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Home > 22 June NHK Fureai Hall, HEART OF FIRE, Q&A with Eritrean National from JEN

22 June NHK Fureai Hall, HEART OF FIRE, Q&A with Eritrean National from JEN

22 June, 19:30
NHK Fureai Hall


JEN is an NGO supports ‘Self-Support’ from ‘Emergency to Recovery’

JEN was initially established as ‘Japan Emergency NGOs’ in 1994.  In April 2004, JEN obtained Certified NPO status, and was renamed ‘NGO JEN’ and has become a certified NGO from September 2005.

JEN is an International Cooperation NGO that has strives for the making of a peaceful international community by using ‘Psycho-social care and self-reliant support’ as it’s motto to provide assistance to victims of conflict and natural disasters. 

From 2002 ? 2006, JEN promoted the resettlement of returning female heads of household by assisting both returnee and local women to become socially and economically self-reliant in Eritrea. JEN had established a Union of 360 female heads of household and started the Assistance Project for Self-Reliance by providing tractors. Through this project, female heads of household could use tractors without any costs and cultivate the land. Furthermore, JEN had not only provided the materials necessary for poultry farming, but also gave technical training in raising chickens, and maintaining and managing the chicken factories. In addition, we also assisted women in strengthening their business management skills, including sales and management of budgets.

Ghirmay Meresie was born in 1978 in Eritrea.  He spent his time in the underground elementary school within the EPLF (Eritrean People's Liberation Front) camp since his father was a freedom fighter for the war against Ethiopia.  He studied psychology in Karen College since 1993; however, he was conscripted to the Eritrean military after two years of studying, where he mainly served for the de-mining unit.  He fled to Sudan in 2005 as a refugee, and got to know JEN in South Sudan in 2007.  Currently, he lives in Japan with his Japanese wife.