Grant Contract signed between Draktsho and Embassy of Japan

The sign­ing cer­e­mony of the Grant Con­tract for “The Pro­ject for the Con­struc­tion of a Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­ter and Hos­tels for Chil­dren and Youth with Dis­abil­i­ties in Kan­glung, Trashigang”, under Japan’s Grant As­sis­tance for Grass­roots Pro­jects (GGP), was held on 5th March, 2015, in the city of Thim­phu.


In this cer­e­mony, the Grant Con­tract was signed by Ms. Jigme Wangmo, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Drak­t­sho, the re­cip­i­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion of this grant, and H. E. Mr. Takeshi Yagi, Am­bas­sador of Japan to Bhutan. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by around 30 peo­ple which in­cluded the peo­ple con­cerned of Drak­t­sho.

In Bhutan, the op­por­tu­ni­ties of ed­u­ca­tion, vo­ca­tional train­ing, and em­ploy­ment for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties are still lim­ited. This pro­ject aims to sup­port Drak­t­sho in shift­ing its cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties and con­struct­ing a new vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tre and two hos­tels in Trashigang, east­ern Bhutan. The pro­ject to­tals US$ 84,203.

The Grant As­sis­tance for Grass-Roots Human Se­cu­rity Pro­ject scheme was es­tab­lished in 1989 to meet the di­verse basic human needs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. The Gov­ern­ment of Japan has sup­ported in Bhutan such pro­jects as con­struc­tion of bridges and school build­ings, as well as pro­vi­sion of fire en­gines and com­pactor trucks.

Al­though the GGP to Bhutan has been given to cen­tral and local au­thor­i­ties of Bhutan so far, the Gov­ern­ment of Japan de­cided this time to as­sist a Bhutanese NGO for the first time.

The re­cip­i­ent “Drak­t­sho” is a NGO founded by Ms. Jigme Wangmo in 2001, which op­er­ates vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­ters in Thim­phu city and Trashigang dis­trict for self-re­liance of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. It has been op­er­at­ing a vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­ter with hos­tels in Kan­glung, Trashigang dis­trict since 2010, and is now pro­vid­ing 53 peo­ple with men­tal, phys­i­cal and/or vi­sual dis­abil­i­ties rang­ing from ten to forty years olds from six east­ern dis­tricts in­clud­ing Trashigang, with vo­ca­tional train­ing such as saw­ing, weav­ing, tra­di­tional paint­ings and paper craft as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion and food.

As the cen­ter is the only vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­ter in the tar­geted area and has hos­tels, there is great need among poor per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies liv­ing in the moun­tain­ous area and there are many every year who want to be ac­cepted in the cen­ter. But since the cen­ter rents a com­mer­cial build­ing, the space for class­rooms and hos­tels is lim­ited, and it can­not ac­com­mo­date more in­mates. The Gov­ern­ment of Japan de­cided to ex­tend the GGP for the con­struc­tion of a new vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­ter, as the pro­ject will con­tribute to the em­pow­er­ment of eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially vul­ner­a­ble per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in poor east­ern Bhutan.

The Gov­ern­ment of Japan hopes that this pro­ject will con­tribute to im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tional and liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, and will fur­ther de­velop the re­la­tions of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Japan and Bhutan

Source : Bhutan Observer

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