May 2006 News

Japan Sponsored Projects In NAs Completed

1 May 2006
The Nation

Islamabad: A project for integrated up-gradation and rehabilitation of Banpy, Khaplu, Northern Areas, which was inaugurated by the Japan, has been completed by Agha Khan Cultural Services, a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the Japanese Government's Grassroots Grant Assistance Programme (GGP). For the said project an amount of US $62, 892 (approx. 3.6 million Rupees) was provided under Japan's GGP scheme on October 13, 2003. The purpose of this project is to improve the hygienic conditions of women and children in this historic settlement by providing them with facilities like community washing areas, bathhouses, and public latrine. Through this assistance, there will be proper facilities for women to wash clothes, so that open water streams will no longer be used for washing. It will also control pollution downstream and various water borne diseases. Similarly, there will be proper bathing facilities for women and children. The old feature of a historic bazaar consisting of about 200 shops that was rather decrepit has been restored to attract tourism in the area. In doing so, local materials and traditional methods had been applied for construction, which were most viable and had helped to preserve the local heritage. The value of this project will be measured by the fact that it helps the lives of 45 households with a population of over 450 in the settlement. The Government of Japan initiated the GGP scheme for Pakistan in 1989. Since then, the Embassy of Japan has continuously been supporting the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based organizations (CBOs). So, far, US $13,108, 590 have been allocated to 235 projects all over Pakistan including this project. The Government of Japan intends to give good attention to the projects of humanitarian nature such as those concerning primary health, basic education, vocational training- skill development, special education, agriculture, public welfare-basic infrastructure, environment and women-in-development.


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