Japan News Release
9th March 2011
Japan Supports Improved Water Access and Education in Northern Uganda
Two projects funded by Japan in northern Uganda have been completed. One is the project for improved access to safe water and the other one is for construction of classrooms at a secondary school.
The returnees in the sub-counties of Lira and Dokolo districts have got 13 boreholes. The Ush123m project was implemented by All Nations Christian Care since December 2009. While officiating at the hand over ceremony that took place at Enget Village in Dokolo district, Mr. Masaki Shiga, the deputy Ambassador of Japan noted that this project was rightly implemented in the area since the people had suffered from the effects of the 21 year armed conflict during which the existing water sources were destroyed.
These boreholes come at a time when the returnees are settling back in their villages but are faced with immense water scarcity and have to walk for up to 4km in order to access safe drinking water. Women are forced to forego economic activity as they search for water. This project will benefit over 10,000 returnees in the villages.
Japan is also to hand over fully constructed three classrooms, 5 stance latrine block and 6 rooms of bath shelter for the students of Ibuje Secondary School in Apac district. This project which costs Ush76m was signed between the Embassy of Japan and Ibuje S. S. in March 2010. The Embassy is aware that many students are yearning for education but are frustrated by the learning environment. With improved learning environment, together with a committed staff, the performance of students in the school is expected to improve. Ibuje S.S is a government aided secondary school with a high population of over 700 students but its available classrooms could not accommodate all the students, while the girls had temporary latrine and bathrooms.
The government of Japan funds such projects through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a financial scheme intended to support community-based development projects.
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For more information, please contact:
Ms. Irankunda Annet (Public Affairs Section) or
Ms. Achiro Beatrice Otto (GGP Section)
Embassy of Japan in Uganda
Tel: 041-4349542/3/4, 031-2261564/5/6
Detail of the projects