Islamabad: The government of Japan has decided to extend financial support totalling $ 328,619 to three Pakistani NGOs, namely, ASTAFADA ($116,444), Participatory Welfare Services ($102,745) and Sahara for Life Trust ($109,430), for the improvement of water, education and health facilities respectively in rural parts of the country. The agreements for the three projects were signed at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Islamabad between HE Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and the representatives of the three organisations.
The grant to ASTAFADA will be used for the installation of a fresh water distribution system in order to serve three villages in Muzaffarabad (AJK) that currently suffer from lack of potable water and prolonged water shortages.
The grant to Participatory Welfare Services will be utilised for the construction of a girls’ primary school in District Layyah (Punjab) that will provide quality education to nearly 150 students at highly subsidised rates.
Lastly, the grant to Sahara for Life Trust will be used for installing life-saving medical equipment at the Sughra Shafi Medical Complex in District Narowal (Punjab).
At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Inomata highlighted that Japan’s Official Development Assistance Programme to Pakistan attaches high importance to the improvement of people’s access to basic social services. He also expressed his hope that this assistance would result in uplifting the human well-being in the project areas and in doing so would undoubtedly strengthen the friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.
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