The Japanese Government through the Office of the Honorary Consul General of Japan in Sierra Leone yesterday Tuesday 20th December, 2022 provided US$89,880 (Eighty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty United States Dollars) to Self Help and Development Everywhere (SHADE- Sierra Leone) for the construction of a primary school and sanitation facilities in Kargbulor Village, Magbema Chiefdom, Kambia District under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP).
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the grant contract between the Japanese Embassy and the local NGO SHADE - Sierra Leone at the Embassy in Freetown, the Ambassador of the Republic of Japan to Sierra Leone, H. E. Mochizuki Hisanobu said an important reason for providing funds for the project is to complement the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in the implementation of its Free Quality School Education (FQSE) flagship program.
Ambassador Mochizuki said providing FQSE and creating a conducive environment for learning are also consistent with Japan's ODA policy to facilitate sustainable and self-reliant development of the partnering with countries through educational and human resources assistance.
He said the Government of Japan has been supporting rural communities in Sierra Leone through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects for many years.
Ambassador Mochizuki said the GGHSP aims at responding directly to the requests for small-scale development projects from the local communities and Non-Governmental Organizations.
According to him, the Japanese Government remains committed to continuously providing livelihood support to Sierra Leoneans by addressing the needs of the rural communities, noting that the signing of the grant contract for the project is a testament to such a continued commitment.
Executive Director of SHADE-SL, Madam Christiana Y. Khanu said “with the resilience of SHADE-Sierra Leone and the financial intervention from the people of Japan through its Embassy, today, Kargbulor will have an ultra-modern school building with funds from the great people of Japan.”
The project will comprise six-school building, an office for the head teacher, furniture, a latrine with a wash station, and a borehole well.