Japan helps increase artificial limbs supply
The Japanese government granted Rs 3.7 million to increase the supply
capacity of artificial limbs by providing equipment to manufacturing
shops under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).
The contract in this regard was signed between Japanese ambassador
Nobuhito Hobo and the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society at the ambassador's
The project will be implemented by the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society
which has provided free artificial limbs to those in need and will
directly help 1,000 people annually to reintegrate into society and
improve their social environment.
"The Colombo Friend-in-Need Society is celebrating its 180th
anniversary this year. This is the first time we received such a
magnanimous donation," Colombo Friend-in-Need Society Chairperson
Kalyani Ranasinghe said.
"This project aims to replace old equipment used in manufacturing
shops with new ones with better quality and durability and also to
improve fuel efficiency," she added.
The GGP scheme is one of Japan's grant aid schemes which commenced in
1989 to ensure human security at grassroots level and realise human-centred
development through quick-impact projects. Since 1989, 228 such projects
were supported and around Rs 3,860 million was granted under the GGP in
total, Japanese ambassador Hobo said.
Japan and Sri Lanka celebrated the 60th anniversary of diplomatic
relations this year. During the last six decades, Japan and Sri Lanka
have maintained strong mutual partnership. Japan has been a strong
partner in Sri Lanka's social and economic development.
Japanese Economic Corporation Head Suguru Minoya, Secretary Sunila de
Alwis, Second Secretaries Toyoteru Doi, Kayo Imamura, GGP Consultant
Lashantha Jayawardhana,Technical Board Chairman Dr J K S Weerasekara and
Treasurer Patma de Vos were present at the signing ceremony.