On 21 March 2017, the Government of Japan extended grants of US$ 83,289 to Khan Bahadur Foundation through Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP). The Grant Contract of GGHSP was signed between H. E. Mr. Masato Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh and Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury of Khan Bahadur Foundation at the Embassy of Japan.
Khan Bahadur Foundation was awarded the grant for its project to construct a vocational training centre named Banshkhali Polytechnical Institute (BPI) in Banshkhali Upazila of Chittagong district. Bangladesh has a large number of unskilled workers of whom only 4% avails opportunities to receive vocational training. Therefore, the need for quality vocational training facility is very much in demand. In line with this demand, the Government of Japan has come forward to support Khan Bahadur Foundation. Poor and unskilled youths of the region are expected to be directly benefited from this project by receiving modern vocational training for free of cost. BPI will cover trades relating to ship building industry which will enable trainees to get job offer since there is a scarcity of trained human resources in this sector. It is expected that at least 400 participants per year will receive quality training on Welding & Fabrication and Electrical & Navigation trades from this facility.
Japan has supported 187 NGO projects through the Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) since 1989 with a view to enhancing economic and social human security at the grass-roots level. The total sum of these GGHSP grants extended to NGOs in Bangladesh to date amounts approximately to US$ 14.53 million.