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23 March 2009


Japan Supports NGO “Agrasara Buddhist Orphanage”

for its Healthcare Center in rural Chittagong


     On 23 March 2009, Mr. Yonezo Fukuda, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan signed a grant contract amounting to US$ 86,575 (approximately Taka 59 Lakh) with Mr. Sumittananda Bhikkhu, Secretary General of Agrasara Memorial Society of Bangladesh for its project “Construction of Agrasara Healthcare Center” under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP).  


     Agrasara Memorial Society of Bangladesh, which is famous for its orphan home “Agrasara Buddhist Orphanage” starting in 1944 in rural Chittagong, has been helping vulnerable orphans and old people in poor for more than 65 years in cooperation with the villagers.  Currently about 1,200 students including 287 orphans are studying at its education facilities from primary to higher secondary levels and the girls’ college.  They are given educational opportunities to pursue a better quality of life there.


     Because there is no healthcare facility nearby the area, Agrasara Memorial Society will construct a healthcare center with enough medical equipments, which has been a long time dream of the orphans and villagers around, using the grant from the Japanese government.  The sanitary facilities of toilets and a well are also improved under the grant project.


     A new healthcare center will make better medical services available to the people around offering maternal and child health, primary health and medical examinations.  About 10,000 students and villagers are expected to benefit directly from the project per year.  The Japanese government hopes that the project will improve health conditions in the area.



23 March 2009

Mr. Yonezo Fukuda, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan exchanges the Grant Contract with Sumittananda Bhikkhu, Secreatry General of Agrasara Memorial Society of Bangladesh, for the grant of US$ 86,575 (approximately Taka 59 lakh) for the Project “Construction of Agrasara Healthcare Center”.










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