1. The Embassy of Japan in India, under its scheme ‘Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects’, today decided to extend grant assistance totaling US$ 169,257 (approximately equivalent to Rs.67 lacs) to two Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support their projects for upgrading medical service for slums and constructing a centre for street children. The NGOs and projects receiving the Grants as follows:
(i) ASHA Community Health and Development Society has
been working to improve the quality of life of those who are living in slums since its establishment in 1988. Currently, the organization is running one polyclinic and 13 community health care centres, which received 12,000 patients from 43 slums in Southern Delhi last year.
To provide upgraded medical service to more underprivileged people,
the organization decided to install new equipments at its polyclinic.
Realizing its need, the Embassy of Japan decided to grant them a sum of US$85,474 for the project.
(ii) Don Bosco-Ashalayam has been providing shelter, recreation,
counselling, education and vocational training to street children and underprivileged youth from slums in Delhi since 1997. At present, there are more than 150 children staying at the shelter beyond its capacity. Due to lack of space, the organization finds it difficult to give effective care to each child, and to accommodate more needy children into the shelter.
In order to provide better education and training to more numbers of
children, the organisation requires new centre in Jajjar, Haryana,
that will enable them to be part of the mainstream of society in the
future. The Embassy of Japan decided to grant them assistance of US$ 83,783 for the project.
2. The Signing Ceremony to formalize the arrangements is scheduled to take place at 1600 hrs., on Friday, 28th September, 2007, at the Embassy of Japan, between Mr. Ryoichi Horie, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, and the 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 NGOs 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 Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai are in charge of this scheme in their respective regions.
4. For further information, please contact Mr. Yasushi Furukawa, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan. Telephone No.2687-6564.