November 1, 2010

Oromo: Japanese Organisation Facilitates Development Programmes

The Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects has funded several development projects in different parts of Oromia. These projects address, for example, issues of water safety, education and medical supplies.

Below is an article published by WaltaInfo:

The inauguration of [the] Mekedella Kelina Health Post and Water Supply Project funded through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) took place in Meki of the Oromia State on Friday, 29 October 2010.

According to a press release the Embassy of Japan sent to WIC, the Mekedella Kelina project comprises five water wells with installed hand pumps, one health post with the provision of health related furniture and equipment and one dry latrine.

The project thus addresses access to safe water and health services for over 8,000 people.

The inauguration was attended by Yoshiaki ITO, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan together with representatives of the East Shoa Zone, as well as members of the community.

This project is the third to be implemented by the Aberash Memorial Development Organization (AMDO) together with the Embassy of Japan. The project was funded with 85,373 USD.  The two other projects of AMDO previously supported by the Embassy of Japan are the Construction of the Darge Primary School in 2000 and the Meki Primary Education Project in 2002, with a total of 121,016 USD.

On 22 October 2010, the inauguration of a project for improving the Medical Situation and Hygiene Education funded through the Japanese GGP took place in the Gosa Wottiye Woreda of the Guji Zone in the far south or Oromia.

Dr. Kumiko Ito, Counselor and Medical Attaché of the Embassy of Japan, celebrated the completion of the clinic and of eight water tanks, together with representatives of the Guji Zone, as well as members of the community.

The project aims to improve access to medical services and hygiene for more than 8,200 people. The project comprises the construction one clinic block, installation of a solar power system, and the construction of eight roof water harvesting systems.

The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) implemented this project with a grant of 62,980 USD.  The Embassy of Japan has supported two projects in the past by FMM.

Since 1989, the government of Japan has been supporting NGOs, communities and local government to realize human security.