Two non-governmental organisations on Tuesday received grant from the Japanese government for their projects under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project (GGP). Japanese Consul General in Chennai Kazuo Minagawa signed the grant contract here with the representatives of the NGOs.

The Centre for Rural Education and Economic Development (CREED) received Rs.45.36 lakh for its project to construct a training centre in Cuddalore to provide vocational training for rural women.

A grant of Rs.37.79 lakh was given to Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam to construct a printing school for underprivileged girls and women in Nagapattinam. Mr.Minagawa, who gave away the cheques, said that the new building for CREED would help the NGO provide training in tailoring and computer science. About 2,500 women are expected to benefit from the grant.

Similarly, the grant to Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam would be used to train 100 women every year and provide them employment.

Nearly 100 projects have been funded under GGP in the southern States to improve the socio-economic situation in the rural areas since 1989.

This fiscal, four projects, including those provided in October 2010, have been funded, Mr.Minagawa said.

CREED's secretary Viswalingam Nadanasabapathy said that the organisation has been working for the betterment of the underprivileged people for over two decades. CREED's target group is mainly landless agricultural labourers who get seasonal income.

Appakutti Vedarathinam, managing trustee of Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam said that the grant would help reach out to more underprivileged women. The organisation has been striving for the welfare of rural women since 1950.