JAPAN GRANTS US$1,115,251 FOR SIX PROJECTS IN CHIN STATE, SHAN STATE, BAGO REGION AND MAGWAY REGION
January 27, 2015H.E. Mr. Tateshi HIGUCHI, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar, and Chairmen of the Committees from the States and Regions concerned signed the grant contracts for six projects today. Under these contracts, Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme will provide a total of US$1,115,251 as listed below:
1. The Project for Construction of Tong Zan Basic Education High School in Tong Zan Township, Chin State (US$271,893)
2. The Project for Construction of Falam Basic Education Branch High School in Falam Township, Chin State (US$343,494)
3. The Project for Construction of Rural Health Center in Aibur Village, Htan Ta Lan Township, Chin State (US$119,413)
4. The Project for Construction of Nyaung Shwe No.2 Post Primary School in Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State (US$127,142)
5. The Project for Construction of Sub Rural Health Center in Yea Thoung Village, Sidoktaya Township, Magway Region (US$71,617)
6. The Project for Bridge Construction of Ket Kyi Seik Village in Kyaukkyi Township, Bago Region (US$181,692)
* Tong Zan Basic Education High School, located in Tong Zan Township, Chin State in western Myanmar opened in 1905. This is the only high school in Tong Zan Township and 1,244 students are studying there. Building 1 which has wooden floors and walls with GI sheet roofing was constructed in 1961. Being 54 years old, the wooden poles and walls are decayed and in dangerous condition. Under such circumstances, the Japanese Government, under its GGP scheme, will support construction of a two-storey R.C building with lavatories and full furniture.
* Falam Basic Education Branch High School is the only branch high school in Falam Township, Chin State. Building 1 was constructed in 1983 and so was Building 2 in 1995. Both buildings were built using secondhand wood, and their wooden poles have become damaged and decayed. On the other hand, being the only branch high school in the area, student enrollment increased to 760 in 2013 and now, classes are divided into morning and evening sessions to accommodate all students. Under such circumstances, the Japanese Government, under its GGP scheme, will support construction of a two-storey R.C building with lavatories and full furniture.
* Aibur Village Rural Health Center (RHC) is situated in Htan Ta Lan Township of Chin State. The Aibur Village RHC was constructed in 1954. Because of its very old building, the RHC cannot fulfill some medical services such as safe delivery and basic health care. Under such circumstances, the Japanese Government under its GGP scheme will support construction of a RHC building and staff-quarter with full sets of furniture and medical equipment. The project will benefit 5,225 people of 1,106 households who rely on the Aibur RHC.
* Nyaung Shwe Township, a tourist hub for visiting Inle lake, is located in southern part of Shan State. No.2 Basic Education Post Primary School is situated in Nandarwun quarter of Nyaung Shwe Township and was established in 1979. Building 2 of the school, a one-storey brick nogging building, was constructed using secondhand wood and GI sheets through self-helped fund. Therefore, the structure of the building became weak. At the same time, having insufficient classrooms, the students are studying in congested environments. Under such circumstances, the Japanese Government, under its GGP scheme, will support construction of a two-storey R.C building with full furniture. The project will benefit a total of 320 students.
* Yae Thoung Village is located in a remote area of Sidoktaya Township, Magway Region and 99% of local people are ethnic Chin. 980 people from nearby 4 villages are relying on the Sub Rural Health Center (SRHC) of the Village. However, there was no building for the SRHC and one villager’s house was used for the health care services. Under such circumstance, the Japanese Government, under its GGP scheme, will support construction of a Sub Rural Health Center main building and staff quarter with full sets of furniture and medical equipment.
* Ket Kyi Seik Bridge is situated in Kyaukkyi Township, Bago Region which is in lower Myanmar. The current bridge was constructed in 1980 with wood, and has 446 feet in length and 10 feet in width. After a long period of use, wooden posts are damaged and decayed and handrails are broken. Under such circumstance, the Japanese Government, under its GGP scheme, will support construction of a RC bridge with steel girders and brick abutment wind walls. The 6,300 farmers, hawkers, government staffs, students and monks who pass the bridge daily will be able to travel safely when the new bridge is constructed. Thus, the project is expected to improve social and economic well-beings of local residents.
The Government of Japan has assisted 710 various grass-roots projects in Myanmar under the GGP scheme since 1993, the number consisting of 324 education projects, 181 healthcare projects, 136 public welfare and environment projects, 33 infrastructure projects and 36 other projects. It is anticipated that these assistances will further strengthen the existing friendly relations between Myanmar and Japan.