Grant Contract Signing Ceremony for Three New Projects under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects



On 19th March 2024, Ambassador Takeuchi and three organizations signed the grant contracts for the three projects under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects for the following three projects. Total grant for these projects amounts to approx. 150,000 US dollars.
  1. The Project for the Provision of a Secondhand Ambulance in Kabwe District” – Kabwe District Health Office (Up to 79,851 US Dollars)
  1. The Project for the Construction of Classroom Block of Mutendere Secondary School in Kafue, Lusaka Province” – Mutendere Secondary School (Up to 40,195 US Dollars)
  1. The Project for the Provision of School Furniture for Public Schools in Chingola, Copperbelt Province” – BeRelevant Afrika (Up to 21,750 US Dollars)
These projects are to supplement Zambian government’s efforts for providing quality education and health care. In one project, a secondhand ambulance will be provided from Japan, which is expected to transfer more than 1,000 emergency cases every month in Kabwe District, Central Province, and to contribute to reduce mortality rate especially in maternity cases during the referral. On behalf of Honourable Health Minister Sylvia Masebo, Dr. Kennedy Lishimpi, Permanent Secretary (Technical Services) from the Ministry of Health appreciated the cooperation of Japanese government in the health sector for years and the impact which the ambulance from Japan would bring in to the district. In two other project, Construction of a classroom block as well as procurement of study desks will enable over 3,000 children to study in less congested and better educational environment. Honourable Douglas Syakalima, Minister of Education, stated that these two projects will contribute to reinforce the efforts of Zambian government to implement free education policy which has enabled 2 million children to attend school since 2021.
Ambassador Takeuchi appreciated Zambian government’s strenuous efforts for providing better education and health care to the people, and expressed his hope that the Government of Japan could work hand in hand to make a step forward toward that goal. Align with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Zambia, ambassador also wished that the beneficiaries of these three projects will keep the chain of cooperation to the next generation.
To read the speech by Ambassador Takeuchi, please click here.