(KPL) The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth 265,971 US dollars for supporting empowerment of disabled people in Lao PDR.
The signing ceremony for the grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane Capital on January 31 between Charge d’Affaires and interim of Japan to the Lao PDR, Mr Kazuhiro Kuno, and President of Asian Development with Disabled Persons (ADDP), a Japanese non-profit organization, Ms. Tomiko Maejima.
Witness of the event were President of the Lao Disabled People’s Association, Mr Sommart Phongsithavong, Deputy Director of the Department of Policy, Disability and Elderly, Mr Sengaloun Louanglath, and other representative from the line ministers.
The project, entitled “livelihood support program for persons with intellectual disabilities in the Lao PDR, is in its second year and aims to help persons with intellectual disabilities secure livelihood supporting during daytime and vocational training, to create a new working role model for them, and to raise awareness among society about the importance of persons with disabilities achieving independent living.
As a main activity, in cooperation with the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA) and parents of intellectual disabled person, the project help instructors of intellectually disabled persons to improve their training capability so that instructors can support daily living and provide vocational training. The project will also conduct education activities to promote understanding of intellectual disabilities for neighboring residents, university and school teachers.
ADDP has been active in Lao PDR since 1995 in support of disabled people. Since 2011, the organization has implemented project to empower disabled people in Vientiane Capital and Houaphan province, with funding from the Japanese Government. Through these activities, ADDP has contributed to improving the living environment of people with disabilities.
Source: Lao News Agency