Government of Japan Inaugurated Vocational Training Facilities for Disabled Children in Delhi, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects

An inauguration ceremony for “The Project for Expansion of Vocational Training Centre for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Delhi”, assisted by the Government of Japan under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP), was held on 9th May, 2016 at Vasant Vihar, in New Delhi. Under this project 2 vocational training classrooms and 1 bakery unit was handed over by the Government of Japan to Tamana.
 
The ceremony was attended by Mr. Mukesh Jain, Joint Secretary of Union Ministry for Social Justice & Empowerment and Dr Shayama Chona, President Tamana as well as H.E Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India.
 
During the ceremony, ambassador said “I would like to offer, on behalf of the Government and People of Japan, our sincere congratulations on the successful completion of the construction, and to express our deep appreciation for all the efforts put in by Tamana, as well as all those involved in this endeavor for making this project a reality. These facilities will greatly benefit the persons with disability”. (Full Text)
 
The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) was started in 1989 to address a wide range of development needs of developing countries. In India GGP has been extended to such projects as health centers, primary schools, old age homes etc.  
 
Through this project, funding assistance of which amounts to US$ 81,005, two vocational training classrooms and a bakery unit have been constructed for children and youth with intellectual disabilities with the aim to enhance their skills and increase the prospects of employability.
 
 Tamana, the recipient organization of this project, established in 1984, is running 3 special schools in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, and provides special education and vocational training to mentally challenged and autistic children and youth based on their age as well as the degree and kind of disability. The organization has also undertaken a GGP project in FY 2010 for “The Project for the construction of sheltered workshops/work centre for moving the disabled towards economic independence” and was also visited by Japan’s First Lady, Mrs. Akie Abe in the year 2014, during her official visit to India along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 
 
With its increasing number of students and growing need for vocational training for intellectually disabled children and youth, it was becoming difficult for the organization to accept any more children to their vocational training school due to lack of classrooms.
 
This project, through constructing 2 additional classrooms and one new bakery building in the school, will help the expansion of vocational training opportunities for children and youth with intellectual disabilities, and will contribute to facilitate the social and economic independence of people with disabilities
 
The Government of Japan hopes that these vocational training facilities through this grant assistance project as a token of friendship and goodwill from the people of Japan, will help improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries by giving access to economic independence to the disabled children in India, as well as further develop the relations of friendship and cooperation between Japan and India.


H.E Kenji Hiramatsu being felicitated by children of Tamana


H.E Kenji Hiramatsu witnessing the cultural program


H.E Kenji Hiratmsu and Dr. Mukesh Jain inaugurating the GGP sponsored bakery unit


H.E Kenji Hiramatsu appreciating the children working in the block printing unit