Grant to benefit the distressed and downtrodden women


Under the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) scheme, on behalf of the Government of Japan, the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Mr. Masayuki Taga, signed the Grant Contract with Mr. Rajendra Kumar Rana, Director of NGO, Alternative for Rural Movement (ARM), for the project titled “The Project for the Construction of a Vocational Training Centre for Skill Formation among the Distressed and Deserted Women in Different Trades for Self Employment and Employment Generation at ARM Complex in Parulia Village, Baliapal, Balasore, Odisha” with the grant amount of US$ 85,992. The grant will be utilized by the recipient NGO to construct a two-story building and to purchase several kinds of training equipment to provide needy women in the region with more opportunities of vocational trainings at ARM Complex in Baliapal, Odisha.

In his speech, Mr. Taga mentioned that “While Japanese Government’s Official
Development Assistance (ODA) to India is huge volume contributing to various
infrastructure projects etc., the scale of GGP is relatively small and limited. However,
this scheme is directly addressing people’s needs at the grassroots level by supporting
local NGOs. I believe that the project utilizing GGP will definitely help socially
vulnerable people in needy areas. ”

And, Mr. Rana expressed his “heartfelt and profound gratitude to the Government and
the people of Japan for sanctioning the project. This project will immensely benefit the
distressed and downtrodden women by providing them with training on different
vocations and will also help to sensitize them about their rights and entitlements.”
The GGP Scheme was established to assist local NGOs in developing countries in
responding various development needs in a prompt and complete manner, even though on
a comparatively small scale. As a donor, the Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata has
supported more than US$ 3 million to numbers of NGOs in eastern 4 states; Bihar,
Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal for the last more than 2 decades to tackle with
various challenges at the grassroots level. We hope that more number of NGOs and local
authorities will be aware of and apply for GGP scheme.