Challenge! Peace Action in Tora Bora (1)

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (September 2, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/K. Takemura] One day in February, I got a Skype contact from Sabirullah, the representative of the local office in Afghanistan. He said, “Maki, finally!” Today is a very special day in our peace action activities. Seven villagers of the Kuz Kunar district, where we have implemented our projects, are going to visit another area with JVC staff and experience interaction with the villagers there! This program required long time for preparation, since the area is so insecure that even the transportation of people is difficult. The destination is an area called “Tora Bora” in the Pachir Wa…

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Zubaida, a New Female Staff Member

[Original by M. KATO, Afghanistan Project (July 29, 2019); Translated by H. Ueda/J. Sparks] Unfortunately, the female staff member I introduced to you in my previous blog left our office at the end of March, 2019. It is hard for local staff members, especially for women, to work for a long time under the current social circumstances. After recruitment efforts, however, we found a new female staff member that joined us from June, 2019. Female staff members are indispensable to us given the participants in our literacy program that we are now working on with our partner organization, YVO (Your Voice Organization), are mostly female. Zubaida, please introduce yourself. Hello,…

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PICTURES DRAWN BY AFGHAN CHILDREN (Vol. 2)

[Original by Asako SHIRAKAWA, Volunteer for Afghanistan Project (November 11, 2019); Translated by K. Otake] Thanks for your support, here’s the second series of the pictures drawn by Afghan children. They did their best to draw these pictures for New Year’s cards that JVC produces every year. This time I would like to introduce some pictures of dogs, sheep, and monkeys from zodiac animals. 〇I can’t take my eyes off this one. How cute this whining dog is. It looks like a fluffy plush dog. What is it at the end of its tail? 〇Among the pictures of sheep, this is drawn in the most realistic way. What is this…

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Joint statement by Japanese and Afghan NGOs

[Original (December 4, 2019); Translated by K. Takemura/M. Kato] A shooting incident happened in Afghanistan on December 4, 2019. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, head of an NGO called Peshawar-kai, known locally as PMS, and its five local staff were killed in this incident. We express our deepest condolences to them, their families, friends, and those concerned, and strongly condemn any kinds of violent attack to civil societies. We have received many voices of sadness and anger from Afghanistan about this incident. Here is a joint statement by JVC and Your Voice Organization (YVO), our partner NGO in Afghanistan. Joint Statement: We strongly condemn the armed attack to the activities of NGOs…

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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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MR. MEHRAB KHAN’S LIFE

[Original by Sabirullah MEMLAWAL/Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (December 11, 2018); Translated by Y. Miki/S. Altman] Here, I would like to talk about the story of Mr. Mehrab Khan. We are both from the Khogynai District and met each other more than 20 years ago. It was around the time when the Taliban controlled the political power here. According to the people in his village, he was very wealthy and had a great life working in the wood business as a timber merchant since his village was in a mountainous area. Although, I didn’t see him that often, he still seemed really happy. After this period of peace, the new government…

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SHOWBINA’S NEW DREAM

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (October 30, 2018); Translated by Y. Miki] JVC started literacy lessons in several villages in Afghanistan this summer. The lessons are for people who either could not make the long commute to school, or for those who could not attend school in their younger days due to some issues. The lessons offer the opportunity to learn reading and writing skills again. Our local female staff, Karima, interviewed one of the students there. Showbina is a 25-year-old woman who is taking literacy lessons of Ms. Sayra in the Kachara village. She is from an economically unstable family. Her father is a farmer and her mother…

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