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FOUR non-governmental organisations (NGOs) received financial assistance of about RM900,000 from Japan under its Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) 2014.

The recipients are Beautiful Gate Foundation, Development of Human Resources for Rural Area Malaysia (DHRRA), Persatuan Mobiliti Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur and Persatuan Pemulihan Sultan Azlan Shah.

Japanese ambassador to Malaysia Shigeru Nakamura (pic) said the GGP, which is a financial assistance scheme for developing countries in the field of basic human needs and security, has helped 133 projects in Malaysia with a total grant of about RM15.2mil, from 1989 until May 2012.

“It is vital for a country to achieve a balanced development. In addition to the GGP grant scheme, Japan has been despatching volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to various government organisations, including the Social Welfare Department and NGOs in Malaysia since 1996.

“These experts support and create a framework or system to help people with disabilities in terms of employment and participation in the society,” he said after the signing ceremony of the GPP grants at his residence recently.

Japan ambassador Shigeru Nakamura said the GGP, which is a financial assistance scheme for developing countries in the field of basic human needs and security has helped 133 projects in Malaysia with a total grant of around RM15.2mil, from 1989 until May 2012.

Shigeru Nakamura

“I wish the four recipient NGOs success in their undertakings,” he added.

Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled executive director Sia Siew Sin, who received RM324,804, said the fund would be used to purchase 180 recycling bins and a lorry to expand their recycling business in Puchong, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya.

“The recycling business will provide employment for people with disabilities while the proceeds will be used to provide training for those with disabilities to live independently,” she said.

DHRRA president Saravanan Sinapan said the RM266,622 received would be used to publish supplementary booklets for Tamil schools and conduct more educational activities for needy children.

“These booklets will feature Science subjects in both Tamil and English, and will be given free to all Tamil schools. The grant will fund five issues, with 20,000 booklets printed each time,” he said

Meanwhile, Persatuan Pemulihan Sultan Azlan Shah chairman Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam said the grant of RM74,085 would be used to build a living independent unit at the rehabilitation centre for the physically handicapped.

Persatuan Mobiliti Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur vice-president Anthony Arokia, meanwhile, said the association which provides taxi service to those who are wheelchair-bound for very low fares, would use the grant of RM234,119 to buy two more vans with wheelchair lifts to transport people with disabilities.

BY VIJENTHI NAIR

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