Cambodia. The three-week lockdown finally ended on May 6 except for certain regions! I will finally be able to return to our project site near Siem Reap soon. I thought that the restriction on selling alcohol would also end at the same time, so I drank all the beer stocked at home. But I found out that the restriction will continue until May 22. Oh well… She did it on her own for her son! Ms. Sok Soth. I would like to report about what happened after we were so…

Read more

Riding on a newly bought XXX ever since two decades!

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 11, 2021); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/H. Lai] It has been nearly three months since I updated this page last time. This time I will introduce Ms. Bopper I notified before, who has been working in the project site for many years and has experienced the biggest challenges and changes. You know Ms. Bopper? Ms. Bopper shows up in our blog sometimes. She eagerly participated in the JVC’s training sessions because in her family only she can work to make money and she couldn’t leave the village to work. Besides, one day she gained about US$ 130 in a trade of her processed ginger…

Read more

Intern Interview 2020: Tara SATO

[Original posted in Hatena Blog by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (March 29, 2021); Translated by C. Rosenberg] Hi everyone! I’m Kanaoka, a public relations intern at JVC! In our sixth interview of our 2020 cycle interns, we selected Tara Sato, who like our previous interviewee Yuna Tamamura, is an intern on the Korea Children Campaign! Tara is always so cheerful and full of energy! Since she was little, she’s been participating in the Korea Children Campaign; we interviewed her about many things, including how it feels to be on the promotional side of our activities. Let’s take a look at her answers! First of all, could you introduce…

Read more