Press Release

Japan Supports Three Grass-roots Human Security Projects




H.E. Mr. Hiroyasu Izumi, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh poses with the representatives of NGOs: Mr. Md. Shafiq-ul Islam, Executive Director of Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed; Mr. Mark Munshi, Executive Director of Christian Service Society; and Dr. M. Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director of Center for Natural Resource Studies during the Grant Contract signing ceremony.
 
On 27 March 2018, the Government of Japan extended grants to three Bangladeshi NGOs. Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi signed ‘Grant Contracts’ for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) at the Embassy of Japan with the representatives of these NGOs: Mr. Md. Shafiq-ul Islam, Executive Director of Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (TRP); Mr. Mark Munshi, Executive Director of Christian Service Society (CSS); and Dr. M. Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director of Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS).
 
TRP was awarded the grant for their project “Establish of a Rehabilitation Centre for Poor Persons with Disabilities in Barisal”. They will construct a rehabilitation center for the poor with disabilities in Barisal named “CARSA Foundation – CRP, Barisal” in the Barisal Sadar Upazila of Barisal district. Many people in Bangladesh suffer from disabilities such as the spinal cord injury (SCI) and cerebral palsy (CP) prevalent among children in rural Bangladesh. The combination of easy and affordable health and rehabilitation access in Barisal is rare, while the insufficient capacity of the existing centers of TRP cannot accommodate the patients as needed. Upon establishing the new rehabilitation center, TRP will offer physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and Computer Office Application training to 1210 poorest and marginalized persons with disabilities in Barisal annually.
 
CSS was awarded the grant for “Project for the installation of the medical equipment for eye care in Khulna” to procure and install one B-Scan and one Yag Laser machine in “Rev. Abdul Wadud Memorial Hospital (RAWMH)” for the marginalized people with eye complications in Rupsha Upazila of Khulna district. Most of the inhabitants of Rupsha and neighboring areas come from agricultural and fisheries background having very low annual income. In order to solve lack of quality eye-care or no eye-care facilities in Upazila Health Complex and Community Clinics, RAWMH has been providing primary and secondary eye-care services at a very affordable cost. But treatment facilities with hi-tech equipment for accurate screening, diagnosis and post cataract treatment is experience in the target area. Upon installing the B-Scan and Yag Laser machines, CSS will be able to offer advanced treatment services to 2,160 patients from Rupsha annually at a subsidized rate.
 
CNRS was awarded the grant for its “The Project for Construction of a Multipurpose Resource Center for Agricultural and Disaster Management in Tahirpur” in the Tahirpur Upazila of Sunamganj district. Agriculture is the main livelihood option for the people living in this highly flood-prone area. They lack knowledge, access and skill to improve their livelihood and social and economic empowerment. Upon completion of the construction of the Multipurpose Resource Center, CNRS will be able to provide seed storage for at least 1000 farmers for free, shelter for about 300 people during disaster, and training for 6,600 beneficiaries annually.
 
            In total, these grants amount to $225,986.  Japan has supported 190 NGO projects through its Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) since 1989 with the view to enhance economic and social human security in the grass-roots levels. The total sum of these GGHSP grants extended to NGOs in Bangladesh to date amounts approximately to $ 14.75 million.