Feb 27, 2017
In October, 2016, Good Earth Japan (GEJ) participated to the Global Festa Japan 2016 which was held at Center Promenade of Odaiba in Tokyo. At the Festa, GEJ received the 2 groups of students from Tokyo Jogakkan Junior High School who were studying the social contribution through NPO activities at the booth. The outline of the GEJ’s activities was explained and they took an interest in the GEJ’s activities of supporting local people who live on the post minefield to become independent and its background. At the end of their visit to the booth, GEJ had agreed to have another session for further detailed explanation and discussion at GEJ’s office in February, 2017. The visit was realized on this February 1. The students have visited GEJ office and had the meaningful session followed by animated questions and answers. After the session, just the time of leaving, they have passed a small token of their gratitude from their allowance asking to use for GEJ’s activities. At their school, they made presentation as for the conclusion of their study expressing on their feeling of importance and necessity of the support to Cambodian people through NPO. The donation given together with other contribution have sent to Cambodia for purchasing and distributing the school supplies such as Pencils, Note books, Reading books and Posters for school children at Slappan Primary School which is one of schools supported by GEJ in Battambang Province, Northwest of Cambodia. Thank you students! Your small donation expanded circle of the support. The visit at Global Fest in last October The session of Feb. 1, they were very serious On Feb. 24, distributed the school supplies Thanks student of Tokyo Jogakkan Junior High SchoolRead More
Feb 13, 2017
The second Football class for children has been held at the ground in Battambang City on both day of February 4th and 5th. It was sponsored and organized by Japan Professional Football League, Division 1 member, Ventforet Kofu (VFK) and Nikken Corporation for the purpose of promoting International friendship through the Football class. This time, 7 coaching staffs of VFK and two top management, Messrs. Amemiya, of Nikken Corporation have attended, and invited 40 children of the football lovers under 12 years old around the Battambang city and 20 members of Female Football team named Mighty Girls of Sport And Leadership Training Academy (SALT Academy) an organization which trains young leaders and youth through a community based football program, incorporating life skills lessons and vocational training. The children who attended the classes have learnt very hard for getting the techniques and better way to play Football. Thank you, coaching staffs of VFK and others for your hard work under the strong and direct sunlight with more than 30 degree Celsius temperature. GEJ’s staffs helped to organize and to put it into action as the one of backing activities, in addition to its main activity of helping farmers who live on the post- minefield in Battambang Province for improvement of their life and for them to become independent. Opening of the class Technical lesson for Mighty Girls Practical game among children The uniforms, Balls and others were presented to childrenRead More
Nov 28, 2016
On November 24, at Russairo Village in Battambang Province where Good Earth Japan (GEJ) support, the inauguration ceremony for the achievements of the Program for integrated Mine clearance and Landmine victim Assistance Phase II and the commencement of the Program Phase III was held. At the ceremony, GEJ has received the medal of “Royal Order of Sahametrei”(“Medal of friendship”) of the Kingdom of Cambodia which is granted to foreign people who specially contributed to the His Majesty of King and the nation from the Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng. This award is for expressing the appreciation and recognition of GEJ’s activities of Agriculture training, construction of infrastructure and improvement of education facilities for the farmers who live on the post mine site for them to become independent for the past ten years. It is because of warm support by you, GEJ members. Your continued support on GEJ’s activities shall be highly appreciated. Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, Mr. Heng Ratana, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge as Director General of CMAC(Cambodian Mine Action Centre), Governor Chan Sophal of Battambang Province , Japanese Ambassador H. Horinouchi and other VIP’s were attended the ceremony. In addition to above, other Japanese people work for Mine action organization and CMAC employee, and villagers nearby in total 2,800 people were there. The medal was given by D. P. Minister to GEJ’s Director The medal of “Royal Order of Sahametrei” Over view of the ceremony ground Ambassador of Japan & D.P. Minister observed the products by farmer of Russairo villageRead More
Nov 14, 2016
