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Japanese support for Women’s Cooperatives in Udayapur District

By Our Reporter
image0012The Japan government has decided to support US Dollar 80,532 to the Nepal Social Development and People Empowerment Centre (NESPEC) under the grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme of the Japan government. NESPEC, a local NGO in Udayapur district, will work with Small Farmer Women Agriculture Cooperative Society, Rampur Thoskila, to implement the Project for the Construction of Training Center for Women’s Cooperatives in Udayapur District.
A grant contract relating to this project was signed and exchanged last week at the Embassy between ambassador Masashi Ogawa and Ms. Ganga Rai, president, Nepal Social Development and People Empowerment Centre.
This grant assistance will be used to implement the project in Thoksila VDC in Udayapur District and aims to promote income generation of female farmers in the area.

Japanese supports children’s home in Nuwakot
The Japan government has decided to extend financial assistance of US Dollar 81,729, to Smile Nepal under the grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme of the Japan government. Smile Nepal, a Nepali NGO with its head office in Kathmandu, will implement the Project for the Construction of Children’s Home in Nuwakot District.
A Grant Contract relating to this project was signed and exchanged last week at the Embassy of Japan, between ambassador Masashi Ogawa and Radhesh Pant, president, Smile Nepal.
The grant assistance will be used to implement the project in Samundradevi Kholagaun VDC in Nuwakot district and aims to assist children in difficult situations by providing a safe and educational environment in a children’s home.
According to an NGO report, it is estimated that there are about 1,500 street children in Kathmandu. These children came from rural areas hoping to get a job, but could not obtain one. Some became street children, others became unaccompanied children. They, in general, do not have an access to education and basic health service. Additionally, they face the dangers of drugs, sexual harassment, mental, and physical violence on the streets.
Smile Nepal, with the aim of supporting those street children, managed a care home in Nuwakot by renting rooms in a local house. However, due to the earthquake of 2015, the care home was almost demolished and could not continue.  The organization also worked with the Annapurna Hotel to feed street children.
The children’s  home which will be build with the support of Japan, could accommodate  up to 30 poor urban children who are constrained to live on the street.
The Embassy has expected the success of this project will benefit poor urban children who will gain an environment where they can feel physically and mentally safe and will also gain an opportunity to grow into good citizens.

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