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Tree planting at the Lagud Village Learning Inn in Barangay Uhaj, Banaue. Eloisa Romero from JICA (wearing black, on the left) and Jephonie Himiwat (right) attend. (JICA)
16 July 2008, 05:45
A diploma for a rice cooker by Eloisa Romero, JICA NGO Desk Local Coordinator
In the Philippines, two Japanese volunteers help send young Ifugao people to school and, in the process, learn to cook rice without a rice cooker...

Jephonie Himmiwat is an Ifugao, one of the indigenous people in the northern Philippines. Her people and their land are inseparable, thus both are called by the same name, Ifugao. 

In Japan, two women enjoyed a very different upbringing. Twenty-three-year-old Kiyoko Okamoto spent four years as staff at the Mister Donut chain while she was studying international economics in the city of Fukuoka. Thirty-year-old Kozue Kamijo worked part-time in a restaurant while attending a business school in the Japanese capital.

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Children in the Sichuan earthquake zone make the best of living in temporary accommodation. (L. Liu/UNV)
02 June 2008, 23:06
Earthquake Diary: 1 June by Liu Lei
Sunday is International Children's Day, and this year people around China have one common concern: children in the earthquake-hit regions. We know that many children suffered in the devastating quake but there are still many of them who survived, and they are eager to get back to study and playing with their friends. Children are the most vulnerable group in our community and much attention needs to be paid on them.  Read entry

Lacking adequate sanitation and water, people in the Sichuan earthquake zone dig wells. (L.Liu/UNV)
02 June 2008, 22:56
Earthquake Diary: 30 May by Liu Lei
The best way to prevent epidemics in quake affected areas is to guarantee the safety of drinking water and the treatment of waste. IFRC has paid much attention to that and sent a health delegation to follow it up. Today I will go with the British ERU to Jiulong and Banqiao Townships of Mianzhu City, which were destroyed by the tremor, to investigate where to locate the water purification system and set up mobile toilets in order to ensure sanitation.  Read entry

UNV volunteer Liu Hui comforts a woman affected by the Sichuan earthquake. (H. Liu/UNV)
02 June 2008, 15:08
Earthquake Diary: 29 May by Liu Hui
Ms. Liu Hui and Mr. Gao Wei were originally serving with the Beijing Youth League on the joint project with UNV and UNDP, 'Strengthening Volunteerism for Development through the Beijing Olympics'. Here are some photographs of them interacting with people in the earthquake zone.  Read entry

Tents sent by the Netherlands begin to arrive in the Sichuan erathquake zone. (L.Liu/UNV)
02 June 2008, 20:55
Earthquake Diary: 28 May by Liu Lei
There is a batch of 1,900 family tents from the Netherlands, co-donated by the Dutch Government and Dutch Red Cross, which will arrive in Chengdu. In order to understand all the details of the logistics procedure, I  visit Chengdu International Airport to find out how the tent transportation pipeline works.  Read entry

02 June 2008, 20:51
Earthquake Diary: 27 May by Liu Lei
As the IFRC team in Sichuan gets stronger, more volunteer interpreters are needed. Just over these last three days, people from ten different fields have joined the team.  Read entry

Children were particularly affected by the Sichuan earthquake. (H. Liu/UNV)
26 May 2008, 18:54
Earthquake Diary: 26 May by Liu Hui
Among the most severely affected after the Sichuan earthquake are children.   Read entry

Volunteer medical personnel advance through the rubble after the Sichuan earthquake. (H. Liu/UNV)
26 May 2008, 18:07
Earthquake Diary: 25 May by Liu Hui
Among the many volunteers dealing with the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake are hundreds of doctors, nurses and other medical staff. With the roads in poor repair, they must often travel on foot dressed as if for the surgery.  Read entry

UNV volunteer Liu Hui comforts a girl affected by the Sichuan earthquake. (H. Liu/UNV)
26 May 2008, 18:44
Earthquake Diary: 24 May by Liu Hui
Joining Mr. Liu Lei in Sichuan are two more UNV volunteers, Ms. Liu Wei and Mr. Gao Wei. Ms. Wei will be contributing photographs for the earthquake diary.  Read entry

UNV volunteer Liu Lei speaks to the Red Cross psychological intervention team before heading to the disaster area. (L. Liu/UNV)
26 May 2008, 06:15
Earthquake Diary: 22 May by Liu Lei
Concerning the psychological health of people in the disaster area, the Chinese Red Cross has launched a large-scale psychological intervention project, so according to the plan our team is going to check it out today in order to help them improve their practices.  Read entry