The Japanese government has provided over $800,000 in funding to two Japanese NGOs, under its grant assistance program. NGOs are engaged in raising awareness of environmental issues and eliminating violence against children in schools.
The grant contract was signed on March 12 by Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Mikami and representatives of the two NGOs – Nature Center Risen (NCR) and Save the Children Japan (SCJ).
A press release from the Japanese Embassy indicates that $120,000 has been granted to NCR to implement the second year of its project to “realize a sustainable living environment around Cambodian citizens through promotion and awareness to environmental issues”, while $697,000 went to Save the Children Japan (SCJ) for their program “Eliminating Violence Against Children in Schools in Kampong Cham, Cambodia”.
The statement said NCR will promote and increase fundamental environmental awareness across Cambodia by providing educational materials and equipment – to improve citizens’ environmental knowledge – and implementing awareness-raising activities.
The NGO expects around 130 people to play a central role in promoting and raising public awareness of environmental issues.
SCJ will implement awareness-raising activities with children, parents and school officials, while advocating and establishing school-based child protection systems with the goal of eliminating violence against children in schools .
Through this project, approximately 12,000 students and 440 teachers in targeted schools will benefit from a safer and more inclusive environment free from violence, leading to improved healthy development and well-being of children.