The construction works for improving of the 1.2 Km length farm road with laterite coverage and for a new pond at Bosampor village, and for a new pond at Chirok village which reported with WEB News on November 1st has become more realistic. On November 8, the contract for construction of those road and ponds had been signed between Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) as Contractor and Good Earth Japan (GEJ) as owner at the head quarter of CMAC in Cambodia. Mr. Heng Ratana, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge as Director General of CMAC who signed the contract on behalf of CMAC commented that remembering the severe drought experienced this year in Cambodia, this kind of big pond for the villages should be very important and beneficial for living and for farming. He thanked the GEJ’s activities and hoped the continued support by GEJ for the villagers living at post mine field to become independent. As commencement of pond construction at Chirok village shall be the after the rice harvesting around the end of this year, the total completion of this project shall be the February next year. GEJ will pay attention to the progress of construction work avoiding any delay till the completion. GEJ support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure. Signing ceremony of the contract at CMACRead More
Nov 1, 2016
On October 26, the big meetings were held at the villages of Bosampor and Chirok in Battambang Province at north western part of Cambodia where Good Earth Japan(GEJ) extend the support. The meetings were organized for explaining and getting the consensus with villagers by the representative of GEJ upon the decision of recent GEJ’s Board of Directors meeting which approved the improvement of 1.2 Km length farm road with laterite coverage and the construction of a pond at Bosampor village, and construction of a pond at Chirok village. Those issues had been asked from these villages sometime ago and it shall be realized soon. At Bosampor village, 108 farmers out of 120 families have attended the meeting with the strong interest and gladness. At the meeting, farmers have committed to maintain and repair the road and pond by themselves. At Chirok village, 64 farmers out of 113 families have attended. Farmers suggested to have a fence at the slope of pond for preventing it from damages by animals, and they have committed to put it by themselves. GEJ continue to support farmers who live on the post minefield to become independent through agriculture training, improving living environment, and improvement of infrastructure. １．Meeting at Bosampor Village Many farmers were gathered. The current farm road. The only farm tractor can pass the rough and paddles on road after the rain. ２．Meeting at Chirok village Farmers have been listening with attention.Read More
Aug 25, 2016
On August 9, during the Agri Festa at Boursankrea village, Battambang Province in Cambodia, the letter of appreciation for the support activities extended to the village and its neighboring by GEJ was handed over to GEJ by Kheleang Meas Commune chief. Kheleang Meas Commune covers the villages of Boursankrea and others. The handed over ceremony was held in front of many people of the Bavel District chief, the representatives of PDA(Provincial Department of Agriculture), CMAC(Cambodian Mine Action Centre), PDRD (Provincial Department of Rural Development), the group of GEJ Cambodia Study Tour who were visiting there from Japan and the local farmers. GEJ has started to support farmers at Boursankrea village through the Agriculture Training such as Rice and Mushroom cultivation, and Home Vegetable gardening with PDA since year 2014. It is the indication that GEJ’s activities supporting farmers at post land mine area to become independent through the development of farm land, improvement of agricultural technology and living environment in Cambodia have been recognized and regarded.Read More
May 13, 2016
As informed with activity report of dated April 24, “Shortage of Water! Fight of Adlay cultivation”, Battambang Province of Cambodia was facing the severe drought causing the shortage of water for agricultural cultivation. Everybody there had been praying for the rain. Taking the situation seriously, GEJ asked its representative in Cambodia to check the condition of Ponds which GEJ ever constructed for farmers who live on the post minefield in Cambodia on his way of business trip and report. Today, we received the result of his inspection. The inspection was carried out on two days of May 9 and 11. Although one of the 26 Ponds GEJ ever constructed had been drying out of water but the rest of them were still had enough water for use. Cambodia was in short of rainfall causing severe drought problem but Ponds built by GEJ were still in usable for supplying water to farmland. It is still unpredictable but it is reported that at around the middle of May there were little rainfall around area. However, your kind cooperation of praying for the rain fall till the level of water in the Ponds become full shall be appreciated. 