The Government of Japan under the Grant for Grassroots Human Security Projects or GGHSP Scheme has made a grant provision of about US$290,170 available to four different communities in the country for developmental projects in various sectors.
Signing the contract agreement on behalf of the Japanese Government on Wednesday, 15 March at Corina Hotel in Sinkor, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura encouraged staffs of each of the organizations involved and community dwellers to ensure maximum use of the facility.
The four organizations that benefit from the contract include Africa 2000 Network Liberia, Kids Educational Engagement Project, Development Education Network-Liberia and Youth Crime Watch of Liberia, respectively.
Africa 2000 Network Liberia received up to US$80,896 for the construction of cassava processing facilities and shallow wells for irrigation in Careysburg District, Montserrado County.
It will additionally provide two cassava processing facilities, two cassava processing machines, two equipment for value addition and 24 wells for irrigation. Kids Educational Engagement Project also received up to US$71,546 for the construction of kids educational library at Sappema, Gbarpolu County. The group is also contracted to construct an educational library as well as all other ancillary facilities.
As for Development Education Network-Liberia, it received US$54,416 for the construction of school block at Tellewoyan Public School and to hold a workshop. Finally, the Youth Crime Watch of Liberia received US$83,312 for the construction of professional skills and development academy complex in Sanoyea District, Bong County, which will include a training complex, a hostel block and equipment.
During the signing ceremony on Wednesday, Japanese Amb. Yoshimura sounded a caution to the beneficiaries to sustain the projects for generations ahead. He appreciated the hard work and commitment of all stakeholders who contributed to the success of the initiative. The Japanese Envoy expressed hope that the four projects would meaningfully and positively contribute to development here and further deepen the cordial relationship between Liberia and Japan.
In separate remarks, representatives of the four organizations that signed the contract expressed their respective organizations’ gratitudes to the Government and People of Japan for the gesture.
The head of Kids Educational Engagement Project or KEEP, Madam Brenda Brewer Moore; Africa 2000 Network Board Chairman John Y. Yukom; Development Network-Liberia Executive Director Dorothy K. Toomann and the Executive Director of Youth Crime Watch of Liberia, Zuo D. Taylor assured their organization’s preparedness to effectively execute the projects they have signed.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Winston W. Parley