KAMPALA. The government of Japan has earmarked a $676,377 (Shs2.3 billion) grant to finance selected education projects in Uganda.
Among other things, the money will be used to finance the construction of girls dormitories, science laboratories and to sink boreholes.
It will also be used to buy and install water tanks and solar water pumps.
One of the objectives is to improve the quality of life of the communities among whom these projects will be implemented.
Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Junzo Fujita last week signed the grant contracts for four of eight earmarked for this year’s round of the project.
The four; Matuumu Secondary School in Kamuli District, Ashinaga Uganda (Wakiso District), Kahinju Senior Secondary School (Kabarole) and St Joseph Vocational Training Centre, will altogether receive $365, 261 (Shs1.2 billion) of the Shs2.3 billion earmarked for the community-based projects.
Mr Fujita said Japan has since 1992 supported 202 such projects through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) programme in Uganda.
The projects are in the education, water and sanitation, health and gender service sectors.
He said Japan wants to help to reduce poverty and to ensure sustainable community development.
“It is my wish that all the projects will be implemented as planned and that weshall meet again in your respective project sites to celebrate the successful completion of the projects for the benefit of the people in your communities,” Ambassador Fujita said.
The director of St Joseph Vocational Training Centre Kamuli, one of the grantees, the Rev Fr Lazar Arasu, said the institution is currently overwhelmed by operational expenses, which include buying training material, paying staff as well as the maintenance of equipment.
“[Therefore] this assistance is timely. The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects has come to donate to us assistance to acquiring a borehole, a water pump and tank, solar equipment and a pickup truck,” Rev Fr Arasu said at the signing ceremony.