|Country Name||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Population||195.4 million people (Pakistan Economic Survey 2015-16)|
|Demographics||Punjabis, Sindhi, Pashtuns, Baloch|
|Languages||Urdu (National Language), English (Official Language)|
As of September 2019, in Kurram district the schools and medical facilities were without drinkable water nor facilities to keep hygienic environment nor dust bins. The students did not have enough knowledge about hygiene such as washing hands and they did not have choice to defecate outdoor, because there were no toilets at the schools. The fact that the schools did not have toilets affected the percentage of school attendance of the girls especially.
As water supply support activities, JEN secured the water source and ensured access to safe drinking water by establishing new drinking water supply schemes(water supply pipe-lines, water collection tanks, surface water tanks and etc.) and water quality inspections for the 20 schools and 14 clinics(beneficiaries #: 48,786 people).
As hygiene support activities, we constructed and rehabilitated sanitation facilities (installing toilets, hand-wash basins etc.) for the same locations (20schools and 14 clinics). Also, we distributed minimum-required hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, nail cutter, soaps etc.) for 2,400 children to maintain and improve their hygienic behavior through hygiene awareness.
Moreover, we provided “operation & maintenance kits (simple repair tools for water sanitation facilities)” to 34 parents and teachers committees named "Talimi Islahi Jirgah (TIJ)" which activated by the projects. Thus, these committees can maintain the facilities after the project ended under the supervision by the education department, health department and public sanitation and engineering department.
student practicing with teachers
after leaning hygiene education (washing hands)
the newly constructed toilets and wash basin.
As of November 2020, the people in poverty had lost their daily work due to the covid-19. There are no alternative sources of income, and they received no significant assistance from the government or NGOs, other than limited assistance from their relatives and friends.
Then, we collected information about those people affected by the new corona from health department and identified 368 households, more fragile than the others. JEN urgently distributed foods and sanitation items (soaps, the detergents for toilet and clothes, etc.) to prevent new corona infections towards these 368 households (2,576 people).
Not only the project participants, but also the government have praised this effective distribution of the project. The monitoring after the distribution found out that the provided foods support their financial situation strongly and people said that they could prepare themselves to take care family incase if their family member got covid-19. We received such a hopeful answer from the project participants.
We provided food and sanitary products (soap, bleach for cleaning the toilet, etc.) for 254 households in Mirpur most affected by the earthquake, and ultimately protected the community from the negative effects of COVID-19. Additionally, we distributed food to the same 254 households, as many of the people lost their day labor jobs due to lockdown measures against COVID-19, and were on the brink of a food crisis.
Although the items were transported to the households through a contractor, many members of the community volunteered to help guide the trader and our staffs to homes and carry materials inside. During the same time, the JEN staff held enlightenment discussing the importance of hygiene and sanitation (e.g.: washing hands with soap, etc.) with an emphasis on how it can be applied in this current pandemic.
In addition, it should be noted that these 254 households were selected from the 640 households (part of the target households in JPF’s Winter Earthquake Support Project, which ended in May of 2020) negatively affected by the major earthquake in September 2019. These 254 households showed significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 lockdown measures.
In the Mirpur District of the Azad Kashmir Territory, we distributed cold weather tents and related non-food items (plastic mattresses, plastic sheets, and sanitation kits) to 640 households (approximately 4,480 individuals) most affected by the earthquake.
Through this, the households were able to adequately prepare for the upcoming winter.
At the same time, we implemented social psychological support efforts (counseling and social psychology education) with an emphasis on emotional care for individuals that had been affected by the earthquake and had concerns about restructuring their lifestyles.
Materials on IEC (Information, education, communication) regarding social psychological support were distributed to further enhance the public’s understanding of this topic. Individuals that suffered from significant emotional distress received individual counseling sessions, and if needed, were refereed to appropriate governmental clinics. We were able to establish a system in which when members of the Women’s Committee identified a case of significant emotional distress, the members will notify Focal Persons or FP (Community supporters that would connect members of the community experiencing significant emotional distress with appropriate specialists) who were selected for this project, and the FP then notify the local health department.
