THE COUNTRY CALLED SUDAN (4)

[Original by Takahiko HASHIMOTO, Sudan Project (November 2, 2017); Translated by M. Kanai] Hello to everyone who supports JVC. My name is Hashimoto. Recently we have power failures almost every day. We don’t know when it happens or how long it lasts. In the event of a power cut in the daytime while it is bright, we can still carry on our work. But power failures at night cause a lot of problems. Now I want to take a bath, but can I in complete darkness? The fan stops and the room temperature suddenly goes up. But I cannot open the windows lest mosquitoes are encouraged to enter. Hopefully I…

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THE COUNTRY CALLED SUDAN (3)

[Original by Takahiko HASHIMOTO, Sudan Project (November 2, 2017); Translated by M. Kanai] Hello to everyone who supports JVC. My name is Hashimoto. Today, I would like to introduce you to the JVC Khartoum office. The JVC Khartoum office is about a 20 minute-taxi ride from the Khartoum International Airport. It is housed in a building located in the Manshiya district. The owner of the building lives with a large family but has some space for rent, and JVC occupies the second floor as a tenant. Entering through the gate, there is a courtyard surrounded by a building where the children of the owner’s family are always enjoying soccer. Going…

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Messages from 4 Palestinians Out of 5.9 million

– Discovering the reality of the Palestinians, who make up the largest refugee group in the world, from their real voices – Photo Exhibition of Palestine (May 19 – June 6, 2018) Workshop and talk event (May 26): The Palestinian embroidery inherited by Palestinian refugees Palestinian refugees have not been able to go back to their own home for 70 years since the foundation of Israel in 1948. The number of refugees at first was around 0.7 million, but it has increased to approximately 5.9 million people through generations. Nowadays, Palestinian refugees make up the largest group of refugees in the world. Peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine have become…

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Film Screening of “Zan”

About the film In Henoko, Okinawa, there lives the Dugong, an endangered species. Zan is a documentary that documents these creatures and the people yearning to protect them from the construction of a new U.S. military base. Through this film, we meet nature conservation groups, researchers, citizens who participate in protests, and local residents; we experience the sheer beauty of the natural environment in Henoko; we are made to consider the vital importance of living in peace with the sea that houses the Dugong. Title: Zan Director: Richard Grehan Released: 2017 Country: Japan Duration: 73 min Language: Japanese with English subtitles DATE AND TIMEThursday May 31 2018, 7pm-9pm PLACEJapan International…

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International Festival CHIBA

At the Kanda University of International Studies in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, there will be an “International Festival CHIBA” event featuring organizations that engage in international exchange and international cooperation and JVC will also be having an exhibit there! At the festival, the participating organizations will be introducing their activities and selling goods including fair trade products. Since the festival is co-held with an event called “Makuchari ✕ Sorabito” featuring students at the Kanda University of International Studies, you can get to enjoy that event’s charity market too. JVC is planning to talk about our on-site activities around the world and to have various global items on sale. The craft goods…

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REPORT ON OFFICIAL TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA NO. 1: WE ARE NOW HAVING A CONFERENCE FOR OUR ANNUAL PLANS!

[Original by Naoko WATANABE, South Africa Project (February 26, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura] Hello, my name is Naoko Watanabe. I am in charge of the South Africa Project. Now, our staff members of the Community Development Group are visiting our local offices overseas and holding conferences for our annual plans. We are scheduled to have conferences at the end of every fiscal year in order to review that year’s operation results and draft next year’s operation plans and budgets in accordance with each project. I have been likewise occupied in this conference together with our local staff members in South Africa day after day. When we were reviewing operation…

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Staff Interview: Kazuo YOKOYAMA (Kesennuma Project*)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (April 28, 2016); Translated by Y. Nakamura/A. Senkoff] [*Mr. Yokoyama is currently in charge of the Minamisoma project as of April 2018.] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. I will interview today Mr. Yokoyama in charge of the Kesennuma project. He was born in Morioka city, Iwate prefecture, and had grown up in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures until coming to Tokyo to enter university. How did he become involved in his current job? I am looking forward to talking with him about many things! I heard you had built up your career as an engineer…

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Statement on the military attack on Syria by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France

16 April 2018 Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) On the assumption that on 7 April 2018 chemical weapons were used upon innocent civilians in the Eastern Ghouta district of Syria, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France on 14 April 2018 conducted a military attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), have undertaken humanitarian aid in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Palestine to aid local peoples suffering from conflicts. Having witnessed the serious harm inflicted upon innocent citizens by the military actions of countries such as the United States and Russia, as well as by the government of Syria…

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THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE CHARITY BAZAAR @ CAMBODIA

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (March 15, 2018); Translated by M. Tang/J. Hills] Good afternoon! This is Mariko Omura from Cambodia. On March 11th 2018, a charity bazaar in aid of the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake was held at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This bazaar was organized by the famous Cambodia pepper maker, KURATA PEPPER, and sponsored by many well-known stores in Phnom Penh. This time, we took the chance to donate the proceeds of this charity bazaar to JVC’s Kesennuma and Minamisoma Projects. On that day, I was in charge of a large panel exhibition booth, which was prepared by KURATA PEPPER. The bazaar started at…

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Promoting Peace Building through ‘Peace Yard’ Activities

[Original by Ghamra Rifai, Volunteer of the Iraq Project Team and Emi Nakano, Assistant of the Iraq Project Team (6 March 2018); Translated by M. Kanai/R. Florea] Here is the report on the activities of ‘Peace Yard’implemented jointly by INSAN (Iraqi Society for Relief and Development) and JVC from August to October 2017. 1. Selection of participants In five districts including Rapareen in Kirkuk City, we approached the parents of children who were not attending school and called for participation in our Social Art Workshop. We had a meeting with the parents, explained our activities, and tried to obtain detailed information about the participating children. In cooperation with the INSAN…

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