Japan is funding empowerment of distressed, deserted women & youth through vocational training in eastern India. A Vocational Training Institute building constructed with fund provided by people & Government of Japan opened in Kalimpong District in West Bengal. Ken Nakamura, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata, inaugurated the building in presence of Dr. Vishwanath, District Magistrate, Kalimpong District, Government of West Bengal and Ms. Shova Chhetri, Secretary of Hill Social Welfare Society (HSWS),on July 30 . The Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata, on behalf of the Government of Japan, had signed the Grant Contract with the recipient Hill Social Welfare Society (HSWS) ,a NGO, with the amount of US$ 79,839 on February 13, 2018 to construct a 3 Storied Vocational Training Centre .With the support of the People and the Government of Japan, HSWS utilised the grant amount of US$ 79,839 to construct a 3 storied Vocational Training Centre through “The Project for the Distressed and Deserted Women and Youth through a Vocational Training Centre in Kalimpong, West Bengal”, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project (GGP) Scheme of the Government of Japan.. According to HSWS, the Vocational Training Centre supported by GGP Scheme will be utilised for the better livelihood of almost 360 youth, destitute women and youth specially widows, separated, victims of trafficking, Self Help Group (SHG) members, jobless and poor families and around 1,200 beneficiaries will also be able to utilise the information Centre of the Training Centre.Mr. Nakamura, Deputy Consul General expressed his deep appreciation of work done by HSWS.He mentioned that HSWS’s good works will improve the status of urban/rural people in the hills of Darjeeling District covering the 4 blocks. He strongly believes that the construction supported through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) scheme will be utilised by the Organisation in providing better livelihood to the people of the Kalimpong. The GGP Scheme was established by Government of Japan to assist local NGOs in developing countries in responding various development needs in a prompt and complete manner, even though on a comparatively small scale. As a donor, the Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata has supported more than US$ 4.5 million to numbers of NGOs in eastern 4 states; Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal for more than last two decades to fight against various challenges at the grassroots level. Ms. Shova Chhetri, Secretary of HSWS, expressed gratitude to the People and the Government of Japan and said that, “We really appreciate to the People and the Government of Japan for the assistance. This financial support for development is for the hill people especially for the distressed & deserted girls & women, unemployed youths and other backward people. Hill Social Welfare Society implementing agency/ skill Development training provider would be providing trainings on Beautician, Cutting & Tailoring, Hand loom Weaving, noodles making, Mushroom cultivation, floriculture farming, Mix veg. cultivation, phenyl & Incense stick Making and Vermi- compost “Ms. Chhetri hoped more funding support will enable HSWS to expand its scope of work in time ahead.
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