In 2015-16, the Direct Aid Program provided $558,000 for 20 projects in North Asia through our diplomatic missions in Beijing (covering China) and Seoul (covering Mongolia).
The Australian Embassy in Beijing funded 12 projects across 12 provinces/autonomous regions in China totalling $380,000. Direct Aid Program (DAP) projects focused on rural development, improvement of water quality and safety, support for people with disability, and greater access to health, education and legal aid.
In Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, DAP funding helped the Kuklem Uyi Drop-In Centre assist women and children affected by HIV. It supported community-based activities, including counselling for children with learning or personal difficulties, vocational training and providing guidance on child nutritional needs.
In Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces, DAP financially supported an International Bridges for Justice (IBJ) project to provide information on legal aid and access to justice to some of China's most vulnerable youth. IBJ, a Geneva-based NGO, worked with Chinese lawyers and law students to conduct legal publicity events at a juvenile correction centre and high schools.
The Australian Embassy in Seoul funded eight projects in Mongolia totalling $180,000. Supported by Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding, the projects targeted education, health and people with disability.
In eastern Ulaanbaatar, a DAP project helped create a friendly learning environment in a special school for autistic children. A new curriculum was developed and training was given to teachers on teaching children with autism. Classrooms were also refurbished and equipped with new resources.
In Khovd Province, the DAP funded Health Education and Behaviour Modification project delivered awareness programs on infectious and non-infectious diseases to 720 families in rural areas, where access to public health education is limited.