Japanese support for building hostel for deaf, blind children

Kathmandu, March 17

The government of Japan has extended financial assistance totaling USD 90,838 equivalent to around Rs 9.74 million to BP Eye Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Kathmandu.

A press statement issued here today by the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu said the support has been extended under the grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, a scheme of the Government of Japan for 2015.

The statement said a grant contract for the project is scheduled to be signed and exchanged between Masashi OGAWA, ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Prof Dr Purna Chandra Karmacharya, chairman of BP Eye Foundation, tomorrow at the the Embassy of Japan.

It said the BP Eye Foundation, established in 1991, is a pioneer in the field of ophthalmic health and one of its well-known achievements is the establishment of the BP Koirala Lions Center for Ophthalmic Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, in 1996.

According to the statement, the government of Japan has designated this financial assistance to support the construction of a hostel at the Children’s Hospital for Eye ENT and Rehabilitation Services, established by BP Eye Foundation.

The hostel will be used as a space to provide training to deaf and blind children so they can enter school.

“The Embassy of Japan expects this project to be both a success and to enhance the cordial friendship between the peoples of Japan and Nepal,” it said.