The funds total US$300,000.
The Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC) said that the Nippon Foundation delivered a grant of US$300,000 to assist displaced Kachin communities last week.
The Nippon Foundation reportedly transferred the funds to the office of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) in Myitkyina on Thursday.
“We are going to use this grant money for IDPs [internally displaced people] who are both living in government-[controlled] areas and out of government-controlled areas, as well as for IDPs who return home. We will spend this money in places where it is needed,” Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, KBC chairman and KHCC leader, told KNG.
According to Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee, the Nippon Foundation will continue to provide assistance to facilitate the return of Kachin IDPs.
The move by the Nippon Foundation marks a shift in previous policy, which was to support IDPs largely in government-controlled areas, rather than those in areas controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). However, according to KHCC there are 80,000 IDPs in the latter area—twice as many as are in the government areas.
Rev. Dr. Samson said that KHCC has discussed the safe return of Kachin IDPs with respective government departments and non-governmental organizations regarding agreed-upon places by the government and the KIO.
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