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…

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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…

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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…

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Staff Interview: Shigeru KIMURA (Public Relations & Fundraiser)

[Original by Yui SHOJI, 2020 Public Relations Intern (March 23, 2021); Translated by M. Kanai/A. Taguchi] Hello, everyone. My name is Shoji. I am a 2020 Public Relations intern. In this session, I invited Shigeru Kimura from the Public Relations & Fundraising group. He was once a JVC representative in Thailand. He spent more than 10 years in total in Thailand ever since his first visit as a student! He was in Thailand even on the day of his graduation from university. After leaving JVC for a while to launch activities on his own, he later rejoined JVC in 2015. I would like to ask him what international cooperation means…

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2020 Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program – A Tour of the Okubo Area

[Original by Yuna TAMAMURA, an intern on the “Korea Children Campaign,” the Relief Campaign Committee for Children, Japan (March 23, 2021); Translated by H. Ueda/M. Olagoke] Thank you for your interest in my report. I am Tamamura, an intern on the Korea Children Campaign. Under the global pandemic, how are you doing, everyone? I’m making a report of the tour of the Okubo area, Shinjuku, which we conducted in the fall of 2020 taking measures to prevent the infection of COVID-19. We walked around downtown of the Okubo area, sometimes stopping at and dropping by places with exposed traces of historical struggles which we had so far passed by unnoticed.…

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Activities and Status Report During the Corona Pandemic

[Original (March 26, 2021); Translated by K. Adachi/A. Taguchi] JVC runs supplementary classes for the children of refugees who lost the opportunity for education in Kaduqli, South Kordofan State of Sudan. Kaduqli is a region that has experienced conflicts for a long time and the importance of education is being emphasized in order to build a society that does not rely on violence. This year, we constructed multiple school buildings and donated desks and chairs. Considering the risk of infection from the new coronavirus, elementary schools in Kaduqli are currently dispersing the students for each grade level. We will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Education and related parties…

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Changes brought about by the reservoirs – Rapidly changing landscape

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (February 11, 2021); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] I have reported about the changes brought about by the reservoirs in my previous article. Recently, there are further changes in the vegetable gardens around the reservoirs. Look at this huge change! (1) I visited the house of Sim Meas for the first time in a few months. As soon as she saw me, she took me to her vegetable garden. “Look at this! There was nothing here before, but it has changed into like this,” she said enthusiastically and talked a lot about her vegetable garden. Indeed, there was a great change (see photos arranged…

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COVID-19’s Impact on Our Activities in South Africa

[Last updated on March 19, 2021] Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, our partner organizations in South Africa were left with no other choice but to temporarily close the childcare centers that they operate. The “Drop-in Centers” (DIC) that we set up in order to support “Orphan and Vulnerable Children” (OVC), whose complex family situations resulted from the absence of parents, often influenced by AIDS and poverty. The DICs are operated by care volunteers, who are mainly local women. JVC has provided a variety of training initiatives to provide the care volunteers with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for the OVC. Following the closure of the…

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Intern Interview 2020: Miyabi MATSUDA

[Original posted in Hatena Blog by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (December 4, 2020); Translated by M. Goto/H. Lai] Hello everyone! My name is Kazuto Kanaoka. I am a 2020 Public Relations Intern. In the 4th round of 2020 Interviews of Interns, I invited Miyabi Matsuda from the Palestine project. I am impressed that she is calm and hold everything like it should be. I interviewed her and asked about her daily life. If you are interested in Palestine, please check this blog. Here we go! Please tell us about your university life! I major in general policy studies and now I am studying Islamic culture. I plan to…

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Completion of Country Programs in Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq

Thank you for your continued support of JVC. Please be advised that our country programs in Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2020 (March 2021). Last year, JVC celebrated its 40th anniversary. We took this as an opportunity to discuss our course of action for the future; along with considering new developments, we also reviewed the state of our current activities. This discussion led us to the decision to cease activities in the four countries listed above. Since the establishment of our organization in 1980, our activities in Cambodia and Thailand have produced results in various fields, beginning with refugee support and…

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