July 14, 2006

Japanese disability–related organisations

Inter–disciplinary Studies Center

Japan Society for Disability Studies


to be continued.

July 13, 2006

Interview for Life Story Making

Today I visited APD with Shravya. BasicNeeds carries out interview every quarter in order to generate factual and qualitative evidence to back the feasibility of its approach for the possible grants and improvement of its programmes.

At 10:15am we left BNI office by AUTO for the interview!!

In about half an hour, we arrived at an area most of whose residences constitute persons with disabilities and their parents.

The House we visited today was a tiny 1K house. Apart from cooking, all daily activities take place within the at most 9–m2 space. They have neither bed nor table. In this house live Ms. R, Mr. M her brother, and Mr. F their father. We could also see R’s sister Ms. S who normally lives in Chennai looking after her aunts and cousin _ who lives in neighbourhood.

Having said that, the family and carers were informed of the interview only this morning!! As a result, F had gone out for work…………

Anyways, we started interviewing without the presence of parents.

To start off, let’s look at how R joined BasicNeeds and APD’s co–host programme.
One of R’s brothers who were deaf passed away several yeas ago. Sister S also had deafness. R’s youngest brother M had alcoholic addiction. R’s father had been taking care of all of them as well as helping other children with disabilities in the community.

The sole source of their earning is ‘Pigeon Contest’. A pigeon which flied longest wins and its owner receives cash and other prize, a clock in their recent case. Thus their income is apparently limited but M wastes money on drinks. There is no state benefits system. They are only provided the Card for PWMI and her/his family.

APD identified R through an incident.

One day M put insecticide on the wall in their house to stop insects coming inside the house. R, seemingly all of sudden, licked the insecticidal powder and tried to commit a suicide. It has been understood as a complex accumulation of stress; such as little societal understanding towards her situation, deafness, and non–educated and unemployed status. It led R to have depression which caused her suicidal attempt. In this way, R was identified by APD and introduced the programme.

R started seeing a psychiatrist and have been prescribed the appropriate medication. By now, her symptom has been stabilised well. She has started training for sewing. Her works were made into doll–size and all pretty. Detailed stitch was very impressible!! I should practice sewing…

Unfortunately, however, R has been recently prescribed new medication which directly affected her communication ability. Therefore, we were unable to interview R herself and will have another opportunity some time.

There were some notable findings. It has been found out that M has been taking R’s medication to calm his mental problem. It does not improve his mental status to take medicine which is not prescribed for him. Further, he needs overcome the addiction and receive training to re–integrated in to the society.

July 07, 2006

JICA in India

I have talked to a person in JICA India. Mr. Hiramoto is in JICA India in charge of support for NGOs.

JICA India officially offers two grants scheme as mentioned before. Nevertheless, they virtually do not provide CEP. That is, it is important for BasicNeeds to have a partner Japanese NGO so that it becomes eligible to JPP.

For JPP, the proposal must be written in Japanese and submitted by the Japanese NGO or civil group. Due to the absence of rigid specification of Japanese NGOs, only an existence of organisational structure is required. Their previous experience affects the amount of money granted, less or more than 5 years. Having said that, the past activities of the organisation are to be examined, so it benefits to have legal status of NPO at least.

As the presence of Japanese partner at the implementation level is not required, it will avoid complex procedures and wastage of time to identify a partner NGO from existing Japanese NGOs.

Meanwhile, JICA India is trying to formulate its commitment to development in disability. Further correspondence is essential for both the development of our orgnaisation and the improvement of mental health situation in India.

Regarding to the Grassroots Assistance, it mostly granted for development of hard, though it entirely up to the negotiation with the Japanese Embassy. Bangalore falls under the jurisdiction of Consulate–General of Japan in Chennai. I am planning to make a phone call to them early next week!!

What shall I do this weekend? I found a travel agency on my way to the office this morning, so I might try it! Hope they are not gonna charge me ridiculously expensive fees!!

