Japan funds 7 grassroots human security projects

(KPL) The Government of Japan is providing grant assistance worth US$718,254 for five education-related projects in Bokeo, Oudomxai, Vientiane, Xayabouly and Salavan Provinces, one health-related project in Houaphan Province and one infrastructure-related project in Salavan through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The grant contracts were signed at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane Capital on Jan 31 between Mr. Keiichi Iwamoto, Charge d’ Affairs ad interim of the Embassy of Japan to the Lao PDR, and representatives of the respective district and provincial authorities where the projects are to be implemented.

The five education-related projects involve the construction of facilities at the Viengphatthana Primary School in Bokeo, Phu-Om Lower Secondary School in Oudomxai, Phachao Secondary School in Vientiane (province), Somsavanh Kindergarten and Primary School in Xayabouly and Dindak Lower Secondary School in Salavan.

Facilities at these schools are in poor condition and overcrowded, while the number of students and teachers is expected to increase. These projects aim to improve the educational environment by constructing three to seven fully-furbished classrooms.

The health related project for the construction of a maternity room will be implemented in Viengxay Hospital, Huaphan. The current facilities are in poor condition, while the number of patients is expected to rise. The project aims to improve the capacity of the hospital by constructing a new maternity room as well as providing medical equipment.

Another project for the construction of a steel bridge in Hat-Ko-Nam Village, Salavan Province where the access to public facilities, local markets among others is limited especially during the rainy season. The project aims to improve the access for residents to the basic services and facilitate the movement of goods and services in the area.

It is very important that the benefits of these projects are fully enjoyed by the respective local communities, and the facilities are to be utilized effectively through GGP, said Mr. Iwamoto. He continued, Japan has so far supported over 300 education-related projects, 100 health-related projects and 40 infrastructure-related projects through GGP in the Lao PDR. We will continue our efforts to support the Lao government to improve the basic living standard of grassroots level.

Source: Lao News Agency