A Nepali judoka and his Japanese friends on Tuesday provided sports gears worth Rs 2.5 million to children living in a shelter in Nepal as part of their regular support to the needy.
The support was a goodwill gesture from Pflaster Co Ltd, Japan, to Child Watawaran Center Nepal (CWCN), a welfare organization which has been protecting street children and providing them with free education, food, vocational training as well as job placement since 2002, says Dharma Kumar Shrestha, treasurer of CWCN.
Shyam Maharjan, who has been learning judo in Japan for the last seven years, handed over 64 pieces of judo mats, 24 pairs of judo-gees, one set of kendo dress and a big soft gymnastics mat to CWCN President Suresh Luitel amid a function at CWCN’s office in Nayapati, Sundarijal on Tuesday.
Maharjan, a representative of Pflaster Co Ltd, told Republica that he along with Japanese well-wishers, Takashi Yamaguchi, Khajami Tokomi and Yokota Koshi, who work with him in the same company, helped raise the fund.
“This is going to benefit the children because they didn’t have the luxury of practicing on good quality mats like these ones. Earlier, they had no choice but to learn the game on hard mats,” said CWCN Treasurer Shrestha.
“All this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the well-wishers as well as our government for allowing us to import the materials tax free. DHL also provided 75% discount in transportation,” he added.
According to Shrestha, judoka Mahjarjan and his friends have been supporting the shelter regularly since a couple of years and had also sponsored four players to participate in the Viva Cup Judo Championship held in Japan last year.
“We have given top priority to sports because it is very much essential for the physical and mental wellbeing of children, especially those living in this shelter,” said Shrestha.
CWCN is the first among many such welfare organizations to produce judo’s black belt players, who have participated in junior international tournaments in Japan, India, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Shrestha says that altogether 85 children are currently living in the shelter, while many more have already left after becoming able to earn their livelihood.