Pictures drawn by Afghan Children

[Original by Asako SHIRAKAWA, Volunteer for Afghanistan Project (June 11, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/S. Altman] JVC produces and sells New Year’s cards every year, using pictures of zodiac animals drawn by children around the world. Some of them may not have been picked out, but each one has originality and heals people. Today I will introduce some pictures drawn by Afghan children. That’s all for today! Please look forward to next time!

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What is your image of peace? – Peace drawing workshop at the Ahmad Kot boys’ school –

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (May 14, 2019); Translated by Y. Miki/S. Altman] In the villages where JVC’s Afghan staff work, we continue steady efforts to practice peace actions. This time we are reporting about a workshop on drawing peace pictures. This activity was realized because the teachers in the village requested us to come conduct some peace actions at their school as well. What is peace? It’s easy to say but difficult to imagine its specific shape. It is also very different depending on the people and the environment where they live. In this workshop, about 50 students of the Ahmad Kot boys’ school, which is located in…

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Sharing early spring from the Jerusalem office

[Original by Mai NAMIKI, Public Relations (February 28, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/S. Altman] Hello, this is Namiki, the former program officer of the Palestine project. I moved to the Public Relations department this January. I will start reporting what you want to know about our work overseas and the local people. I would be glad if you could feel closer with us. I went on a business trip to Jerusalem, Palestine, this February. From my previous experience, I thought it would be cold in Jerusalem. February is the rainy season in the Middle East and it usually rains a lot. However, this year, it was warm and full of…

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Event Report: A meeting held to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and the United Nations Decade of Family Farming

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern (March 14, 2019); Translated by M. Kanai] Good afternoon. My name is Fujii. I am a JVC’s public relations intern for fiscal year 2018. Today, I would like to report on a meeting which was held on February 18, 2019 to discuss the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in a venue set in the Diet Members’ Office Building. The meeting was attended by farmers, academics/researchers, government officials, and civic groups. Let me briefly explain the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People…

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The photographer of the Year for the 2020 JVC Calendar has been chosen!

[Original by Kei ITO, Secretariat of the Calendar Project (May 21, 2019); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Hello, I am Kei Ito, the secretariat of the calendar project. JVC has been selling the JVC calendar for international cooperation every year. The 2019 JVC Calendar marked the 30th anniversary of our calendars. So, starting afresh, we are now in the middle of making next year’s calendar. We have received a lot of feedback from supporters saying that they are looking forward to seeing JVC’s calendar every year (thank you so much!). I would like to inform you of the outline of next year’s calendar, its production process, interesting bits of related…

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Are You Okay with Insects…?

[Original posted on EXPAT by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (September 28, 2018); Translated by M. Goto/S. Altman] Hello everyone, I live in the farming village, Kampong Kdei, which is an hour and half away from Siem Reap. Japanese people often say that Phnom Penh, the capital, resembles Tokyo and Siem Reap, the town full of ruins, can be compared to Kyoto. How about Kampong Kdei where I live? Is it … Gifu!? (no proof) Anyway, this is a calm countryside, which is not very far from sightseeing places where many tourists come. When I say that I live in the countryside, people ask me “Are you okay with insects?” They…

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TRIP DIARY TO KESENNUMA: What has an intern in active service learned from Kesennuma on natural disaster, international cooperation and life as it ought to be?

TRIP DIARY TO KESENNUMA: What has an intern in active service learned from Kesennuma on natural disaster, international cooperation and life as it ought to be? [Original by Ayane ISHIZUKA, 2018 Intern for Home Page Renewal (October 2, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Hello, everyone. I am Ishizuka, an intern. I made a field trip to Kesennuma together with Mr. Toshihiro Shimizu, JVC’s Vice President, and Mr. Yokoyama, who is in charge of the Minami Soma Project. It was arranged as a fact-finding tour so that it would be reported in the Anayama-machi Sanma* Festival to be held in Anayama-machi, Nirasaki city, Yamanashi prefecture on the 13th of October…

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JVC’s emergency appeal: Mozambique cyclone

Your cooperation is needed to help farmers rebuild their livelihood in response to their voices [Translated by M. Kanai/S. Altman] The worst cyclone damage in history in the Southern Hemisphere In mid-March, Tropical Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa with full force. Three countries namely Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi suffered great damages such as destruction of infrastructure and houses. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has designated the scale and urgency of the crisis as Level 3 which is equal to that of Syria and South Sudan both of which are respectively under conflict. More than 90 percent of some 2 million people affected by the cyclone are said to…

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CHARITY SALON CONCERT Music from utopia

– Listening to Afghan traditional music – Due to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, sad images of the country might be the first thing to come to mind. However, it used to be the meeting point of the ancient trade routes known as the Silk Road. At that time, there was a diversity of people and cultures interacting and they made music together while uniting. At this concert, you will experience some emotional melodies through a traditional stringed instrument rubab from this region and emotional music which holds nostalgia made by an old poet. Please enjoy their music while thinking about Afghanistan, called utopia, where the beautiful land spreads out…

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At a school in East Jerusalem: The students who are changing even in a difficult situation

[Original by Yoriko YAMAMURA, Palestine Project (December 20, 2018); Translated by M. Takahashi/S. Altman] Hello, everyone. It’s been cold in Jerusalem. There are many houses built on stones here. We feel colder inside of a house than outside. This time I am going to tell you about a school in East Jerusalem that we visited under our project. We visited the Hassan Al-Thani School located close to the old town in East Jerusalem. Together with our partner organization, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), we provide various kinds of training for the students of the school health committee. The students work with local residents in order to solve problems in…

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