Japan extends financial assistance to Delhi NGOs

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) The Embassy of Japan in India today said it will extend grant assistance totaling 1,69,257 dollars (about Rs 67 lakhs) to two Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support their projects for upgrading medical service for slums and constructing a centre for street children.

The grant has been made under its 'Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects' scheme, said a statement.

ASHA Community Health and Development Society is one of the beneficiaries of the scheme with a grant of 85,474 dollars to provide upgraded medical service to underprivileged people, for which the organisation will install new equipments at its polyclinic.

ASHA, since its establishment in 1988, has been working to improve the quality of life of those who are living in slums.

Currently, the organisation is running one polyclinic and 13 community healthcare centres, which received 12,000 patients from 43 slums in Southern Delhi last year.

The second recipient of the grant is Don Bosco-Ashalayam with assistance of 83,783 dollars to provide better education and training to street children and underprivileged youth from slums.

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 organisation was finding it difficult to give effective care to each child, and to accommodate more needy children into the shelter.

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.

UNI

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