The Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, HE Kaoru Yoshimura under the Japanese GGHSP scheme has granted One billion and one hundred million Leones (US$ 155,009) to two different communities in Sierra Leone to assist in the construction of safe home for Sexual and Gender Based Violence Victims and the construction of primary school.
The Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, HE Kaoru Yoshimura speaking at the ceremony on Thursday March 16th, 2017 at the Japanese Embassy in Freetown said that he is very pleased to sign Grant Contract to assist in grassroots Human Security projects in Sierra Leone. He added that the Government of Japan under the GGHSP scheme has provided the funds of one billion and one hundred million Leones to two different communities in the country for developmental purposes. He disclosed that it has pleased the Japanese Embassy to grant up to eighty-two thousand, one hundred and twenty –two United States dollars which is equivalent to five hundred and seventy –two million Leone to a non-governmental organization operating in Sierra Leone for the construction of Safe Home for Sexual Gender Based Violence Victims in Kambia district and seventy two thousand ,eight hundred and eighty seven United State dollars which is equivalent to five hundred and ten million Leones to a local non-governmental organization , Partners for Education and Community Empowerment in Magbonto for the construction of a school building ,install fencing for the project site and install a hand dug well to assist in people residing in the community.
The Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone HE Kaoru Yoshimura continued by encouraging staff of each organizations and the beneficiaries’ communities to ensure maximum use of the facilities and sustaining for generations ahead.
He added that while appreciating the hard work and commitment of all stakeholders who contributed to the success of the initiative he thereby admonished beneficiaries of the grant to take proper care of the facility to achieve the main objective of the project. ‘’ I believe that you all will take good care of the facility to achieve the main objective of the project,’’ H.E. Kaoru Yoshminura lamented.
He concluded that he hopes that the project would contribute to solve issues with people in Sierra Leone and further deepen the cordial relationship between the Sierra Leone and Japan.
Representative from SHADE, one of the NGO that benefitted from the grant,Christian Y. Kanu expressed great appreciation to the government of Sierra Leone for the tremendous efforts they made in the fight against Gender Based Violence in the country.
However, she stated that there are still unprecedented abuses in various forms against women and girls in Kambia district. She added that with the support they have received from the Japanese government through their Embassy in Freetown will go a long way in providing a sustainable home for victims of gender based violence in the country.
Rachael E. Tarawalie expressed her sincere thanks and appreciation to the Japanese Embassy in Freetown for providing funds for the construction of school building, instil fencing for the project site and install a hand dug well for the Magbonto community people.
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