Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in FY 2020
Project for Construction of Ritham Special School for Children with Special Needs in Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu
Grant Contract Signing Ceremony

2021/3/11
CG and Mr. P.S. Kathiresan Signing
Showing signed contract
Everyone showing the board
On 10 March 2021, a signing ceremony was held at the official residence of the Consul-General of Japan in Chennai to award a US$90,841 grant for the construction of a school for children with special needs in Rajapalayam, Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu. The grant was provided through the Japanese government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) and will be implemented by Ritham Charitable Trust, a Rajapalayam-based non-governmental organisation supporting physically and mentally challenged children.
 
During the ceremony, Mr. P. S. Kathiresan, Managing Trustee of Ritham Charitable Trust, said: “In 2004 we started the school by the name of Ritham Special School for Intellectual Disability Children at Rajapalayam with only four children initially at a rental building. As the number of admissions increased, the space was not sufficient to fulfil the needs of the students.” “After the construction of the school, we will definitely overcome our problems like space constraint, wheel chair mobility, ventilation, and hygiene. The classrooms will be with full of sunlight and fresh natural air.” “Construction of a home school is our lifetime dream. Our dream has come true because of GGP.”
 
Mr. Taga Masayuki, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai, said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Ritham Charitable Trust through GGP in its educational assistance for children with special needs and contribution to local communities.” “I strongly hope Ritham Charitable Trust will effectively utilise and implement the grant, thus strengthening assistance for children with special needs and local communities that support them.”
 
The grant will be used to build a special school with 14 rooms including classrooms, vocational training rooms and therapy rooms, which will accommodate more than 130 students and ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
 
The Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai has been providing GGP grants to various grassroots projects in South India since 1990. In the past ten years (Fiscal Year 2010/11 – 2019/20), a total of US$2,106,964 has been provided to 22 projects in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala, of which US$1,294,280 was provided to 13 projects in Tamil Nadu.