» Japan Provides Assistance to Water Project and Ba Mission HospitalEmbargo: Friday, 2nd March 2007, 10.30a.m.
The Government of Japan will provide funding of US$79,740.00 (approx. F$102,672.00) to Delaitonga Village in Naitasiri and Ba Mission Hospital through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.
The Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Masashi Namekawa, and the representatives of the each recipient organisation will sign grant contracts to formalise Japan’s funding at 10.30 a.m. on 2nd March 2007 at the Embassy of Japan, Level 2 Dominion House, Thomson Street, Suva.
Details of each project are as follows:
- Delaitonga Village Water Project
Government of Japan will provide for provision of a complete water supply facility including construction of water catchments, tanks, pipe works and installation of electric pump, worth US$57,596.00 (approx. FJ$94,000), to Delaitonga Village in Naitasiri. This project will assist in Water and Sewerage Department’s efforts to alleviate the current severe water problem in rural areas. The New water supply facility will help ease the chronic water problem situation in Delaitonga which has a population of approximately 400 people and will help the villages to access fresh tap water promptly for drinking, and other daily activities.
- Ba Mission Hospital
The Government of Japan will provide two second hand ambulances, worth US$22,144 (approx. F$22,144.00) under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme to Ba Mission Hospital. The two ambulances will replace Ba Mission Hospital’s more than 20 year old only ambulance and will provide service to whole of Ba District including major health centres around. It is estimated that this project will assist approximately 175,000 people in the area.
Japan’s assistance to these projects indicates its commitment to contribute to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of people in Fiji Islands and is in line with its Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy of promoting development at the grassroots level. The GGP programme is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, sanitary environment and rural infrastructure. It is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties currently enjoyed by the governments and the peoples of Fiji Islands and Japan.