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Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects - Consulate General of Japan - Rs. 15 cr

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 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), research institutions, hospitals and local government, towards 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. The Embassy of Japan and the Consulates General of Japan in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai are in charge of this scheme in their respective regions. Under this scheme, the Government of Japan provided assistance totaling US$3,138,905 (15 Crore Rupees ) to 52 diverse projects in different parts of India in 2002.

Consulate-General of Japan, Mumbai
1 M.L. Dahanukar Marg, Cumbala Hill, Mumbai-400026, Tel: 2351-7101 Fax: 2351-7120

examples are below:

(i) A grant amount of US$78,854 to Deepalaya, an NGO working with economically and socially deprived children, for the construction of a new building to be used as hostel cum rehabilitation center for 200 girls.

(ii) A grant amount of US$18,502 to Disha, an NGO helping women living in slums or in rural areas attain self-reliance, for purchasing equipments necessary for running vocational training courses in five slums of Delhi.

(iii) A grant amount of US$71,846 to Eye Research Centre Society, an NGO working for the restoration of vision to the weaker sections of society by providing specialized medical care facilities in rural slums and tribal areas of Rajasthan, for purchasing one mobile medicare van and other ophthalmic equipments.

(iv) A grant amount of US$79,321 to Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, an NGO involved in the construction of water harvesting structures aimed at empowering villagers, for constructing water- harvesting structures like anicut, johad and talab in the drought affected districts of Rajasthan.

(v) A grant amount of US$52,297 to Prayas, an NGO running various programmes for underprivileged children, including a special vocational and educational school for the mentally challenged children, for the
construction of a School-cum-Vocational training center in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

(vi) A grant amount of US$75,949 to Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, an NGO providing good quality eye care to those people in the community who normally cannot afford to pay for medical treatment, for procuring advanced ophthalmic equipments, in order to serve a larger number of underprivileged people of Delhi.

(vii) A grant amount of US$78,484 to Lok Sewa Samiti, an NGO actively engaged in various projects on rural development, especially water projects, for the purpose of installing 77 hand pumps in the drought affected 49 villages of Nagaur District, Rajasthan.

(viii) A grant amount of US$30,093 to The North Eastern Boys’ Scout and Girls’ Guide Association, an organization engaged in promoting education of children and youth development, for the construction of a School building in Koirengei, Imphal East, Manipur.

(ix) A grant amount of US$2,922 to OISCA International North India, an NGO pursuing projects on environment and sustainable development, for undertaking Children’s Forest Program to grow mini forests in 10 schools of Delhi and Haryana.

(x) A grant amount of US$76,691 to State Resource Centre, Bhartiya Grameen Mahila Sangh, an NGO providing qualitative, academic and techno pedagogical resource support to literacy program in Madhya Pradesh, for establishing a Literacy Resource Centre for Girls and Women (LRC) intended to equip them with tools such as literacy and vocational skills.

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