Additionally, Mr Hiramoto introduced an institution named Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability. It is based in Thai land and carries our variety of trainings.

Consulate–General of Japan, Chennai
Adress No.12/1, Cenetoph Road, 1st Street
Chennai–600018, INDIA
Tel: 91–44–2432–3860, 2432–3861, 2432–3862, 2432–3863
Fax: 91–44–2432–3859

July 06, 2006

The Organisation of BasicNeeds

I received an induction to BasicNeeds at the PRP Office.

BasicNeeds Model

BasicNeeds is distinctive in its approach to mental illness, which is Mental Health and Development Model. What is innovative about this model is that mentally ill people and their carers play the key role through the whole process.

BasicNeeds aim to achieve;

  1. Empowering mentally ill people and building their capacity to become involved in development activities.
  2. Improving access to mental health services through community–based programmes.
  3. Enabling the right to work.
  4. Tackling stigma, discrimination and exclusion from their communities and from mainstream development.

The model has five key components:

  1. Capacity building
  2. Community mental health
  3. Sustainable livelihoods
  4. Research
  5. Management and administration
Capacity Building

Identifying partner organisations that takes community–based approach to social and economic development and social work, BasicNeeds provides Capacity Building to these partners. Most partners hardly have experience in mental health and illness.

  • Enhancement of skills of people BasicNeeds work with to animate themselves
  • Formation of mutual supporting groups where innovative approaches to care are adopted
Community Mental Health

The primary need of mentally ill people is the access to community–based mental health care. BasicNeeds closely work with and extend the capacity of providers of community mental health services.

  • Regular filed clinics by professional providers of cares
  • Trainings –
    staffs of community based organisations – “barefoot” counsellors
    local general health and district–based practitioners – more specialised staff
Sustainable Livelihoods

Stabilisation is a key for mentally ill people to re–enter their autonomous and active life.

  • Identification of individual capabilities to facilitate their return to their previous employment or find new work place –
    better off the person
    his/her family and reduce poverty
  • Economical contribution changes the way the mentally ill person is seen from inside and outside their family

Based on “life stories” produced by each country office, BasicNeeds Research and Policy Programme generates new information, insights, and learning rooted in the realities. These evidences add strength to BasicNeeds’ research that will be used to facilitate the promotion of its work and help design policy recommendations both at the community and governmental levels.

Administration and Management
  • Trainings in project management
    writing log frames
    budgeting & finance
5 Criteria of overall impact
  1. Impact on the lives of mentally ill women and men and their families
  2. Changes in policies, practices, ideas, and beliefs
  3. Changes in gender balance/equity
  4. Involvement of mentally ill people and their families in the project
  5. Sustainability of change.

Update of Paper Work

One of my assignment here is to update a work on mental health service. I have read it through and grabbed a rough idea of what to write on and so will need to do a lot of readings!!

July 05, 2006

JICA India and Its Supporting Activities

Writing about web page http://www.jicaindiaoffice.org/welcom_e.htm

JICA’s collaboration with NGOs has two sorts;

1. JICA Partnership Programme (JPP)
2. Community Empowerment Programme (CEP)

The former programme is only provided to Japanese NGOs in India. BasicNeeds India need to have a Japanese Partner to take part in this grant scheme. The Japanese Partner submits application written in Japanese language to a JICA domestic centre located in Japan. Meanwhile, BN India is independently eligible to the latter i.e. CEP.

JICA Partnership programme (JPP)

In international cooperation, the role of NGOs has become increasingly important and therefore JICA Partnership Programme (JPP) was introduced in 2002. JPP is a technical cooperation programme implemented by JICA to contribute towards the social and economic development at the grass–roots level, in collaboration with partners in Japan, such as NGOs, universities, local governments and public interest corporations (hereinafter referred to as 'Partners" in Japan).

