Japan will continue to support the people of Pakistan: Mr. MATSUDA Kuninori

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Islamabad: The Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Mr. MATSUDA Kuninori, said that the Government of Japan will continue to support the people of Pakistan to improve their living standard. He expressed these views while announcing the four social development projects in education and rural electrification in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

As a part of efforts to promote human security, the Government of Japan has decided to provide financial assistance of US$ 236,230 for four social development projects in education and rural electrification in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces. The grants will be provided to four national NGOs, Learning Awareness & Motivation Programme (LAMP) in Khyber district, Friends Welfare Association (FWA) in Torghar district, Hana Development Council (HDC) in Mandi Bahauddin district and Actions for Human Advancement (AHAT) in Kasur district.

Japanese envoy congratulated the recipient organizations for winning the Japanese grant for their respective development projects. He expressed his hope that these projects will help girls and boys to have an easy access to their basic right of education and help local communities get maximum benefit from the rural electrification project.

Mr. MATSUDA Kuninori added his strong desire that education will promote understanding and respect to the others and different culture, then will promote peace and stability.

Learning Awareness & Motivation Programme (LAMP) will get the grant of US$ 73,514 for the expansion of a primary section of the school for boys and girls in a village of Khyber district to overcome the problem of overcrowded classrooms. Currently, the school having classes from Play Group till Grade 10 has over 950 enrollment, and over 300 students sit outside their classrooms in open space because of the limited sitting capacity in the classrooms.

Earlier, the school was expanded up to grade 10 with the financial assistance provided by the Government of Japan in financial year 2011 and 2015.

Friends Welfare Association (FWA) will spend the grant of US$ 64,868  for the construction of a building for primary and middle school in Torghar district of KPK. At present over 130 girls and boys use the premises of a local mosque for their classes because of the lack of availability of school building. The new school building will also be used in second shift for middle school classes for girls specifically.

Hana Development Council (HDC) will spend the grant of US$ 42,818  in installation of electricity scheme for seven communities of Mandi Bahauddin district in Punjab province where there is no facility of electricity at present. The project will install electricity equipment – transformers, polls, electricity lines and meters and connect it with the national grid. The scheme is expected to benefit over 1650 local community members.

Actions for Human Advancement (AHAT) will spend the grant of US$ 55,030 for the expansion of a public elementary school in Kasur district. With the construction of new school building, children will be able to continue their education in conducive environment. Over 700 boys and girls will get benefit from this project.

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