The government of Japan provided grant assistance worth over USD 375,000 to support income generation for persons with disabilities in the Lao PDR.
The grant contract was signed at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane on Dec 23 between Mr. Takewaka Keizo, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, and Ms. Kubota Kazumi, Vientiane Office Representative, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), a Japanese non-profit organization.
The grant extended will fund activities in the current second year of the two-year project entitled Small Scale Income Generation Activities for Persons with Disabilities, particularly for Women with Disabilities in the Lao P.D.R..
The project aims to support persons with disabilities, particularly women who are facing problems of limited employment opportunities for income generation. AAR Japan will conduct training on cultivation of mushrooms, raising of catfish and frogs, as well as practical guidance to encourage persons with disabilities to continue production by themselves.
The project also tries to enhance understanding about disabilities among the community, through awareness raising workshops in order to break down the societal barriers which hinder opportunities for persons with disabilities.
AAR Japan has been active in the Lao PDR since 2000 with strong support for victims of UXO – unexpected ordnance, and enhancement of mother and child health services among others.
Source: Lao News Agency