Sibongile Maruta Herald Reporter
THE government of Japan last week signed three grant contracts worth US$270 779 to improve the human security of rural communities in Zimbabwe.
Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security (GGP) scheme which was launched in Zimbabwe in 1989 in support of basic human needs for the most vulnerable communities in remote areas across the coun- try.
Two of the projects are in the field of education, for improvement of the educational school environment at Manhanga Primary School in Kariba and Musena Secondary School in Chirumanzu District. The remaining project is in the field of healthcare, for the improvement of X-ray equipment at Chikombedzi Mission Hospital in Chiredzi.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Harare, Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Toshiyuki Iwado emphasised the importance of ownership of the projects by the beneficiary institutions — local authorities — citing that the facilities would be constructed in a thorough and timely manner with the participation of all.
“Everyone must work together right from the start and be involved in all aspects of the project, as in the saying ‘kuturika denga remba kubatirana’, meaning that to put a roof on the walls of a hut needs joining hands,” he said.