Through its commitment to bettering the lives of South Africa’s underprivileged communities, the Embassy of Japan in South Africa handed over two complete projects in the Eastern Cape.
The Embassy of Japan in South Africa held a handover ceremony to showcase the newly built classrooms and overall renovations of the Skobeni Senior Primary School, in the small town of Qumbu.
“When we found out that the Skobeni children, parents, and teachers were experiencing distress due to not having a properly functioning school in the area, we wanted to help. Since the school’s inception in 1983, aside from a mud building with the local women from the community built in 1992, no other buildings had been done, definitely not a situation that any school should find themselves in,” Japanese Embassy spokesperson, Taro Sawada says.
The construction of the Skobeni Senior Primary School project was initiated back in 2016 after the grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) approved the school’s application. Costing approximately R1,3 million, the project included the building of four new classrooms, four toilets and the erection of two water tanks.
“The refurbishments and new classrooms have dealt with the leaking issues the school faced. Now, the children no longer have to study in wet classrooms or be kept at home on rainy days. Parents also no longer have to send their children to schools further away from their homes due to the poor infrastructure the school faced before,” Sawada continues.
The second handover of a Drop-In Centre that cares for children and the elderly took place on Friday the 5th of April, at the Mangunzela Thandanani Home-based Care, in Dengwane Village in Matatiele.
“When the Embassy came to learn that Mangunzela Thandanani Centre provides services to children, the youth, elderly people, and the families of people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, we were eager to assist them however way we could, as these are often the most vulnerable people in society,” says Sawada.
Construction at the Mangunzela Home-based Care Centre, which services over 1700 people, started in 2016. Costing over R1 million, the project included the building of 10 rooms and six toilets within the Drop-In Centre. Equipment was also donated to assist the elderly and sick located at the daycare centre.
Both the Skobeni Senior Primary School and Mangunzela Drop-In Centre projects were made possible through the Japanese Embassy’s funding scheme, the GGP.
Author: Sizo Kaise
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