1) Andok Dammuoy village, Ratanakkmondol District Among 3 Ponds, one had enough water, one had getting lower level of water and the last one was completely dried out. No.1 OK No. 2 Completely dried out No.3 Getting lower level of water No.3-1 Enlarged the left, Cow was … 2) Rasmesonha village, Ratanakkmondol District All four of them had the enough water. Around 2 Ponds among them had a small rain recently. No. 1 OK No. 2 OK No. 3 OK No. 4 OK 3) Kokchou village, Ratanakkmondol District Two of them had the water level in usable. No. 1 OK No.2 OK 4) Otakon village, Banan District There was some water still but… OK 5) Korsvay village, Ratanakkmondol District There was still some water. OK 6) Russairo village, Banan district Two Ponds there had the ample level of water. No.1 OK No.2 OK 7) Trepeankbarsuva village, Bavel District Two Ponds there had the ample level of water. No.1 OK No.2 OK 8) Prahop village, Bavel District Two Ponds there had the ample level of water. No.1 OK No.2 OK 9) Prey Preal village, Bavel District Three Ponds had still keep some level of water. No.1 OK No.2 OK No.3 OK 10) Tomnuttakun, Bavel district Two Ponds there had the ample level of water. No.1 OK No.2 OK 11) Toulsnul village, Bavel District Four Ponds there had the ample level of water. No.1 OK No.2 OK No.3 OK No.4 OKRead More
Apr 22, 2016
On April 21, at the Pagoda in Russairo Village of Battambang Province, CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Center) and the beneficiaries’ communities of support from Japan have organized an event pray for the people who affected by Kumamoto earthquake on April 16. Monks and villagers prayed for the victims of earthquake and the soonest recovery Monks and villagers of Russairo villages watched the disastrous photos of broken infrastructure and houses by the earthquake, and expressed their sympathy. Similar gathering should be held at the other villages till April 27. ＝＝＝＝Reported by Mr. Chan Sambath of CMAC Battambang City ＝＝＝＝Read More
Apr 19, 2016
There are two Charity Boxes of GEJ placed at Kasumigaura Institute of Hitachi construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) where is at the lakeside of Kasumigaura Lake in Ibaragi Prefecture. On both days of April 5 and 19, GEJ have received the heartfelt warm donation which was put in to those Charity Boxes. a) Donation at Instructor’s Room of Skill Education Sec., Global Technical Center From Instructors of Global Technical Center Charity Box at Instructor’s Room b) Donation in the Charity Box placed at the Entrance of Main building at Kasumigaura Institute Charity Box at the entrance From Mr. Ozawa of Administration Sec. Thank you people of Instructors, students and others who donated. The donation handed over this time shall be used for supporting the activities in Cambodia. The activities of GEJ for supporting the people living in post-mine-cleared area in Cambodia to become more independent are backed up by the donation and member ship fee from the supporters.Read More
Apr 4, 2016
Have received the donation from the people of Osaka Branch of Suzuki Tosou Co. GEJ support farmers who live on the post-mined field to become independent. Mr. Komiya of the Osaka Branch of Suzuki Tosou Co., who joined the Study Tour which was organized for experiencing the GEJ activities in Cambodia last year had placed the GEJ’s charity box in their office after returning the tour. Mr. Komiya decided it as the tour motivated him to contribute something starting from what he could do remembering the smiling faces of Cambodian children. This time, Mr. Komiya very kindly visited the GEJ Office for handing the donation over to GEJ which was raised by the people of Osaka Branch of Suzuki Tosou Co. with heartfelt warm wishes. Thank you who donated. GEJ will utilize them for the support activities in Cambodia. Handed over from Mr. Komiya (Left)Read More
Feb 15, 2016
The Football class was held at a ground in Battambang city nearby to the GEJ’s activities area for the Infrastructure development and Agricultural training on the post-minefield.
The class was sponsored and organized by Japan Professional Football League, Division 1 member, Ventforet Kofu and Nikken Corporation for the purpose of promoting International friendship through the Football class.
Ventfort Kofu had similar classes at Myanmar and Laos before. This time, 2 days class of February 6 and 7 was taken place inviting the youth of the football lovers under 12 years old around the Battambang city and Female Football team named Mighty Girls of Sport And Leadership Training Academy (SALT Academy) an organization which trains young leaders and youth through a community based football program, incorporating life skills lessons and vocational training.
The attended youth have been given very precise and professional ways of lesson by coaching staffs of Ventforet Kofu.
