Around 12,000 people in three different Pakistani communities are expected to benefit from a Japanese assistance for social development.
On Monday, the Japanese government pledged financial support worth a total of $359,877, or around Rs35 million, to three non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The grants, part of the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) programme, supports village and community-based organizations working in the social sector especially in areas of health and education.
Ayun Valleys Development Programme, which will receive $120,571, plans to spend the grant on construction of four tracks and a bridge in the Ayun and Rumboor valleys of Chitral.
The infrastructure is expected to help around 7,400 residents of the two valleys.
The Courage Development Foundation from Dera Ghazi Khan and Sukhi, an NGO which works in the Haripur and Murree areas, received $123,349 and $115,957 respectively.
Both NGOs will use the grants to install water supply systems in small villages in their areas. An expected 5,300 people will benefit from these interventions.
The agreements for the projects were signed in Islamabad on Monday between the presidents of the three organizations and the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Oe.
At the signing ceremony, Oe said he hoped the project interventions would improve the quality of life of the people in the project areas.
Grassroots organisations from all over Pakistan can apply for the grants and the selection process usually takes around a year, Sajid Abbasi, the press and information advisor for the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan, said.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2013.