The Grant Assistance Scheme for Grass-roots Human Security Projects Handing Over Ceremony
The Japanese Embassy has donated text books and school furniture to help 14,224 students from 45 schools in Vientiane Province, as part of a Flood Relief Project for schools damaged by last year’s Haima storm. An official handover ceremony was held on 7 June to mark the occasion at Cheng primary school in Thurakhom District of Vientiane Province, with the attendance of Ms. Champheng VIPHAVANH, Director of the Department of Education and Sports of Vientiane Province, H.E. Ms. Junko YOKOTA, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, and other officials concerned. The agreement for the Grant Aid project amounting to 55,590 US dollars was made in December 2011.
The Haima storm caused a flood that submerged 45 schools in five districts: Thurakhom district, Keoudom district, Xaisomboun district, Hinheup district and Mun district. After the flood, the Embassy of Japan, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the Department of Education and Sports of Vientiane Province, discussed how to swiftly tackle the difficulty these damaged schools were facing. As a result of the discussions, the Embassy of Japan decided to provide 14,301 text books and 653 sets of desks and chairs for students, 91 sets of desks and chairs for teachers, as well as bookshelves and blackboards to replace the damaged ones.
Alongside this project, the Government of Japan has provided Grant Assistance for two further flood relief projects implemented in Bolikhamxay and Xiengkhouang provinces. The total fund of the three projects amounts to 151,732 US dollars. In addition, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also provided financial assistance amounting to 61,744 US dollars for flood relief in five provinces.
In order to renew its deep appreciation for the warm support extended by the Government and people of the Lao PDR to Japan when Japan was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, the Japanese Government attaches great significance to emergency aid when the Lao PDR is confronted with adversity caused by natural disasters.