Embassy of Japan in Nepal signed grant contract with LWF Nepal to provide agricultural facilities to Refugee camp and Host community

Group picture taken after signing grant contract received from Embassy of Japan in Nepal and LWF Nepal

Kathmandu, 15 March 2019- The Lutheran World Federation, Nepal and Embassy of Japan in Nepal signed a grant contract at country level to work together.

The Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Mr Masamichi Saigo, signed a grant contract today with Dr. Prabin Manandhar, Country Director of the Lutheran World Federation Nepal to provide agricultural facilities in Beldangi Bhutanese Refugee Camp and Sanishcare Bhutanese Refugee camp, as well their respective host communities.

The project for the installation for Agricultural Facilities inn Bhutanese camps and neighboring communities is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan. The grant assistance amounts to USD 70.245 (approximately NPR 8.1 million). This GGP project provides opportunities for income generation for Bhutanese refugees and host communities.

Dr. Prabin Manandhar, Country Director of LWF Nepal expressed his dedication and commitments to implement project successfully following the compliances required from the Embassy. Further, he explained 27 years of long partnership in working together with UNHCR and UNWFP for providing care, maintenance and protection to Bhutanese Refugees.

Dr. Manandhar says, “Refugees aren’t burden to the society. When refugees leave their countries, they leave everything but they don’t leave their human rights.  They carry knowledge and skills with them that they can use to contribute to local economy.” Dr. Manandhar thanked Japanese government, people and embassy of Japan for supporting in SDG commitment “Leave No One Behind” because refugees are also part of our society and joining hands together to support the government of Nepal and local governments in the agenda of sustainable development”

UNHCR Representative for Nepal Bushra Halepota expressed sincere gratitude towards Japanese government, people and Embassy of Japan for supporting Bhutanese refugees and host communities at time of rationalization of assistance. She is happy to note that the local government is part of this project.

Addressing the program, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal says that providing agricultural facilities to refugees and host community people will enhance their capability and capacity. The project will be one of the milestones towards enhancing the self-reliance of the Bhutanese refugees and host communities and strengthen the bilateral relationship between Japan and Nepal.


A contribution by LWF Nepal.