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Japanese grant for women’s handicraft and Mithila art

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Japanese Ambassador Masamichi Saigo signed a grant contract for the upgrading of a women’s handicraft and Mithila art center in Janakpur, Dhanusha District. The grant contract was signed between the Embassy of Japan and Ms. Sunina Karna, Chairperson of the Janakpur Women’s Development Center.
The Project for the Repair of the Janakpur Women’s Development Center, in Janakpur, Dhanusha District is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of Japanese. The total grant assistance is USD 64,664.
The project will support the repair of the center where the women work to make handicrafts in the design of Mithila art, a speciality art of the area. Due to its decrepit roofs, rain water passes through and spoils completed art work. The upgrading will build waterproof roofs, inkeeping with the traditional style. The work includes the renovation of one wing of the center to create a hall for trainings and seminars.
Since 1991, the Janakpur Women’s Development Center has been contributing to provide income generation among Dalit women and minority groups. By offering opportunities to work at the center, women can gain skills and income, but also they can obtain self-esteem and be empowered. Mithila Art has lately come under the spotlight, especially in Western countries. In 2018, one Mithila artist, Ms. Manjula Thakur was invited to a folkart exhibition held in Santa Fe, USA.

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