Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre)
||Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre
||31st May 2016
||Kapseret Division, Eldoret District, Uasin Gishu County
||The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre
||US$119,490 (approx. 11.8 Million Kshs)
- Mr. Mikio Mori - Charge d’ Affaires of Japanese Embassy in the Republic of Kenya
- H.E. Mrs. Rael Ruto
- H.E. Mr. Daniel Chemno - Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County
- Mrs. Rebecca Kogo - Area Chief
- Officials from national and local government
- The management and Staff of Joyful Women Organization
- Members of women groups
Total of about 500 participants
The Ground Breaking Ceremony of “the Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre” was held on 31st of May, 2016 at Kapseret Division, Eldoret District, Uasin Gishu County. In attendance were Mr. Mikio Mori, Charge d’ Affaires of Japanese Embassy in the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Mrs. Rael Ruto and H.E. Mr. Daniel Chemno, Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County.
The project was awarded a grant of 119,490 US Dollars (Approximately 11.8 Million Kshs) for the construction, furnishing and equipping of Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre which included a child care section. The project is expected to empower 5,000 women in the community by improving learning environment for women to gain knowledge and skills in agriculture and business.
The ceremony started with dance performed by members of a women group. This was followed by speeches from officials. H.E. Mr. Daniel Chemno, Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County appreciated the support from the Japanese Government for the county. He mentioned that the county was very supportive of any projects geared towards changing the place of women in the society.
H.E. Mrs. Rael Ruto expressed appreciation for support from Government and People of Japan. ‘JOYWO started with only 60 women who sat under a tree in a village in Uashin Gishu County in 2009, and it has been expanded to 43 counties with 220,000 members of women groups. Women in groups have greatly changed their lives through the empowerment activities’ said H.E. Mrs Ruto, who also anticipated the successful completion of the Centre.
In his speech, Mr. Mori congratulated JOYWO for having qualified to obtain the highly competitive grant. He mentioned that Japan emphasized on cooperation in Women’s empowerment as one of the pillars of ODA. He introduced a project for Women’s empowerment supported by JICA in Kenya and also mentioned a fertilizer plant which is being constructed by Toyota-Tsusho in Eldoret to improve productivity of smallholder farmers, majority of whom are women.
Mr. Mori cited the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) to be held in Kenya in August and said it would be the first TICAD ever held in Africa, and would therefore have historical significance in strengthening of ties between Japan and Africa.