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Japan gives Rs35m to three NGOs
February 14, 2014
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ISLAMABAD: The spoke person said that the Japanese government has decided to extend financial support amounting $328,619 (approximately Rs35 million) to three Pakistani NGOs, ASTAFADA ($116,444), Participatory Welfare Services ($102,745) and Sahara for Life Trust ($109,430), for the improvement of water, education and health facilities in rural parts of the country.

The agreements for the three projects were signed on Thursday, at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Islamabad between Hiroshi Inomata, ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, and the representatives of the three organizations, it said. The grant to ASTAFADA will be used for the installation of a fresh water distribution system in order to serve three villages in Muzaffarabad that currently suffer from the lack of potable water and prolonged water shortages. The grant to Participatory Welfare Services will be utilized for the construction of a girls’ primary school in District Layyah (Punjab) that will provide quality education to nearly 150 students at highly subsidized rates. 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), it added.

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