THE EMBASSY of Japan has signed a $285,400 grant agreements with three community-based organisations to help improve healthcare and education in the Northern, Volta and Central regions.
The amount, provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP), would enable the Maata-N-Tudu Association to construct a health centre at Yong Dakpemyili in the Northern Region with a grant of $96,230.
The project comprises of a clinic and the nurses’ quarters for the people of Yong Dakpemyili and its surrounding communities to cater for the healthcare needs in the Northern Region.
The Institute of Sustainable Development would also construct a six-unit classroom block with ICT centre at approximately $95,467 grant amount.
The building would include an eight-seater water closet and a 5000ml overhead tank for the basic educational needs of the communities in the Central Region.
A community-based health planning services (CHPS) compound at Tafi Abuife would also be built by the Environmental Development Youth Movement with a grant amount of $93,742.
The project consists of a clinic, nurses’ quarters, mechanised borehole and a toilet facility for the people of Tafi Abuife in the Afadzato South District in the Volta Region.
Ambassador of Japan to Ghana, H. E Kaoru Yoshimura, said the GGHSP scheme introduced to assist various communities with basic needs in the domain of health education, water and sanitation, agriculture and relief purposes has so far supported over 260 projects across the country.
He said the three new grant agreements add to already existing five projects being implemented under the scheme for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.
‘I would like to commend the efforts of Maata-N-Tudu Association, Institute of Sustainable Development and Environmental Development Youth Movement and all our development partners and stakeholders for their dedication in the preparation and implementation of this project,’ he said.
Mr Yoshimura, therefore, expressed his wish that the projects signed would open new pages of successful co-operation in the long GGHSP history.
The representatives of the beneficiary organisations and communities expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Japan Embassy for supporting community development in Ghana.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
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