This class was realized by enthusiasm to support Cambodia of Mr. Amemiya, President of Nikken Corporation which has long relation with there through Demining Machines business as well as Overseas Project Manager of Ventforet Kofu, and cooperation by Hakubaku Co., Ltd. and GEJ.
Thank you, coaching staffs of Ventforet Kofu and others for your hard work under the strong and direct sunlight!
The youth is divided into group Hard training of basic movements to Mighty Girls Summarization Let’s fly in to the future from Battambang! Comment by Miss. Suern Vipha (14 years old) of Mighty Girls.
The very high level of play techniques was taught from coaches from Japan within this two days. I would like to visit Japan and play with Japanese Girls Team in the future.
Dec 25, 2015
On December 22nd, 2015, official handover ceremony of the Primary School with dormitory of teachers and the Farm Road for people who work for disposing Land Mines and Unexploded Bombs was held at Koas Krallor District in Battambang Province of Cambodia. Governor of Battambang Province Mr. Chan Sophal, Director General of CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Centre) Mr. Heng Ratana, President of Nikken Corporation Mr. Amemiya, Director General of GEJ, school children who shall go to the school and other local people were gathered for attending the ceremony.
The land area of 180,000 square meter which was cleaned off the Land Mines have been developed to the housing complex and farm land for about 1,300 families of mine disposers to become independent.
The school was built with the fund of donation from Nikken Corporation through GEJ . Nikken Corporation has a long time relation to Cambodia with producing and supplying Demining Machines under their social contribution policy.
Beside, the 4 Km distance of main Farm Road which pass through the center of farm lands was also completed. It was named as “GEJ Road” and will contribute the farming activities and transport of people and crops.
The member of study tour organized by Yamanashi International Association in Japan and assisted by GEJ have attended the ceremony and promoted the friendship with local people and student too.
There are wide areas of buried with Land Mines remain in Cambodia still.
As GEJ is the counter-partner of CMAC, GEJ will continue to support CMAC, and will extend hands to people who are going to live on the cleared land of Land Mines. Thus, the continued assistance by GEJ supporters and contributors shall be highly appreciated.
Tape cutting at the gate Banner decorating the gate
Primary School Building Plaque commemorating the activities
Purification by Monks Speech by Mr. Amemiya
Speech by GEJ Director General Group photo together with StudentRead More
Nov 19, 2015
3 persons of Cambodian partners have visited Japan to convey appreciation to various supporters of GEJ. They visited 5 supporters during their stay, "Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Japan" "Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd." "Yamanashi International Association" "Hatsukari Primary School in Otsuki City" "Nikken Corporation". ◆With Ambassador of Cambodia, Her Excellency Chea Kimtha◆ > ◆With Representative Director of GEJ, Mr. Koji Sumioka (Center, back row)◆Read More
Nov 2, 2015
GEJ support villagers to do maintenance work of village road by themselves. However, outside help is required to restore flood damages. Recently, the road connecting to Tomnuttakun, Prey Preal and Russairo was damaged a bit heavily due to flood at around 2 parts of installed culvert. After consultation with related departments of Battambang City, restoration started by using ADB (Asian Development Bank) fund. In addition, GEJ has rehabilitated the signboard of Prey Preal school, which became shabby. GEJ continue to perform support activities with the field investigation. Read More
Mar 25, 2015
GEJ has received a donation from Head Office Branch of Hitachi Kenki Labor Union.
8 years have passed since GEJ has started its activities to help Cambodian people to rebuild their livelihood. During the period, GEJ has done PR on its activities and received a lot of support from various hands and such support ring in enlarging year by year. This time, Head Office Branch of Hitachi Kenki Labor Union gave GEJ a donation money which they got from their charity fair. Many members of the Union have participated “Bunkyo Festival, Volunteer & Civic Movement” and have donated the proceeds of charity fair for “Cambodian Children” to GEJ. GEJ would like to deliver something which links to “Smiles of Children” by consulting with the Union.