This project was centered around improvement of living infrastructure, with a focus on the renovation of water and sanitation facilities for the returnee population in the Kurram District.
As part of the water supply aid efforts, we worked to secure clean water supplies in 10 villages through conservation of preexisting water sources, construction of drinking water distribution schemes (supply lines, water storage tanks, surface water tanks, etc.), and implementation of water quality tests.
Furthermore, in order to ensure continuity of project efforts, 10 water management committees were formed, and through hosting trainings on facility management and maintenance, and distributing toolkits, the committees gained the ability to perform operation and maintenance duties independently.
As part of sanitation aid efforts, we conducted the following:
1.Distributed necessary sanitation and hygiene kits to 2,500 households in the 38 target villages and raised awareness of the importance of sanitation and hygiene
2.Constructed drainage systems in 22 of the 38 target villages
3.Constructed drainage systems for 6 elementary schools
4.Constructed sanitation and hygiene facilities (toilets and hand-washing stations) for 9 elementary schools
5.Educated students attending the target elementary schools (1,469 students) on the importance of hygiene habits
Within the community, we worked to maintain and improve sanitation and hygiene habits at both the individual and household level.
JEN provided food and anthelmintics for livestock and vaccination services to 500 households with internally displaced persons who had escaped from North Waziristan to the Bannu District. JEN also provided assistance to keep livestock healthy and to prevent livestock diseases. JEN distributed materials to 155 households (out of the 500 households) so that they could build livestock stalls for protection—to raise and take good care of their livestock. In addition, JEN recruited and trained livestock instructors. The instructors were selected from people who participated in assistance activities to improve awareness, such as how to prepare oneself in managing livestock. Furthermore, JEN established a Livestock Management Committee composed of senior members, livestock instructors, staff members of the Livestock Industry Bureau, and veterinarians in private practice. By the end of this assistance project, households—that JEN provided assistance—raised and took good care of their livestock. This contributed to securing food supplies and to regaining livelihood.
A huge earthquake—a magnitude 7.5 earthquake with the epicenter located in Afghanistan—occurred in October 26, 2015. This earthquake also caused damages in Pakistan, a neighboring country. The earthquake caused severe damage in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, especially in the Shangla District. In addition to the deaths and injuries, 12,755 houses partially or totally collapsed. JEN conducted an emergency survey and then provided emergency assistance to 770 households in four districts. During winter in the Shangla District, a disaster-stricken region, the nighttime temperature can fall below 7 oC. Therefore, providing assistance to the residents who were facing a severe winter weather was urgent. Accordingly, JEN distributed kitchen appliances—such as cooking pots, kettles, frying pans, spoons, and plates; as well as items necessary to survive through winter—such as quilted fabrics, cotton mattresses, pillows, children’s clothes, and women’s shawls.
From the second half of 2011, JEN started distributing goats to the internally displaced persons living in the Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province as part of JEN’s assistance so that the internally displaced persons could regain livelihood. In order to conduct the assistance activities, JEN selected livestock instructors from the internally displaced persons. JEN also collaborated with the Prefectural Livestock Bureau to conduct training for the instructors. JEN asked these instructors to play a role in disseminating knowledge to the other households with displaced persons about how to breed goats and about goat management.
JEN conducted a survey to examine the development after the goat distribution. The survey showed that people used the goat milk to help improve their living conditions—they consumed the goat milk at home, sold goat milk at the market, and the like. The survey also showed that in approximately 25% of the 500 households—in which the goats were first distributed—the does had given birth for the second time. Some of the internally displaced persons sold the young goats immediately as they had urgent expenditures such as medical expenses for family members who were ill. However, most of the internally displaced persons have not sold the young goats yet and are still raising them. They are hoping that the value of the goats will increase when the does grow up.
An environment where people can live a healthy life is necessary in order for the internally displaced persons to return home. JEN distributed roof-repair kits (bricks, doors, windows, and the like) to 145 households with returning displaced persons in the Kurram Tribal Agency, which is located in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA). The returning displaced persons quickly took the distributed items home and began repairing their homes before the winter season started. In addition, JEN installed tanks and repaired pipelines in order to improve the water sanitation environment. Furthermore, JEN conducted workshops about sanitation to teach the importance of making handwashing a habit and to prevent diarrhea. As a result, personal hygiene habits primarily among women and children improved. A Water Management Committee has been established to maintain a mechanism so that the returning refugees have sustainable access to clean water.
