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Drinking water for eight rural communities

By Len Garae PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 27, 2010) - The Second Secretary to the Embassy of Japan in Suva, Yukihiro Tsujimura has, signed an agreement with the Department of Rural Water Supply for Japan to fund eight rural water supply projects through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Program in Vanuatu.

The projects are located in Epi (two projects), Efate (two projects), Erromango (one project) Malekula (two projects) and Pentecost (one project).

Tsujimura said Japan’s assistance in the project reflects its commitment to contribute to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of people in the country.

He said it is in line with its Official Development Assistance policy of promoting development at the grassroots level.

[PIR editor’s note: Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) programme is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include water, health, education, vocational training, environment and rural infrastructure. A total of 46 projects costing US$1,759,679 have been funded under this program from 1996 to 2005 in the Republic of Vanuatu.]

He said, "Access to water is not only a basic need of mankind, but a necessity to sustain, all forms of life in the world. Our daily lives revolve around the necessity of water.

"Therefore, it is in recognition of this essential human need that Japan has extended this assistance in order to improve the welfare and living standards of the people of Mafelau Area and Bongovio School in Epi, Ipota Area in Erromango, Lavor Area and Tisman Centre Primary School in Malekula, Saint Jeanne d’Arc School and Pango Primary School in Efate and Tswingbege Primary School in Pentecost".

He said it is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties currently enjoyed by the governments and the peoples of Vanuatu and Japan.

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