JPP Implemented Project in the Past
  • Allahabad Project (Uttar Pradesh)

Improvement of Extension System for Sustainable Integrated Agriculture and Agriculture Workers Training at Grassroots Level for Small–Scale Farmers in North India.
Implementing Agency – Asian Rural Institute, Tochigi, Japan (Implementing Agency)
Local Counterpart – Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Uttar Pradesh India

  • Vishakapatnam Project (Andhra Pradesh)

Creation of new type of producer–consumer relationship and common property resources through the linkage of urban–rural women’s Self help Groups (SHG’s).
Implementing Agency – SOMNEED, Gifu, Japan
Local Counterpart – Mahila Action

  • Chamoli Project (Uttaranchal)

Improvement of Sanitation and Raising Community Consciousness in Public Primary Schools in India.
Implementing Agency – TPAK , Yokohama, Japan
Local Counterpart – Ma mta Samajik Sanstha

  • Kalimpong Project (West Bengal)

Greenhouse Community Service in India.
Implementing Agency – MIVC, Miyazaki, Japan
Local Counterpart – Dr. Graham’s Homes

Community Empowerment Programme (CEP)

This programme is to be formulated in partnership with JICA India Office and Indian NGOs, along with the on–going JICA–GOI (Government of India) project as core project, Therefore, the aims and objectives of activities of CEP is principally defined within the framework of core project. As per our policy JICA India Office is seeking collaboration with NGOs or Private Trusts, which can immediately serve as an integral part of our existing projects.

CEP Implemented Projects in the Past
  • The Gujarat Health Improvement Programme

The Gujarat Health Improvement Programme was implemented from 23 Dec 2002 to 22 Dec 2005 in collaboration with Aga Khan Foundation

The objective of this project was to improve the health and living conditions of rural communities – especially women, children and the socially disadvantaged – in fourteen villages of Junagadh and Patan districts of Gujarat.

In each village, the project was implemented in four stages – preparation, implementation, commissioning and handing–over. At each stage there has been close consultation with an elected village committee, which was also responsible for collecting community contributions and for receiving training in maintenance and repair. ‘Ownership’ of the new facilities by the village communities is expected to ensure sustainability of this project.

The project has been able to positively impact the lives of 4,900 families by ensuring access of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. The contribution from JICA was about Rs.90 Lakhs and this has been utilized mainly towards construction, personnel and capacity–building costs.

  • Support for Girl’s School in Etawah

A Follow–up Cooperation Programme was implemented in Uttar Pradesh to support the activities of a former JICA Trainee, who is working with the State Government at Lucknow. Under the programme, in FY 2004, JICA purchased benches and blackboards for rural schools in Etawah in collaboration with Centre for Social Research


JICA India Office
Open: 9am – 1pm and 2:30pm – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Name: NGO–JICA Japan Desk in India
Address: 3A, 3rd Fl., Lotus Towers, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110065, INDIA
Phone: (91–11) 4167–2580 – 85 (JICA India Office)
Fax: (91–11) 4167–2586
E-mail: jicaid-ngodesk@jica.go.jp

*Summarised from JICA India website

Getting Lost Twice… (>~<)

Since yesterday, I have decided not to use AUTO!!

I am not sure how long it exactly takes me to walk home from the office as I have not managed to go home without getting lost. It should be about half an hour. It is a good exercise!!

This morning, Anu(Lovely Host–mother) gave e a lift to NILGRIS. So I started walking. I took the wrong way twice and realised after I went too far away from the right place. As a result, it took me about an hour arrive at the BN office. haha… But at least people were very kind.

Hopefully I won't get lost this afternoon.

O! and I have to find out about the cost of traveling to Goa, Maysore, and Delhi so on so that I can make financial plan… India is such an enormous city to travel around. I have to choose which place to visit!!

July 04, 2006

BasicNeeds India!!!!!!!!!!

Where am i?? I am here in India!!

I have started working in BN India Office!! This is my second day at here.

Yesterday my 1st day in BN office, i have recieved induction from both BN India (downstairs) and Research and Policy office (upstairs). Having different functions, they work indepedently.

