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Japan grants support for school, water supply projects in Laos’ poor communities

(KPL) The government of Japan is providing grant assistance worth over US$159,000 for two education related projects in Bokeo and Xekong Provinces and one water supply system project in Xayabouly Province through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

Grant contracts were signed at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane Capital on Dec 18 between Mr. Takewala Keizo, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, and representatives of the respective district and provincial authorities where the projects are to be implemented.

The two education related projects involve the expansion and reconstruction of facilities at the Namchuam Lower Secondary School in Bokeo Province and Moo Lower Secondary School in Xekong Province.

Facilities at these schools are in poor condition and overcrowded, while the number of students and teachers is expected to increase.

These projects aim to improve the educational environment by constructing three to six fully-furnished classrooms.

Another project for the construction of water supply system will be implemented in Thamlort village of Xayabouly Province where safe water is not available enough to all residents.

Most of daily water is drawn from a river which is muddy and polluted, particularly in rainy season. The project aims to improve access to safe water by installing new water supply system which includes suction water tanks, decompression tanks, water storage tanks, water pipelines, and water distribution points.

It is very important that the benefits of these projects be fully enjoyed by the respective local communities, and the facilities are to be utilized effectively through GGP, said Ambassador Takewaka.

Japan has so far supported over 300 education related projects and 150 health related project through GGP in the Lao PDR, and will continue its efforts to support the Lao government achieve the goals of UHC (Unver Health Coverage) by 2025 and SDGs by 2030.

Source: Lao News Agency