A highlands community in Malaita Province is the latest recipient of the Japan’s Grass Roots Grant Project, which the villagers describe as a ‘life changer’ that will end their struggle for water every day.
Aitolo community in Central Kwara’ae today penned grant agreement with Japan which will see them receive 30$USD about $253,000.
Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands Yoshiaki Miwa said the grant would provide access to clean water for the people of Aitolo.
He said one of the priority areas under the grassroots and human security scheme is to have basic human needs met such the provision and availability of water supply system in the communities.
“Water is life and everyone should have access to clean water, no matter where they live. Access to water is fundamental for health, dignity and prosperity in every person’s life,” said Miwa.
He continued stating that investment in this field is a critical component of strengthening health and resilience in this country.
“Therefore, we believe that this project will have positive impacts on the socio-economic development of Solomon Islands,” he said.
The ambassador said Japan is honoured to contribute to the development of the people of Solomon Islands.
He described the project as a symbol of the cordial relationship between the two countries.
The Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Ward 29 which Aitolo is situated, Felix Bosokuru said he was speechless with Japan’s help.
He said his people have many needs that remain unaddressed by responsible authorities, which make them disadvantaged, as they don’t know where help would come from.
“I am speechless to describe how important is your government and peoples support for my people,” said Bosokuru.
He said this is a huge project especially for women and children who have to walk around two kilometers to fetch water each day.
The MPA said today’s event also marked a historical moment for his people.
The grant agreement was signed between Miwa and Lionel Maeliu, Aitolo Project Coordinator.
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