Received the list of donation. Memorial photo with Hitachi Kenki Union members.Read More
Jan 14, 2015
GEJ does not aim to give something but aims to realize self reliance of people. In this point of view, we watch always whether follow up maintenance seminar after completion of infrastructure development are well settled in people’s life. When we went to the survey of new project area we passed beside farm roads connecting Rasmei sangha village, Kork chor village and Andoek doubmoi village. Then we observed that the roads were well maintained by villagers and happily convinced that your support to our activity brought good result.
Farm road connecting Rasmei sangha village and Andoek doubmoi villageRead More
Dec 25, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Sambath family. Best Wish Mornh Sambath GEJ Cambodia office Deputy RepresentativeRead More
Dec 20, 2014
GEJ staffs visit the area of which residents ask us the support. After implementation of project, staffs go to monitor the progress and condition of activities. These are necessary to verify that the resources donated to us are correctly used. While visiting the area, seen and landscape of rural life delight the eyes of our staffs. Followings are some of seen in Boursankrea village and Tomunuttakun village. Read More
Dec 13, 2014
GEJ implements projects for enhancement of villagers’ livelihood in the area where landmines were cleared by CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Centre). In parallel with follow up activities for the area where the projects were already started, we survey new projects based upon our mission and the requests from communities. New requests for 2015 were brought us through our counterparts such as CMAC and organizations of Battambang province. Communities newly requested us the projects are Ou Tanhean village, Chirok village, Phnom Khpos village and Bosanpor village (shown in orange color in the map bellow).Read More
Dec 11, 2014
Construction work of the dormitory for teachers requested from villagers has been started beside the school house of Prey Preal primary school. The work will be soon completed then teachers will enjoy their private life.
◆Dormitory almost completed◆Read More
Dec 10, 2014
On 7th December 2014, Angkor Wat International Half Marathon was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. GEJ made a presentation to the tour group of Japanese NGO, Hearts of Gold, participants of the marathon. The presentation was made in the CMAC Siem Reap Demining Unit office. To the presentation, some JICA staff dispatched to Cambodia also attended.
◆◆Participants hearing presentation◆◆ ◆◆Memorial photo at CMAC ◆◆ Read More
Oct 24, 2014
Members of Hekisuikai (Suppliers’ association to Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra) organize regularly overseas study tour to enlarge their experience. This year they visited Prey Preal GEJ Primary School and minefield to see clearance work in Cambodia. At the school, they were welcomed by pupils and enjoyed jumping rope with them. Members of Hekisuikai offered soccer balls to pupils as a present. After playing with tour members, pupils were happy to receive a notebook to study and a bread and water for lunch. Then, members of Hekisuikai visited minefield and were surprized with unimaginable hard work of the mine clearance.
◆ Memorial photo with pupils ◆Read More
Sep 5, 2014
Commemorating 7th anniversary of GEJ, we organized “Agri-Cultural Festival” named “GEJ Festa in Cambodia” to confirm the achievement of our activity in these years with villagers. In this occasion, many friendships were born. To organize the Agri-Cultural Festival, we proposed the collaboration to institutions in Battambang province and Ms. Iwata who supports an orphanage “HOC” agreed to join us with children. Before the festival, Mr. Iwasaki and Mr. Otagiri who teach singing for the festival visited the orphanage to organize a small singing party. On same day, by chance, 8 students of Tsuda College visited the orphanage for their study tour and joined not only to the singing party but also to the Agri-Cultural Festival. It is very nice to develop the links with more people.
==Performance of Mr. Iwasaki and Mr. Otagiri==Read More
Sep 1, 2014
In GEJ Cambodia study tour of 2014, several options were planned. This is news on one of the option of the tour: cuisine exchange in familiar restaurant café in Phnom Penh “SUNTA”. It is exchange of recipe between” Japanese cuisine” and “Cambodian dessert”. On 21st August 2014, 4 of 15 tour members joined to this option. As Japanese cuisine, “Makizushi (rolled sushi)” and “Oinarisan (pouch of fried bean curd stuffed with vinegared rice)” and as, Cambodian dessert, “Pumpkin Pudding” were selected. It was a nice exchange.
Going to purchase of ingredients by Tuk-tuk Selecting ingredients of sushiRead More
Aug 18, 2014
NACEF（the Nursing Action for Children's Energetic Future is a volunteer club activity of students of the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing founded in 2002. Since then, club members succeed to their activity from elder students to younger students.
