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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The year I spent with the Iraq project

[Ghamra RIFAI, Iraq Project (March 28, 2019)] It is already March, and everybody is so busy trying to finalize the details of next year’s plan. While everybody is so busy closing up the fiscal year, I want to take a moment to reflect on this year that I have spent with the JVC Iraq project as a project officer. I arrived at JVC fresh out of engineering school and I had no idea how to run a project. I only had a lot of dreams and determination to create change. The year was started by a big jumble of preparing reports and applications for funds, and despite the 2018 FY…

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STAFF INTERVIEW: RYOHEI YAMAMURO (LAOS PROJECT)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern and Ayane ISHIZUKA, 2018 Webpage Update Intern (October 25, 2018); Translated by Y. Miki/S. Altman] Hello! My name is Fujii, a PR intern in 2018 for JVC. It has been 3 years since the Staff Interviews began in 2015 and we have more staff now. So then, this year we decided to resume the interviews with new members. Contents will include their reasons for working at an NGO, the unexpected sides of the staff, and so on. We will try to post updates frequently. Please check it out and enjoy our pages! Well… The very first person of 2018 is Ryohei Yamamuro,…

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Nonviolence-training workshop

[Ghamra RIFAI, Iraq Project (March 7, 2019)] During his last visit to Japan, Aree, the director of our Iraq partner organization “INSAN”, held many events including two nonviolence-training workshops with JVC. Nonviolence workshops have become a JVC-Iraq project annual tradition, during the Iraq staffs yearly visit to Japan. We hold these workshops to be a learning tool for the team but also to draw the attention of the Japanese public to various forms of violence that are being practiced unknowingly in daily lives and ways to avoid these kinds of violent tendencies that we all might have. In principle, most of us believe in cooperation, nonviolence, and acceptance of others.…

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LETTING CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL

– We’ve Built an Elementary School at a Refugee Camp! – [Original by Reiko KOBAYASHI, Sudan Project (November 27, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Last time, I reported on one of JVC’s projects for supportingsupporting birth registration in Kadugli, South Kordofan Province. This time, I will write a report on another project for supporting a school, which is planning to take in as many students as possible, including those with their birth registration certified. If he was registered with it, a refugee child would go to an elementary school in his area. However, most schools are already overcrowded. It is not unusual that more than one hundred students are…

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Activity report from January to June 2018 (4)

– Support to cultivate vegetables in the Mangaten Camp 1 (Part 2) – [Original by Takaki IMAI, President (October 25, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi/S. Altman] This time we will introduce a discussion with the camps women about the distribution of agricultural tools and management. Distribution of agricultural tools Well, finally it’s the distribution day. We served as volunteers for the women in the camp and lined up the agricultural tools and watering cans in sets and gave them the sets one by one. For the distribution, staff from the Relief Reconstruction Committee (RRC) of the South Sudan government attended but to our surprise, the staff helped the distribution as…

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Muhammad in Gaza

A 10-year old boy undergoing periodic hospitalization for anticancer treatment in Jerusalem away from his family [Original by Yoriko YAMAMURA, Palestine Project (January 10, 2019); Translated by M. Kanai/S. Altman] Hello. My name is Yamamura and I’m serving as a representative at the JVC Jerusalem Office. Today, I would like to introduce an article written by Ms. Hiromoto who’s working as an assistant in our office. About half a year ago, we received an urgent message from a woman who’s a member of an organization collaborating with JVC in our operation in the Gaza Strip about her relative, Muhammad. He was to be admitted to a hospital in East Jerusalem…

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STAFF INTERVIEW: TAKAYUKI YAMAMOTO (SUDAN PROJECT)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern/Takako NASU, 2018 Webpage Analysis Intern (December 25, 2018); Translated by S. Altman] Hello, everyone! I am Fujii, the 2018 Public Relations Intern. This time, in the second round of staff interviews in 2018, I interviewed Takayuki Yamamoto, our local staff worker in Sudan. Mr. Yamamoto started at JVC in April of 2018 and was assigned to Sudan in October of the same year however; this interview was held while he still worked at the Tokyo office before his transfer. Mr. Yamamoto is the epitome of a Kansai person and the life of the party, always making people laugh. Usually he is very…

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Activity report from January to June 2018 (3)

– Support to cultivate vegetables in the Mangaten Camp 1 (Part 1) – [Original by Takaki IMAI, President (October 5, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi/S. Altman] Making a list of family-owned home vegetable gardens When we visited the Mangaten Camp 1 in March, Peter, the camp leader spoke to us with a serious face, “We are in trouble because of the extreme shortage of water, food, and medicine”. The organization which had supported the water supply and medicine so far has finished its activity and withdrawn. Additionally, we heard that people had been displaced from home because of the battle that occurred in the northern part of the country from…

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LETTING CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL – On the Support for Birth Registration –

[Original by Reiko KOBAYASHI, Sudan Project (November 20, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Hello to our regular JVC supporters. The cool season (from December to February) is approaching and it will get colder soon, so I now feel that daily life will become easier in Sudan. It is now around 20 to 25 degrees in the morning and evening in Kadugli, South Kordofan Province in the southern area of Sudan. A local staff member said one morning, “I’ve caught a cold because I slept with the doors open”. She was blowing her nose all day long that day. Now, I would like to report on JVC’s latest activities. More…

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