Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2013-06-30 13:22:18.0 GMT Updated: 2013-06-30 13:23:38.0 GMT
Japan volunteers celebrate 40-year tie
Japan has dispatched 14 more volunteers to Bangladesh with two of them having earlier experience here. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) says serving in Bangladesh as volunteer twice “shows their strong commitment and affection for Bangladesh and its people”. The new arrivals take the number of its overseas volunteers to 1,185 in the last 40 years. Currently, 79 are working in almost all sectors from rural development to health, education, environment, engineering and sports. Bangladesh’s single largest bilateral donor, Japan believes the volunteers are “one of the most promising engines” of its assistance programmes. The volunteers come and adopt Bangladesh’s lifestyle, culture and food habits and learn the language to work in far-off villages. Japan started sending its volunteers to overseas countries in 1965. Currently they work in at least 72 countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Oceania.