The Rough Schedule

1st 4weeks – spend time downstairs furthering understanding of BN at the implementation level. Guru and Shabia will take me to their partner NGOs so that I can directly listen to 1st hand experience of participants of both successful and non–successful programmes.

After that – go to upstairs, working with Sudha. My major tasks will be to identify grants for research project, to learn about their research strategies and other detailes of the RPO, and to update documents on local mental health service.

It has been decided i will be visiting with Shabia one of the urban programmes in Bangalore which is delegated to APD

Let's see how it goes

March 15, 2006

Japanese Funders – International Cooperation

1) Aichi International Association

  • Environment
  • 04/01/2007 – 01/25/2007

2) Africa Society of Japan

  • Social Welfare, Medical Facilities in Africa
  • August – 31/10/2006

3) Asian Community Trust

  • International Development in Asia
  • Autumn – January

4) Kanagawa International Association

  • International Development, Emergency Aid
  • 01/04/2006 – 31/05/2006

5) Kanagawa International Association

  • International Development, Emergency Aid
  • 01/10/2006 – 31/11/2006

6) Kanazawa International Exchange Foundation

  • International Exchange
  • 01/04/2006 – Till budgets finish

7) Grassroots Initiative Fund

  • Grassroots Project
  • 01/03/2007 – 17/03/2007
  • Email

8) The Japan Foundation

  • Youth Exchange
  • – 01/06/2006

9) The Japan Foundation

  • Youth Exchange
  • – 01/12/2006

10) The Japan Foundation

  • Cultural Cooperation
  • – 01/12/2006

11) The Global Citizen Foundation

  • Natural Disaster Reconstruction
  • 05/01/2007 – 31/01/2007

12) The Global Citizen Foundation

  • Educational Facility
  • 05/01/2007 – 31/01/2007

13) The Global Citizen Foundation

  • Human Resource Development
  • 05/01/2007 – 31/01/2007

14) The Global Citizen Foundation

  • Public Health, Social Welfare
  • 05/01/2007 – 31/01/2007

15) The Nippon Foundation

  • Basic Human Needs Fulfilment, Mutual Understanding and Networking
  • Annually – Half a year before the implementation

16) Niwano Peace Foundation

  • Research Development
  • 15/03/2006 – 30/04/2006

17) Niwano Peace Foundation

  • Research Development
  • 01/07/2006 – 13/08/2006

18) The Peace Foundation

  • Children's Education
  • September-October

19) The Peace Foundation

  • Children's Education
  • September – October

20) Better Home Association

  • Children's Education
  • Annually

21) The Univers Foundation

  • Welfare for the elder
  • 01/04/2006 – 31/07/2006

22) The Southeast Asian Culture Friendship Association

  • Social Work and Welfare in Southeast Asia
  • 01/10/2006 – 31/12/2006
  • Email

23) The Iwatani Naoji Foundation

24) The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

  • refer to the website
  • Annually

25) The Japan International Cooperation Foundation

  • International Development
  • April – May
  • Email

Opportunities currently available to apply for funding

  1. Asia Community Trust

  2. Kanagawa Community Chest

  3. Kanagawa Newpaper Public Welfare Organization

  4. Grass-rooted People's Foundation

  5. The Nippon Foundation

  6. Yamato Welfare Foundation

  7. Morimura Foundation

  8. The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund

  9. Tokyo Masonic Association

  10. The Toyota Foundation

  11. The Japane International Cooperation Foundation

March 14, 2006

Public Interest Corporation

1) There are two major categories within public interest corporation

  • Foundation
  • Corporation
  • Others

2) A database of public interest corporation

  • Ko-eki Data
    The categories to look into are;
    (1) welfare and support
    (2) academic and research and
    (3) international relations

  • Japan Foundation Centre is another useful website in researching them.

  • The Ministry of Finance also provides a list of Charitable corporation

  • You may be able to check all funders that are currently accepting the applications at NPO Web

3) 11 foundations was identified to be accepting the application form.

  • refer to excel sheet, "Current Opportunity to Apply for Funding"

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