Japan donates over $90,000 for water project

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Japanese government through the Embassy in Juba donated 90,785 US dollars to Agency for Humanitarian Aid (AHA)-a local organization to implement sustainable access to clean and safe water project.

The project dubbed “Sustainable accessibility to safe water and enhanced wash practices” would be carried out in Twic South of Jonglei State.

The grant was part of Japan’s Grassroots Grants for Human Security projects.

Speaking during the signing ceremony yesterday at the Japanese embassy, Ambassador Seiji Okada said his government was committed to support South Sudanese to meet their needs in all possible ways.

He said supporting peace and stability was the most essential thing to be rendered to the people of South Sudan.

“The grassroots project is very imperative because we have a direct contact with the people here. So I can say that the people who are going to benefit from this project would be an important thing to the community,” Okada said.

 “We believe that local community access to clean water is very critical thing. In Japan, we do have a say that “those who can control the water are the people who can govern the country. So water is essential to the people,” Okada said.

“One of the best aspects of this project is that you are trying to achieve the cohesion with the people to this water project. This is very important for people to have water,” he said.

He encouraged the group to implement the water project in time in order to assist project related beneficiaries.

“Now you have funds, I hope you will be able to complete this project as soon as possible so that all the people will be able to benefit from this project,” Okada cited.

Martha Yar Anyang, Executive Director of Agency for Humanitarian Aid (AHA) applauded the Japanese government for the grant as the gear to cushion civil lives at the grassroots levels.

“I must say that it has marked the happiness of the people back home because of the various challenges related to water shortage,” she said.

Ms. Anyang noted that the grassroots population was suffering given the natural calamities like droughts and inaccessible roads.  

Deng Alier Mading, the former Jonglei Minister of Youth and Sport urged the group to ensure maximum sustainability of the project.

 “You need to look for elements of sustainability. You need to look on how to maintain this relation with the embassy of Japan,”

Mading said that ensuring maximum maintenance of the task was to implement the project properly while ensuring accurate accountability.

“You must give a proper report that will be more accountable. A report that can be linked to the user because when you bring a report which is not understandable, it is raises a lot of doubts. So for you to be able to sustain this relation defends on how you will be able to implement this project,” he narrated,

Daniel Biar Aroch, the Chief of the area in Twic South revealed that the civil population was eager to see the water project being implemented.

He appreciated the Japanese people for the grant assistance to the locals.

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