On 2nd September 2011, the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Akio EGAWA, signed on behalf of the Government of Japan, a grant contract with Mr. Shoichi Yoshijima, Project Manager of World Vision Japan in Zambia, under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Japanese NGOs scheme.

The contract, amounting to 392,682 United States dollars, or approximately 1.9 billion Zambian Kwacha, was signed with World Vision Japan to facilitate the implementation of the Magoye Community Dairy Project Phase 2 to be run by the organization in Magoye Area, Mazabuka District in Southern Province. The grant will contribute to the enhancement of the organization’s efforts in alleviating poverty and improving nutrition for vulnerable households through the project.

From 2009 to 2010, World Vision Japan implemented Phase 1 of the same project which the Embassy of Japan also supported with financial assistance amounting to approximately 172,000 United States dollars. During Phase 1, World Vision Japan has successfully established a community dairy scheme which provided vulnerable households with cows on loan. It has also provided training in dairy farming so that the households can improve on the production of milk. The project also included veterinary training to members of the community so that they can assist the beneficiary households with maintenance of animal health.

Bearing these facts in mind, the Government of Japan, upon request from World Vision Japan, has decided to extend financial assistance to the organization to enable it to continue the Project. In Phase 2 of the Project, World Vision Japan will endeavor to further strengthen the dairy farming capacity of the community, with more emphasis on ensuring sustainability.

Japan is faced with unprecedented challenges caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the eastern part of Japan earlier this year. However, the Japanese nation is now all united together and we are now 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 organisations and individuals in Zambia. Despite the current situation, the Government of Japan remains committed to cooperating with Zambia for the enhancement of the economic and social development of the country.

It is hoped that the activities being undertaken by World Vision Japan will continuously contribute towards the well-being of the vulnerable people in Zambia thereby further contributing to the strengthening of the cordial relations that exist between Japan and Zambia.


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