Four provinces yesterday received nearly $400,000 in aid from the Japanese government to construct schools and infrastructure, according to the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh.
In a statement, Japanese ambassador Mikami Masahiro said the provinces of Pursat, Ratanakiri, Kratie and Mondulkiri received a total of $398,113 under the “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Society” project framework. Of these, $103,885 was given to Pursat for the construction of a water supply system in Raing Khvay village.
“The water supply system will be constructed to [facilitate] about 17 kilometres of water distribution networks,” Mr Masahiro said. “Seven water distribution points will be installed in the village.”
Suon Sopheap, executive director of Life with Dignity, said people in Pursat are grateful because they will have a clean water system.
Mr Sopheap said health is an important issue for people living in rural areas.
“The project is to make people live better lives and be healthy,” he said. “When people are healthy, they will not waste time and money.”
“This project will provide 800 people clean water access,” Mr Sopheap added. “The project will contribute to improving their living standard.”
The embassy statement said Ratanakiri will receive $90,128 for the construction of a primary school in O’Chum district, while Kratie will receive about $98,000 for the construction of a primary school in Prek Prasap district after provincial education departments disbursed the funds.
“Each new primary school in the two provinces will have five rooms with furnitures and four toilets,” Mr Masahiro said. “The initiative will benefit over 320 students and teachers. It will improve the learning environment.”
Khat Samal of the Ratanakiri provincial education department said once the school is built, young students will benefit.
Mr Samal who welcomed the project said: “The new building will help since presently, the classrooms are overcrowded because we lack space in the present one to cater to the number of students.”
Lastly, Mondulkiri received about $106,000 for its new school in Keo Seima district, where over 200 secondary school students and teachers will benefit from new equipment.