JAPAN PROVIDES 470 MILLION KWACHA
TO Global Africa AIDS Foundation
On 29th August 2011, the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Akio EGAWA, presented on behalf of the Government of Japan, a Grant amounting to 103, 485 United States Dollars, or approximately 470 Million Zambia Kwacha to Global Africa AIDS Foundation to facilitate the implementation of The Project for Construction of New Community School Building in Chongwe district.
The Grant has been provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP). GGHSP was introduced in Zambia in 1990 and its primary objective is to support various development projects which enhance human security projects at the grassroots level. More than 140 projects have been implemented in Zambia since its inception.
Global Africa AIDS Foundation has been availing food and opportunity for primary education to children affected by HIV and AIDS. In this regard, it has been contributing positively to the enhancement of the welfare of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) by providing them with nutritional support and education.
It is in appreciation of the efforts being made by Global Africa AIDS Foundation that the Government of Japan decided to support The Project for Construction of a New Community School Building in Chongwe district. Specifically, the funds provided will be used for the construction of a 1x 3 classroom block, an ablution block, rehabilitation of piggery and poultry houses, and for the purchase of 60 sets of desks and benches, a hammer mill and a maize sheller.
It is hoped that the construction of the classroom block and provision of related facilities will avail children, whose parents and relatives have been affected by HIV and AIDS and its resultant poverty, with a good environment for them to acquire the much needed education because primary education is key in ensuring that the citizenry of any country is literate.
Japan is faced with unprecedented challenges caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern part of Japan earlier this year. However, the Japanese nation is now all united together and we are on a steady path towards recovery and reconstruction. I would like to take this opportunity to express the sincere gratitude of the Government and people of Japan for the kind sympathy shown by numerous organizations and individuals of Zambia. Despite the current situation, the Government of Japan remains committed to cooperating for the economic and social development of Zambia.