(KPL) The government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth over 217,000 US dollars for supporting the project dedicated to empower people with disabilities in the Lao PDR.
The signing ceremony for a grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy on Jan 31 between Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Japan to the Lao PDR Kazuhiro Kuno, and Secretary-General of Asian Development with Disabled Persons (ADDP) Yuki Nakamura, in the presence of Vice President of the Lao Disabled People’s Association Sommart Thongsithavong, Deputy Director of the Department of Policy, Disability and Elderly of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Sengaloun Louanglath, and other representatives from line ministries.
The project, entitled Livelihoods support programme for persons with intellectual disabilities in the Lao PDR, which is in its third year has three objectives. First, it aims to help persons with intellectual disabilities secure livelihoods by conducting daytime and vocational training. Second, it aims to create role models for them. Thirdly, it aims to raise awareness among society about the importance of achieving independent living for persons with disabilities.
ADDP cooperates with Intellectual disabilities Unit (IDU), which was set up in 2008 to provide a group of intellectually disabled children and young people with sporting and recreational opportunities in Vientiane, in formulating the needs-oriented individual support plan for students with intellectual disabilities by closely collaborating with three parties, namely ID users, their parents and IDU.
ADDP has contributed to helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities access to education and employment through day service programmes as well as to creating role models of social independence for persons with intellectual disabilities in Vientiane.
ADDP has been active in the Lao PDR since 1995 in support of disabled people. Since 2011, the organization has implemented projects to empower disabled people in Vientiane Capital and Huaphan 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