Three communities are to benefit from a Japanese grant of $252,000 for development projects in the areas of health, water and sanitation.
The beneficiary communities are Akyem Swedru in the Birim South District in the Eastern Region; Sang in the Mion District in the Northern Region and the Egyeikrom Camp in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem (KEEA) District in the Central Region.
The grant forms part of the Japan Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme intended to support various communities in Ghana with basic needs in the areas of health, education, water and sanitation, agriculture, public welfare, human security, capacity building and empowerment.
All projects are expected to be completed within a year.
The GGHSP scheme was introduced in Ghana in 1989 with the aim of supporting various communities with their basic needs in the areas of health, education, agriculture, public welfare, human security, basic infrastructure, capacity building and empowerment.
To date, the scheme has supported more than 280 projects in various communities across the country.
At Akyem Swedru, the grant would be used to construct mechanised boreholes in 12 different communities at a cost of $95, 500.
A total of $83,700 out of the entire cost has also been allocated to beneficiaries at Sang for the construction of a six-unit classroom block.
At the Egyeikrom Camp, a grant of $72,900 would also be used for the construction of a market.
In a short address at the signing ceremony in Accra, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Kaoru Yoshimura, commended representatives of the beneficiary communities for their tireless efforts to secure the grants.
He explained that beneficiaries usually went through rigorous exercises and procedures before securing the grants, “and this is an indication that these communities have done well.”
Mr Yoshimura assured the beneficiary communities that the Japanese government would do more if they put what had been committed into their care into good use.
Expressing appreciation for the gesture, the District Chief Executive of the Birim South District, Mr Emmanuel Kwakye, said the people in the area appreciated the Japanese government’s efforts to support various development projects.
According to him, this was not the first time that the district was benefitting from the Japanese government’s gesture since similar provisions were made in 2011.
“The current project is going to serve 29,189 people in 12 beneficiary communities; namely, Asawase, Awisa NHIS, Akurakan, Atuntumirem, Anamase, Awisa Salem, Swedru Zongo, Swedru Coppon, Prakrom, AKISS, Official Town and Aduasa,” he said.