The Government of Japan has been providing funds to non-profit organizations such as NGOs, Schools, Medical Institutions and local governments through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989. This assistance was initiated in Seychelles in 2015.
On 13th February 2017, the Grant Contract for GGP was signed by H.E. Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa, the Ambassador of Japan to Seychelles and Ms. Colette Servina, the Secretary General of the Red Cross Society of Seychelles, at the Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The total amount of the grant is USD 75,553 or approximately 980,000 SCR.
The funding will be used for The Project for Strengthening First-Aid and Disaster Response for the Praslin Community. Through this project, the Red Cross Society of Seychelles will procure a fully equipped Toyota HiAce ambulance for its Praslin Branch. The new ambulance will replace a twenty-year old ambulance that experiences frequent mechanical issues. The new ambulance on Praslin Island will significantly strengthen the first aid response available to the 8,500 residents as well as about 41,000 tourists that visit Praslin Island each month. Additionally, the new ambulance will allow the Red Cross Society to assist more people upon natural disasters, train more people in first-aid, and recruit more blood donors.
Ambassador Uesawa congratulated Ms. Servina on being selected for this year’s grant. He wished her success and assured her of the embassy’s support during the implementation of this important project.