KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Japan has extended financial assistance of US$ 419,859 (approximately Rs 43,824,882) to Shapla Neer, a Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support, under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme.
Shapla Neer, an international NGO based in Japan, will work with a Nepali NGO partner, Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), to implement the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strengthening Project in Chitwan district with the grant.
According to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu on Tuesday, a grant contract relating to this project was signed and exchanged between Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa and Country Representative of Shapla Neer Nepal Office Tomoko Nakashima amid a function held at the Embassy of Japan in Nepal.
"This grant assistance will be used to implement a project in both Madi Municipality, a flood-prone area, and previously named Lothar VDC, a landslide-prone area, both in Chitwan district. This project aims to strengthen community resilience toward disaster," the statement said.
With close coordination with the local government, stakeholders and community people, the amount shall be used to implement the project in capacity development of local government and communities, establishment and maintenance of infrastructure, DRR education at schools.
"The Embassy of Japan in Nepal expects that this project will contribute to improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) in local communities in Chitwan and will also be a DRR model for other districts in Nepal. Additionally, this project will contribute to the cordial friendship between the people of Japan and Nepal," the statement further said.