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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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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