Every year, they visit an orphanage in Cambodia for medical examination and health education of children. This year, they visited Prey Preal GEJ Primary School and Rosseiro Kiezel Primary School of which school houses were built by GEJ. 13 members of NACEF implemented the medical examination and health education to more than 400 pupils in total of two schools. At first, they made quiz to call children’s attention to health and nutrition and then checked condition of children such as: -Lice -Oral hygiene -Nail and -Intestines (checked with stool scale) They taught also the teeth brushing that may be the first experience for children.
==NACEF members lecturing to children== ==Children trying teeth brushing ==Read More
Jun 2, 2014
Following is scene of teachers dormitory on a holiday in Rosseiro Kiesel Primary School constructed by GEJ on the request of villagers. When house was built, dormitory lacked drain pipes and jars for storage of rain water. Now they are completed and a simple communal kitchen is also set up. Dormitory equipped with drain pipes and jars Communal kitchenRead More
May 29, 2014
Activity of GEJ is dependent on kind support from many peoples. This time we report on the gift from pupils of Hatsukari primary school, Otsuki city, Yamanashi prefecture Japan. According to educational principle of Hatsukari primary school, pupils learn about “peace”, “environment” and “welfare” through practical activities and school events. As one of these activities, they collect waste aluminum cans from their home and sell them for recycling. Before, the money raised by this activity was used for purchase of welfare materiel but once they learned the situation of Cambodia they have been donated them for GEJ activity of which mission is support for rebuilding of livelihood and enhancement of self-reliance of Cambodian people.
==Pupils trample aluminum can to reduce volume ==
In parallel to the donation, the cultural exchange was activated. They exchanged the pictures with pupils of primary schools of Battmbang Province and, received officers from Battambang Provincial Department of Rural Development and others who visited the school. This activity and donation reflect the will of pupils. We can find teachers mind of watching and taking care of pupils for cultivation of aesthetic sensitivity. This time we used the received donation in concrete and direct way. We presented notebooks to the pupils of 3 Cambodian primary schools of which school houses were constructed by GEJ. In Japan, notebook does not seem to be a big present, in fact, it is very precious thing in Cambodia. All pupils enjoyed same gift.
==Pupils are very happy receiving notebook==Read More
Oct 28, 2013
After heavy rain and floods in Cambodia, water subsided finally and we can start to think how to deal with the damages. Comparing with damages of typhoon in Japan, readers may feel that “those level of floods and damages on the roads are not serious.” In fact, impact of damages is not same in advanced countries and in developing countries such as Cambodia. In advanced countries, information systems and risk management are well developed and infra-structures and rescue-system also. Economic growth of Cambodia is significant but, for catching up from the tragic history, capacity of administration of government is not yet sufficient. In rural area of Battambang province where GEJ implements assistance activities, electricity is not connected and transportation is carried by cart drew by old tractor, motor-bike and by-cycle. In these situations, destruction of roads brings serious obstacle of life. We hope readers will take consideration of our impression about difference of impact from natural disaster caused by difference of resources of country (infra-structures and standard of living). GEJ staff decided to survey the damages to study how to restore the roads with villagers before the passage of time amplify the difficulty of villagers. Investigation team moved by 4WD car, but the car got stuck in the muddy road just in front of entrance of Rosseiro village and the team managed to escape with help of villagers.
From Prey Preal village to Tomnaptakun village, the survey team moved by bikes because on the destroyed road neither car nor tractor can pass. In Slappang village where surface of roads is most severely damaged, even 4WD car was sometime stopped by slipping and the team asked help of villagers. They arrived destination taking several times hours more than normal condition. Based upon the survey, GEJ will make restoration plan with cooperation of villagaers.Read More
Oct 15, 2013
Not only in Japan, but everywhere in the earth, people face damages because of the extraordinary weather such as a flood. In Cambodia as well, there have been extremely heavy rain this year, and a flood spread widely in Battambang province where Good Earth Japan promoting its activities. Fortunately the flood that has attacked people is now starting to fade down. We will communicate closely with staffs in Cambodia and investigate how we can restore the damages.Read More