Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japan gov’t grants $1M to local NGOs

Japan gov’t grants $1M to local NGOs

Japan gov’t grants $1M to local NGOs

The Japanese government has provided grants totalling $968,390 to two Japanese NGOs in Cambodia for the implementation of medical and educational projects under Japan’s economic cooperation project.

According to a press release from the Japanese embassy in Cambodia on December 14, the grant will be split between two organisations – the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) will receive $273,851 and the Foundation for International Development/Relief (FIDR) will receive $694,539.

The press release said the grant to AAR Japan is for their Project for Promotion of Inclusive Education (IE) for Children with Disabilities by Enhancing the Practices in Model Area and Developing an IE Evaluation System.

It also noted that the grant to the FIDR is for their Project for Enhancing Medical System to Practice Paediatric Surgery in Kratie province.

With funding from the Japanese government and FIDR, the Pediatric Surgery Project (PSP) – in collaboration with the Kratie Referral Hospital and the Kratie provincial health department – new buildings for surgical and maternity wards are being constructed.

FIDR said the hospital is relocating its patients from the existing building to other hospital buildings temporarily and then demolishing the old buildings in order to start construction on the new wards this month.

According to the press release, the grant programme for Japanese NGO projects in Cambodia started in 2002 to support efforts to help develop and rebuild Cambodia at a fundamental level.

Through November 18 of this year, the government of Japan had provided more than $37 million for 121 projects focusing on basic education, health, agriculture and demining activities across Cambodia, it said.

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport spokesman Ros Soveacha said that Japanese development partners, including the Japanese government and civil society organisations, have long played an important role in improving the quality of life in Cambodia in many ways, such as educational opportunities for children with disabilities, along with many other projects that have contributed greatly to the development of the Cambodian economy.

“Educational opportunities for children with disabilities are part of the vision for improving education in Cambodia as we look towards achieving important development goals by 2030. The education ministry is totally committed to achieving Cambodia’s fourth sustainable development goal in education.

“With the aid of our development partners from Japan, the ministry will continue in its efforts to improve education quality and make it more equitable and inclusive in order to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Cambodians,” he said.


  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Cambodia planning new border checkpoint at Thma Da

    Cambodia is looking into the possibility of opening a new Thma Da Border Checkpoint with Thailand to boost trade and tourism. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on December 4 that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a technical working group