FROM A FEARFUL CHILD TO A RESPONSIBLE WOMAN: THE JOURNEY OF TABLW, A VOLUNTEER IN INSAN AND PEACE YARD

[Ghamra RIFAI, Iraq Project (January 24, 2019)] Tablw Nozad Tayib, a junior high school graduate Kurdish volunteer, was born in 1993 in Kirkuk and currently lives there in the Raheem Aawa district. Tablw lives with her five-member family which consists of her parents and three siblings. Her sister, Tania, is a sixth grade student and her brother, Towana, does not go to school. Tablw lived a difficult life of deprivation and pain, her father was a taxi driver and was barely able to make ends meet. She said, “we lived in a rented place and because of our bad economic situation my siblings and I had to drop out of…

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Activity report from January to June 2018 (2)

– Support children to attend school in the Mangaten domestic refugee camp (Distribution of school goods in an elementary school) – [Original by Takaki IMAI, President (August 28, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi/S. Altman] There is an elementary school for the children of refugees in Camp 1. The roof of the classrooms is built of galvanized iron sheets and the walls are made of bamboo material. There are 6 classes, one for preschool children and five for children up to the 5th grade. We have visited families inside the camp with the help of teachers in January and made a list of 300 children including those who hadn’t attended school.…

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Activity report from January to June 2018 (1)

Introduction – What is the Mangaten domestic refugee camp? – [Original by Takaki IMAI, President (August 23, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi/S. Altman] JVC continues activities in the Mangaten domestic refugee camp in the suburb of the capital of South Sudan, Juba. Presently, no Japanese staff resides in the local office because of security issues, but we correspond with local South Sudanese staff and continue business trips from Japan in order to carry on the operation. This time I report the status of our activities from January to June in 2018. What is the Magaten domestic refugee camp? Mangaten is located in the north of the Munuki district, which is…

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INTRODUCTION OF ON-SITE STAFF MEMBERS 2018

[Original from the JVC’s News Letter “Trial & Error” vol. 330 (Spring issue, 2018); Translated by N. Mizutani] We work together with a number of local staff in our overseas offices. Here we introduce them with their memories of the biggest events they had in 2017. The following on-site staff are as of March 2018. Afghanistan Ajmal Khuram (Education coordinator) I visited India with my mother. This was her first time to travel by air. We enjoyed living spending time with Indian people who have totally different culture and religions.   Abdul Wahab (Program coordinator) We hope this year will be a peaceful year for Afghanistan and that armed groups…

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REPORT ON OFFICIAL TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA NO. 3: PREPARING FOR OUR ACTIVITIES AFTER THE FISCAL YEAR 2018

[Original by Naoko WATANABE, South Africa Project/Manager of the Community Development Group (February 28, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] In continuation of the previous report (No. 2). JVC South Africa is preparing for expanding our experiences and outcomes of activities from our current operating places to neighboring areas after the fiscal year 2018. Based on our experiences up to now, we anticipate that many difficulties are sure to arise in new areas of our activities. We asked people around us and obtained their advice about how to overcome such difficulties. We will make good use of it in investigating and making our plans from now on. An interview with…

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AREE’S TWO WEEKS – Our Iraqi partner’s visit to Japan –

[Ghamra RIFAI, Iraq Project (December 13, 2018)] INSAN Iraqi Society works to build peace through building peace capacities of individuals and of civil society, enhancing good governance and participatory decision-making processes to ensure fair participation of all community components, as well as empowering communities through knowledge and development to ensure coexistence and cohesion. In 2008 JVC started cooperation with INSAN to introduce peaceful thinking to the Iraqi society through children. The cooperation started with JVC providing funds for peace building workshops for children in Kirkuk in Iraq and as the time has passed the project has developed to creating a place for children in which they can be themselves without…

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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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Vote for children in South Sudan to help them go to school !

The voting campaign for helping everyone on earth has started as usual this year. It is organized by “the Global Village Fund” of Felissimo Corporation, which has been supporting JVC for a long time. JVC was awarded for the first prize last year. We are grateful for their support! The Global Village Fund by Felissimo Corporation is based on donations in a unit of 100 yen per month. It is aimed to support projects conducted around the world such as “self-reliance from poverty”, “relief from natural disasters,” and “support for restoration.” Six projects including JVC’s South Sudan Project are nominated for the vote of this year. The campaign receives votes…

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REPORT ON OFFICIAL TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA NO. 2: MEALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

[Original by Naoko WATANABE, South Africa Project (February 27, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] In continuation of the previous report (No. 1). When explaining JVC’s activities in South Africa to people, they often ask me, “What do you eat during your stay there?”. Since JVC’s local office serves as accommodation too, Dudu, our local staff member, is usually living in the office. This is because her house is very far away in Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa. When I went to South Africa on an official trip, I also stayed in the office and cooked with Dudu every day. Previously, Dudu had rarely cooked during my stay because…

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Charity Concert “Dream of Arab”

– For the children of Iraq – Let’s Enjoy Arabic Music for Charity! JVC will help organize a charity concert to enjoy beautiful music with the Arabic musical instrument called “oud” meaning “Queen of Instruments.” Please experience the exotic world of Arabic culture, which is full of mystery and fascination. The concert proceeds are going to help support the activities of JVC in Iraq. Conflicts have been getting worse in Iraq because of differences in race and religion, which worst affect children. JVC regularly organizes workshops called “Peace Yard,” through which children can learn how to peacefully live together. Also, JVC workers can help treat their mental health problems. We…

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