Ambassador Otsuka inaugurated
the Learning Center for the Deaf in Baabda
On Thursday 24 October, 2013, the Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Seiichi Otsuka inaugurated the Learning Center for the Deaf in Baabda after its renovation was financed by the Government of Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The project of 113,110 USD was implemented in accordance with a contract signed by the Embassy of Japan and the Learning Center for the Deaf on March 12, 2013. It covered electrical work, painting and rehabilitation work for the sound proof room and improved the learning environment of the Center. Particularly, the sound proof rooms have been desired for a long time in order to secure the educational environment for the hearing-impaired pupils.
The Learning Center for the Deaf is a non-profit association located in Baabda that provides adequate programs and education in response to urgent needs of the deaf in Lebanon. The Japanese Embassy emphasizes the importance of supporting the socially vulnerable people and their families.
The director of the organization, Dr. Hussain Ismail affirms: “The tests and activities carried out in the sound proof room are highly important. These kinds of facilities are usually costly and hard to set up and thus we are very happy and grateful that the Government of Japan fulfilled our needs and brought an important contribution to the well-being of the individuals suffering from hearing impairment”.
Japan’s GGP has so far extended more than US$ 11.8 Million in Lebanon since 1996 to finance development projects implemented by NGOs, municipalities, schools and medical institutions.