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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Join our Crowdfunding project for Iraqi Children!

JVC Iraq project has been providing support for 630 children and their families in total to relieve their psychological wounds, fear and trauma. We really need to collect funds for the project now, as psychological care support for children with trauma should not be delayed. If this support comes too late, these children might miss their chance for social rehabilitation and integration in the earlier stages. Although attention to the situation of Iraq is decreasing after the victory declaration over the IS, it won’t mean that all the problems caused by the IS have been solved. Unfortunately, support for the JVC Iraqi project has also been sharply decreasing alongside the…

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TRC HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE LIBRARY AT THE ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 28, 2019); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Hello, everyone. JVC Cambodia Office transferred the TRC (Trainer’s Resource Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development) to the Library at the Royal University of Agriculture of Cambodia on February 27th, 2019. We started the TRC in 1994. It had been putting books out for general use and lending them to the public for free, having a library of about six thousand books related to agriculture, rural village development and the environment both at home and abroad. After much discussion with the parties concerned, we came to the conclusion that it was best to transfer the…

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Message from the representative of YVO

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (July 30, 2019); Translated by K. Adachi/D. Duchaine] The local office of JVC Afghanistan became independent and locally incorporated as an NGO registered in the Afghanistan government in March 2019. The name of this new organization is Your Voice Organization (YVO). From this April onward, JVC will be working on community education and peace building with YVO. We deliver this message from Mr. Sabirullah, YVO representative: Click here to learn the background of localization.

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Report on the localization of the JVC Afghanistan local office

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (April 12, 2019); Translated by K. Adachi/D. Duchaine/K. Stepanchak] In March 2019, the local office of JVC Afghanistan became independent, locally incorporated, and registered as a new NGO by the Afghan government. After much deliberation by local staff, the name, Your Voice Organization (YVO), was selected for this new organization. While YVO will manage the organization from fiscal year 2019, JVC signed a partnership contract with YVO, and we will continue to work together for community education and peace building as before. The name: Your Voice Organization means that we will listen to the voices and thoughts of people, especially the precious voices of…

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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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