The internally displaced persons who had escaped from the battle between the government and the Islamic armed groups evacuated to Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. Approximately 700 and 500 households evacuated to Narai Area in Mardan District and to the Panjpir Area in the Swabi District, respectively. JEN provided assistance to these regions by giving out tents for shelter, kitchen appliances, and the like to 1,200 households (approximately 9,000 people) with displaced persons who had escaped from the battles without anything but the clothes they were wearing. JEN provided these items so that the displaced persons could live in the evacuation centers. JEN provided instructions on how to assemble the tents and how to maintain the tents during tent distribution in order to promote the victims’ sense of ownership. JEN also distributed the tents to the community so that the tents could be used continuously and for a long time as warehouses.
Furthermore, the survey that collected the information about the local needs showed that this area required measures against summer heat. There were many mosquitoes in the evacuation areas. JEN distributed mosquito nets and foldable beds so that the displaced persons could sleep safely. At the same time, deteriorating sanitary condition was a serious problem among displaced persons who lived in small and heavily populated areas. JEN also distributed hygiene kits in these areas.
A magnitude of 6.4 earthquake occurred in the Balochistan Province—located in the western region of Pakistan—on October 29, 2008. More than 160 people were killed, more than 370 people were injured, and more than 7,000 people were displaced. The disaster-stricken area is a mountainous area with an elevation of approximately 2,400 meters. The nighttime temperatures fall below zero degrees Celsius. Many residents were forced to live outdoors even under such harsh natural environment. These residents lived in harsh conditions as their everyday goods, such as cooking appliances, were buried in the debris; they had to rely on meals distributed by the local NGOs for daily meals.
JEN provided supplies that were necessary and urgently needed to the victims of the earthquake and supported the victims’ daily life for the time being. At the same time, JEN helped in preventing secondary damages, which include damage to victims’ health (from the severe cold temperatures and the deterioration of sanitary conditions), psychological damage (from uncertainty about their life), and the delay of reconstruction (due to the delay in debris removal). JEN distributed emergency supplies—such as tents for surviving through the winter, daily necessities and daily tools, and tools for removing debris and for rebuilding houses—to the Ziarat District and the Pishin District, the districts worst affected by the earthquake.
Immediately after the earthquake, JEN provided assistance to the victims living in the mountainous areas—where there was little support—in the Bagh District where assistance tend to be left behind. In particular, JEN provided assistance when media coverage and support for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake had decreased. JEN provided continuous assistance—from emergency assistance to reconstruction assistance—that were long-term and tailored to meet specific local needs in cooperation with the local people.
In UC (Union Council) Kalamura, the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius during the winter. JEN built six schools in UC Kalamura of Haveli, Bagh District, so that the children who were studying outdoors could study in a safe and a comfortable environment. These schools are earthquake resistant and made of lightweight reinforcing steel.
This district is located halfway up the mountainside and away from the major roads. Therefore, JEN had to make a slow and steady effort. This process included disassembling the materials to small pieces, gradually carrying these materials to the construction sites, and assembling these materials. The School Management Committee—composed of schoolteachers, parents or guardians, and local residents—and JEN worked together for the school construction; they decided that the committee would manage and operate the school buildings.
JEN conducted workshops about hygiene education to teachers and members of the School Management Committee in 20 public schools located in UC Bhedi of Bagh District. The purpose of the workshops was for the teachers to continue hygiene education by themselves. The teachers considered using teaching methods so that the children could acquire correct hygiene knowledge. The teachers conducted workshops about hygiene education—while receiving advice and support from JEN’s staff members—through group discussions and skits to children in each school.
