‘Oz Haat’ for a noble cause

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Australian High Commission is hosting a one-day exhibition for a noble cause at its Shantipath premises here this Saturday.

Over 40 community organisations from across the country will take part in the annual exhibition that is organised by the Australian High Commission as part of its Direct Aid Programme (DAP).

Craft and cultural fair

“Oz Haat” is a multi-dimensional craft and cultural fair hosted to support Indian non-government organisations. The fair will see a wide array of handicraft products produced by Indian NGOs including paper craft, hand embroidered textiles and bamboo products. There will also be a special display of Christmas decorations and all proceeds from the fair will benefit community groups.

Describing DAP as a mechanism to play a role for the benefit of the Indian community, Australian High Commissioner John McCarthy explains: “We fund various groups across India and Bhutan to undertake development activities, with a special focus on the needs of women and children. ‘Oz Haat’ is an extension of the DAP programme. It gives these NGOs an excellent venue to display their goods and access in the Delhi market.”


The Australian High Commission distributes 20 grants to Indian and Bhutanese NGOs each year under DAP. Examples of projects funded by DAP in the past include purchase of Braille machines, installation of sanitation and water management facilities, education classes and health care services.

DAP funds grassroots development programmes that cover a range of areas such as education, health, income generation, vocational training and the environment.

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