The Japanese Government has provided a grant to the tone of US$348,612 to four local non-governmental organizations undertaking different community projects in the country.
Recipients include the Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI), Community Safety Initiative (CSI), Peer Vision Educational Network Liberia (PEVEN) and Nay-Yougor Wulakellen Empowerment Program (NAY-WEP).
Community Healthcare Initiative received $90, 899, Community Safety Initiative $90, 670, Nay-Yougor Wulakellen $83, 890 and Peer Vision Educational Network $83, 153.
The grant is part of the Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program (GGHSP).
At the signing ceremony on February 28, on the United Methodist compound on 13th Street, Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Liberia and Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno, said prior to the signing, he had held a meeting with the Foreign Ministry officials on how his country remains committed to the Government of Liberia regardless of who is in power.
According to Amb. Himeno, the grant is meant to have a direct impact on the common people who are affected in various ways by poverty.
It may be recalled that last year, the Japanese Government provided grant for a group of local non-governmental organizations that are involved in various social activities including health, agriculture, and food processing.
Since last year, Amb. Himeno said the Embassy has received reports from the previous beneficiaries that those projects have been fully implemented, but were yet to be inspected by representatives of the Japanese Government.
Besides the grant, Amb. Himeno said Japan is implementing other major projects in Liberia, including the Somalia Road project and the completed health project at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.
AS of the recent grant, it will be used to facilitate various projects in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and other areas across the country.
Peer Vision Educational Network is set to construct an institute for Care and TVET Services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Kakata District, Margibi County.
The Community Healthcare Initiative is going to construct a maternal, newborn and child health center in Mamba Karba District in Kpan Town, Marshall Road, Lower Margibi County, to help several women and children there.
The NAY-WEP is operating in Bong County and is poised to rehabilitate a 7.4km feeder road, which runs from Cotton Tree to Gwolista near Gbartala, Yellequelleh District.
Community Safety, for its part, will be constructing a youth development center in District #1, Compound #1 in Grand Bassa County.
The beneficiaries, represented by their executive directors, extended gratitude to Amb. Himeno and the people of Japan for the assistance and pledged to honestly implement the earmarked projects.