Japanese Embassy to Vietnam assists nearly 123,000 USD for landmine victims in Quang Tri province

(CPV) – On August 10, 2012 (Friday), at the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, the signing ceremony of the grassroots grant contract funded by the Government of Japan for “The Project for Assiting landmine victims in Quang Tri Province” was held. The amount of the grant is 122,936 USD and the recipient organization is the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Quang Tri Province is considered as most heavily landmine contaminated areas in Vietnam, more than 500,000 tons of lanmines remain scattered all over this region. Among a population of 600,000, more than 10,000 people become victims of landmine and have to challenge their life as disabled.

From 2010, Humpty Dumpty Institute – an NGO of the United States of America, and Project RENEW – an NGO of Vietnam – started “Mushrooms with a Mission” program that make mushrooms industry becomes a sustainable industry in Quang Tri province, leading to support livelihoods and generate income for local people. The project will provide inputs and training for participants who are farmers, single women, ethnic minority groups who were injured by landmines. At the beginning, only 9 households joined the project but now it increases to 100 households.

This time, in order to improve the ability of mushrooms cultivation and support the livelihoods of landmine victims, Humpty Dumpty Institute has planned to introduce new equipments that increase dramatically the productivity of mushroom cultivation. The Government of Japan has decided to grant an aid to purchase necessary equipments for the project.

At the ceremony, Mr. Hideo Suzuki, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim of Japan, and Ms. Jeanne Samuel, Country Director of the Humpty Dumpty Institute, signed the grant contract.

At the ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Japan Suzuki said: “I believe that this Project funded by the Government of Japan will bring further development to Quang Tri Province and hope that the friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and Vietnam will be further deepened.”

Khac Kien

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