1st April 2016 The Government of Japan and the Tonga Red Cross celebrated a new constructed multipurpose training center in Ha’apai on Wednesday.
The Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata attended the handover ceremony in Ha’apai along with the Governor of Ha’apai Hon. Mo’ale Finau, Secretary General of Tonga Red Cross Society Mr. Sione Taumoefolau and the Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Finance Natalia Latu.
The training building and water tanks were made available through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects at a total cost of USD$102,600 (TOP$200,664.97) while the toilet block and storage room was funded by Japan’s Red Cross Society.
The Japanese Ambassador in his remarks stated that this center will serve as a beacon of hope for Ha’apai through distribution of basic needs during natural disasters, training and outreach programs.
Hon. Mo’ale Finau expressed his appreciation on behalf the Ha’apai people over the assistance from the people and the Government of Japan.
The Tonga Red Cross Society sought Japan’s assistance prioritising efficient and early response to incidences and disasters and to rebuild after the destruction of their office in Ha’apai by Cyclone Ian in January 2014.