Japan Embassy in Ghana supports two organizations
The grant formed part of its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP), which aims at assisting grassroots level development projects in developing countries.
The two organizations are Centre for Integrated Education and Development (CIED) and Support Service Foundation (SSF).
CIED was granted a total amount of 321,346.46 Ghana Cedis to provide potable water to nine targeted communities in the South Tongu District to address water and sanitation problems facing the inhabitants.
Beneficiary communities are Amedorme; Akalove; Agbletorkoe; Gamenu, Atuprakpo; Adidokpo, Kedzi; Aveta, and Hawui with a total population of about 2,995 people.
SSF was also given a grant of 226,202.10 Ghana Cedis to construct Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compounds consisting of a Clinic with Maternity Unit; Staff Quarters; a three-seater KVIP for patients; a fence wall, and provide furniture and medical equipment at Abui-Tsita in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region.
Mr Shigeru Hamano, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Japan Embassy to Ghana, said in Japan they took it for granted that peace and water were always available but that was not the same in other countries including Ghana.
He said Ghana was noted internationally to be a peaceful country yet water and sanitation were something some of its people desired and that formed the basis for the Japanese assistance to enable the less privileged communities in Ghana to also have free access to portable drinking water.
He therefore urged the recipients to take good care of the facilities so that their children could also benefit.
On health, Mr Hamano said the provision of health delivery was a very important service that could not be bought and that was why the Embassy approved of the proposal for the project.
He said some 60 years ago Japan’s maternal mortality rates were just like that of Ghana but they managed to improve on it and expressed the hope that the assistance would help Ghana to also improve.
Mr Adanua Kwame Anthony, Director of CIED, said the project when complete would not only reduce the burden on the people living in those communities but would also increase productivity as they would no longer travel miles away in search of good drinking water.
He therefore expressed his appreciation to the Japan Embassy for the assistance.
Mr Moses Oduro, Executive Director of SSF, said the CHPS Compound would serve Abui-Tsita and the surrounding communities with a population of about 3,700 inhabitants and expressed gratitude to the Embassy for the gesture.