Embassy of Japan extends Grassroots funding for projects in SA
On 26 and 27 January 2016, the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), Westville Campus as well as Orbis Africa in Grey’s Hospital hosted handover ceremonies for funding provided by the Embassy of Japan through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme (GGP). These ceremonies were attended by Mr Isamu Yamaguchi counsellor of the Embassy, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, Vice Chancellor and Principal of UKZN, Dr Siphiwe Mndaweni, Deputy Director General: District Health System, Dr. Ben Bilenge, Chief Executive Officer of Grey’s Hospital and other high level officials from the Department of Health in KwaZulu Natal and Orbis Africa.
University of KwaZulu Natal Foundation Trust is a non-profit and registered charitable organisation that focuses on the developmental needs of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN).The trust prioritises in institutional development projects with the aim to advance human environmental and global well-being. The Government of Japan decided to support the Trust through grant assistance amounting to the value of R698,000.00 for the procurement of a mobile science laboratory.
Orbis Africa is an organisation whose objectives are to strengthen child eye health services in South Africa. To achieve this objective, Orbis partners with hospitals in South Africa with the aim of providing equipment. Through an application that was made by Orbis, the Embassy of Japan in South Africa was able to donate Specialised Eye Equipment amounting to the value of R1,000,000 to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal Province.
Education, health and economic empowerment are some of the priority areas for the Government of Japan in its extension of Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security GGP Programme to South Africa. The GGP Programme intends to assist NGOs and local authorities in addressing development needs in a prompt and comprehensive manner in areas such as education, health, water supply, climate change and other local needs. The GGP scheme was first introduced in 1989, and prioritizes human security for vulnerable and marginalised people within society. Since 1990, the Embassy of Japan in South Africa has supported local authorities and NGOs in South Africa with over 580 projects. In the Japanese Fiscal Year 2015, the Embassy of Japan extended GGP assistance to 14 projects spending over thirteen million Rand (R13,000,000.00).
Embassy of Japan in Pretoria, South Africa