The government of Japan has provided over $275,000 to two provinces for road improvement projects and the construction of preschool facilities.
The document signing on Friday morning (March 15) at the Japanese embassy was performed by Ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa and representatives of the three recipients.
A press release from the Japanese Embassy stated that Japan will provide a total of $275,296 within the framework of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Kusanone programme).
The project to replace two bridges in Kampot’s Totung commune (Dang Tong district) receives $106,146, Kratie’s Dar commune (Chitr Borei district) gets $82,450 for road improvements , and $86,700 are for the construction of eight Planéte Enfants & Dévelopement pre-school facilities in Kampot province.
The Japanese ambassador expects that “… the improved road will provide the local people [Totung] easier access to schools, hospitals and markets, and especially encourage people’s economic activities by enhancing connectivity in the region,” the other road project will benefit some 3,800 people in the region of Da commune, and the improved preschool facilities will aid around 270 children getting sustainable and qualitative access to education.
Director of Kampot’s provincial Rural Development Department, Hor Sorin, expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to the Japanese people and government for their aid to and support of Cambodia’s development.
“The grant is very important; it will help reduce the difficulties our people face when travelling, transporting goods from their communities to the markets, and will make it much easier for students to get to their schools.”
Japan’s Kusanone programme to support Cambodia’s reconstruction and development at the grassroots level began in 1991 and has provided over $60 million for 612 projects nation-wide. Its aims are to protect those who are vulnerable due to various factors, such as poverty and misfortunes that directly threaten their lives, livelihood, and dignity; it also promotes the self-reliance of local communities.