On March 14, the Signing Ceremony for the 2 projects within the framework of the “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects” was held at the Official Residence of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Georgia:
Signing Ceremony for the 2 projects financed by the Government of Japan within the framework of “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects”
Thursday, March 15
1. The Project for Provision of a Second-hand Fire Engine for Tbilisi City;
2. The Project for Construction of Kindergarten at Mokhe Village in Adigeni Municipality.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Georgia HE Tadaharu Uehara, representatives of Georgian authorities, international and Georgian organizations related to the project.
The grant contracts of the above-mentioned projects were concluded between the Embassy of Japan in Georgia and two organizations: LEPL Emergency Management Agency – EMA (under Prime Minister’s Office – Emergency Management Service of Georgia) and World Vision Georgia.
Under the first project, the second-hand fire engine will be provided to Emergency Management Agency for the rescue missions in Tbilisi area. There are multiple thousand fire incidents every year in Tbilisi, approximately one-tenth of them happen in multi-storey buildings, where people live. The fire engine will be designated for Isani-Samgori area, but can be transported fast to the rest of the territory of Tbilisi, in emergency situations (and could potentially cover 27’580 hectares of territory and save thousands of lives). The funding of the Embassy of Japan for this project is 99’733 USD.
Under the second project, granted to the World Vision Georgia, a kindergarten will be constructed in Mokhe village, enabling most vulnerable children of 8 surrounding villages to access the kindergarten services. Settled in upper Adigeni municipality, religious minorities – Georgian Muslims (over 340 households) never had access to kindergarten services since their settlement in 1944 (in over half a century). As a result, the basic and development needs of children were not met and these communities had cases of child mortality and health damage. The project is targeted towards creation of first such kindergarten in the past decades. The funding of the Embassy of Japan for this project is 66’395 USD.
The “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects” (GGP) provides assistance to relatively small projects and aims at improvement of standard of living of Georgian people and promotion of education and culture. It applies to projects in the field of public health, education, social protection, agriculture, environment, poverty reduction and culture. Since 1998, 163 GGP projects have been financed in Georgia by the Government of Japan, totaling 16’642’524 USD.