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Japan to boost demining efforts

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A deminer works to clear a field of explosives. CMAC

Japan today will provide more than $1 million in grant aid to two NGO’s for demining work, community healthcare projects and children support networks.

The signing ceremony for the grant assistance totalling $1,052,298 will be held in the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh.

An embassy statement yesterday said $843,156 would be provided to Japan Mine Action Service for the promotion of community development projects and demining work in Banteay Meanchey province, which are being implemented for the third year running.

It said that another $209,142 will go to People’s Hope Japan to support a project to Strengthen Community Care and Support Network for Children in Kampong Cham province, which is in its first year.

The grant contract will be signed between Japanese Ambassador Mikami Masahiro and representatives of the two NGOs.

People’s Hope Japan is an international NGO that helps people in Asia to lead healthy and happy lives by providing education on health and medical care. It focus on maternal and child healthcare education.

PHJ’s present project site is in Kampong Cham, the most populated province in Cambodia, which has 142 health centres, the most number among provinces in the Kingdom.

In late August, Nakano Masahito, Japan Mine Action Service technical adviser, said that JMAS will work hard to help clear landmines and UXOs until the Kingdom achieves its target of being mine-free by 2025.

“The JMAS’s goal is to help Cambodia until it becomes mine-free because we want to see Cambodian people happy when we leave,” he had said.

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