Government of Japan Provides Grass-roots Assistance to Chiyanjano Community Orphanage School

Today, 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 112, 336 United States Dollars, or approximately 530 Million Zambia Kwacha to Chiyanjano Community Orphanage School facilitate the implementation of The Project for Construction of a New Community School Building in Lusaka.
The Grant has been provided under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme of the Government of Japan. This programme was introduced in Zambia in 1990 and its primary objective is to support various development and human security projects at the grassroots level. Over 150 projects have been funded and implemented around Zambia since its inception.
Chiyanjano Community Orphanage School was started by a group of 30 women who formed a club to provide Home-Based Care support to people infected with HIV/AIDS. They noticed that many of the children in the homes they were visiting were not going to school due to lack of funds. They decided to start conducting classes for the children at one of the members’ home and engaged in various income generating activities, such as making of peanut butter, table cloths and doormats, to raise money for teachers’ salaries and other requirements. However, the number of children seeking to join the community school has continued to rise, with the current number standing at 259 pupils.
It is in appreciation of the efforts being made by Chiyanjano Community Orphanage School that the Government of Japan decided to support The Project for Construction of a New Community School Building in Lusaka city. Specifically, the funds provided will be used for the construction of a 1x 3 classroom block, an ablution block and a wall fence. The funds will also cover the drilling of a Borehole and the purchase of desks and benches.
It is hoped that the construction of the school building and the provision of related facilities will give the children an opportunity for better education. It is also hoped that the facilities will help in bringing members of the community together as they will have a more conducive place to meet and discuss issues affecting their community.

This month, Japan is commemorating the anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the eastern part of Japan in March last year. Japan is still faced with unprecedented challenges caused by the earthquake and tsunami. However, Japan isnow on a steady path towards recovery and reconstruction. Despite the disaster, the Government of Japan remains committed to cooperation with Zambia for the economic and social development of the country.

To read speech by Ambassador Egawa at this ceremony, please click here.

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