Japan to aid displaced families in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Oct 24 (UNI) Japan has come forward to aid families displaced by the decade long conflict in Nepal under the project 'Strengthening Decentralised Support for Vulnerable and Conflict-Affected Families and Children.' Japan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are providing 2.2 million dollars to protect the displaced families and children.

Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction would provide 2 million dollars while 200,000 dollars would come from the United Nations Children's Fund in assistance.

The total cost of the project, piloting a child and family protection and support system, was estimated to be 3.08 million dollars. Nepal government and communities concerned would cover the remaining balance.

''The overall goal of the project is to improve the situation of conflict-affected and vulnerable families and children in a sustainable manner,'' ADB's South Asia Department social protection specialist Axel Weber said.

The project would target 4,000 conflict-affected families and help them to generate income to lift them out of poverty.

More than 100 professionals are expected to be part of the project and develop, plan and deliver social services.

UNI

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