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Japan-India Relations
Press Release No.2



New Delhi: 11th February 2003

1.         The Embassy of Japan in India, under its scheme ‘Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP)’, today decided to extend grant assistance totaling US$300,820 (approximately equivalent to Rs.1.41crore) to five Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support grassroots projects undertaken by them. The following NGOs and projects are receiving the Grants:

(i)   Deepalaya was established in 1979 to identify and work with economically and socially deprived children so that they become better citizens of the society.  To pursue their mission, Deepalaya has been running several formal and informal education centers, vocational training centers, etc., to enable them realize there potential.

  The Embassy would provide a grant amount of US$78,854 to Deepalaya for the construction of a new building that will be used as hostel cum rehabilitation center for 200 girls.

(ii)  Disha was established in 1992 and, since its inception, it has undertaken various initiatives like education, skill improvement, and formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs), etc., to help women living in slums or in rural areas attain self-reliance.

  To augment their efforts, the Embassy will extend a grant of US$18,502 for purchasing equipments necessary for vocational training courses in five slums of Delhi.

 (iii)  Eye Research Centre Society was set up in 1986 to work for restoration of vision by providing specialized and advanced medical care facilities to the weaker section of the society, including the needy poor residing in rural slums and tribal areas of Rajasthan.

       With the Japanese grant of US$71,846, the Society will purchase one mobile medicare van and other ophthalmic equipments that will enable them offer their medical services to larger number of people in Rajasthan.

 (iv)  Jal Bhagirathi Foundation was set up last year and its prime focus is on the construction of water harvesting structures and weaves around it other important aspects like empowerment of villagers especially women.

The Embassy will provide them a grant of US$79,321 for constructing water- harvesting structures like anicut, johad and talab in the drought affected districts of Rajasthan.

(v)  Prayas has been running various programmes for underprivileged children, including a special vocational and educational school for the mentally challenged children, for the last six years.

    The Embassy is extending a grant of US$52,297 to Prayas for completing the construction of a School-cum-Vocational training center for the underprivileged children in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

2.  The Signing Ceremony to formalize the arrangements is scheduled to take place at 4:00pm on Tuesday, 11th February 2003, at the Embassy of Japan, between Ambassador Akira Hayashi and the respective representatives of the above NGOs.

3.  The scheme of "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects" was introduced by the Government of Japan in 1989, to provide timely assistance directly to the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), research institutions, hospitals and local government, towards promoting welfare of the people in developing countries. Projects eligible for the grant assistance include such fields as primary healthcare, primary education, care of the handicapped people, poverty alleviation, enhancing status of women, public welfare, environment protection, etc.  The Embassy of Japan and the Consulates General of Japan in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai are in charge of this scheme in their respective regions. Last year, under this scheme, the Government of Japan provided assistance totaling US$3,138,905 (15 Crore Rupees approximately) to 52 diverse projects in different parts of India.

4.  For further information, please contact Mr. Akira Kido, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan. Telephone No.91-11-2687-6581.