In Haveli of Bagh District—where JEN provided assistance—216 school buildings (90% of all schools) had collapsed and 151 school buildings needed to be rebuilt due to the earthquake. Rebuilding of schools was significantly delayed since rebuilding of residents’ home was the priority in Haveli. Only nine schools (out of all schools)—including two schools built by JEN—were rebuilt in Haveli. As a result, children were forced to take classes in tents, temporary classrooms, or outdoors. JEN constructed one school in Basti Chanjar.
In addition, education on disaster prevention had not been disseminated in the local area. Therefore, JEN conducted an education program about disaster prevention to teachers in six schools, including five schools around this area. Through this education program, the residents were able to acquire basic knowledge about disaster prevention; JEN aimed to reduce the fear of and the anxiety about the earthquake.
Many local school buildings did not have bathrooms or places to wash hands. Therefore, JEN provided assistance by creating places to wash hands in schools located in disaster-stricken areas so that the children could drink safe water at their schools. In addition, by installing toilets at school buildings, female students could take classes without worrying about lack of toilets. Furthermore, JEN not only installed toilets and created places to wash hands, but also conducted hygiene education to students so that they could acquire correct knowledge about hygiene practices and could prevent illnesses by using toilets and places to wash their hands correctly.
Earthquake survivors had to face a second winter season since the earthquake. Nevertheless, the students were still learning in school tents since the rebuilding of school buildings was significantly delayed in the local areas. However, since the tents were originally made to last for a year, they had deteriorated. Therefore, JEN repaired school tents and distributed desks and chairs so that the children could continue learning even during the second winter season. JEN provided assistance so that the children could continue learning indoors and in a safe environment. Furthermore, JEN conducted training on disaster prevention education for the teachers and assisted children and teachers to acquire correct knowledge about disaster prevention. Through disaster prevention education, the children were able to acquire correct knowledge about earthquakes, thereby reducing their fear of earthquakes.
In the steep and mountainous areas that were especially severely schools (one of which was a girls’ school) so that the buildings could become earthquake resistant. These two schools were the first ones to be rebuilt in the Bagh District, where reconstruction was significantly delayed. In addition, JEN conducted education about earthquakes to residents who did not have a basic knowledge about earthquakes and this helped improve awareness about disaster prevention. Furthermore, JEN distributed hygiene kits; and along with this distribution, JEN conducted workshops for hygiene education to provide assistance to improve the living conditions of children and residents who were living as evacuees. (Contents of hygiene kits) Towels, soap, shampoo, sanitary items.
With the support of Japan Platform, UNICEF, and the donors, JEN was able to set up 250 classroom tents and install 39 temporary toilets for school buildings that collapsed in Haveli, Bagh District. Furthermore, JEN distributed stationery necessary for teaching (blackboards, chairs, stationery sets) and warm winter clothes necessary to survive the winter. JEN also provided assistance so that the children who were studying outdoors in the cold could take classes in the tents. As a result, 21,221 children—who were affected by the earthquake—could continue learning in the indoor environment during the severe winter season.
In the Bagh District, 90% of the buildings were seriously damaged or had partially collapsed; and people remained outdoors due to fear of aftershocks. JEN conducted interviews and surveys from October to the end of December to ask about what the people urgently needed while living in the disaster-stricken areas during the winter. Thereafter, JEN distributed daily necessities and warm winter clothes. Daily necessities included residential tents—which most people wanted to have—blankets, kitchen appliances, hygiene products, and the like. JEN also distributed 2,000 residential tents. JEN did not distribute the same set of daily necessities items to everyone, but adjusted the items so that only the necessary items were distributed to the people who needed them. In total, JEN was able to provide assistance to 5,716 households—approximately three times higher than estimated.
JEN decided on the details of assistance by listening to the victims’ voices; therefore, the distributed goods were put to good use. For example, JEN chose a small water bucket—that is utilized for toilets—and a set of kitchen appliances made for six to eight people for large families. Family members, especially women, were very pleased with these distributed goods and are active at home every day.
The 12,518 warm winter clothes and the like distributed by JEN were donated by Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (UNIQLO, a primary subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.). The 5,000 blankets distributed by JEN were provided by the Movement Promotion Committee of Japan Blankets For Africa Campaign. In addition, Pakistan International Airlines, MOL Logistics (Japan) Co., Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) supported us in transporting the goods.