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Australian aid to community projects in Delhi

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 30 (UNI) Australian Deputy High Commissioner David Holly today presented a cheque for Rs 21.88 lakh to an NGO working against trafficking and oppression of children and women, to provide education and para-medical training in re-settlement colonies of New Seemapuri and Bawana in the capital.

The cheque was received by 'STOP Trafficking and Oppression of Children and Women' President Roma Debabrata, a statement said here.

''Access to education and basic health care are important for the development of communities. We hope that this assistance will make a difference to the lives of residents in New Seemapuri and Bawana,'' it said quoting Mr Holly.

STOP was established in 1998 and worked to reduce trafficking and sexual exploitation, including through the provision of education and health care in vulnerable communities.

The funding had been provided under AusAID's Human Rights Small Grants Scheme. The initiative provided small grants to in-country organisations (primarily non-government) for activities aimed at promoting and protecting human rights in a direct and tangible way.

The scheme's geographic focus was the Asia-Pacific region, although proposals from other regions that meet relevant criteria were also being supported.

UNI IP LS DS1650

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