Japan Supports Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed to Establish the Rehabilitation Centre
|From Left, Valerie A Taylor, Founder & Coordinator, Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (TRP), Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, Mayor, Barishal City Corporation, ITO Naoki, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh and Pierre Dorbes, Country Director, International Committee of the Red Cross
On 9th March, the inauguration ceremony of “the Establish of a Rehabilitation Centre for Poor Persons with Disabilities in Barisal” was held at CARSA Foundation - CRP, Barisal centre at Barisal district, which was implemented by Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (TRP) through its core project “Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP)” with support of the Government of Japan through Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP). Mr. ITO Naoki, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh attended the ceremony, and Mr. Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, Mayor, Valerie A Taylor, Founder & Coordinator, Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (TRP), Barishal City Corporation, Mr. Pierre Dorbes, Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury, Divisional Commissioner, Barishal, S. M. Ajior Rahman, District Commissioner, Barishal also attended.
TRP was awarded the grant of $85,331, which is approximately BDT 6.6 million for the project to construct the rehabilitation centre for the poor persons with disabilities in Barisal. Barisal, a district with 1.6 lac of people with disabilities, used to have only one physiotherapy centre run by CRP, which provided rehabilitation services. However, the building did not have enough space to provide services to all patients, and some of them had to visit TRP's centre in Dhaka which put their conditions in risk. After completion of the construction work, TRP is now capable of providing therapies in low cost to around 1,190 poor disabled patients per year, and keep providing vocational training which allow the patients to get job.
Japan has supported 194 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 $ 15 million.