Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Handing Over Ceremony of the Project for Construction of a Boys’ Dormitory at Saint Lucy’s High School for the Visually Impaired)

Exterior view of new dormitory
Minister Mori inspects the new toilets with the contractors, suppliers, and Principal
Two of the 64 beds provided by GGP Funds
From Left: Sister Mary Olang’ (Head-teacher), Minister Mori (Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan), Mr. Gitobu Nkanata (Representative of Hon. Kathuri Murungi, Area MP), & Mr. Kariuki Ndimu (Chairman of St Lucy B.O.M)
Minister Mori and Sister Olang’ unveiling plaque to commemorate the occasion
Title        Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of a Dormitory at Saint Lucy High School for the Visually Impaired
Date 22nd July 2016
Location Igoji, Imenti South District, Meru County
Project Title The Project for the Construction of a Dormitory at Saint Lucy High School for the Visually Impaired
Amount US$ 87,361 (Approx. 7.2 Million Kshs)
Total of about 250 participants
Main Activity The Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project for the Construction of a Dormitory at St Lucy’s High School for the Visually Impaired” was held in Igoji, Imenti South District and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
The project received a grant amount of USD 87,361 (approx. Kshs 7.2Million) for the construction of a dormitory and the purchase of beds for 128 students. Before the completion of the dormitory, the boys were forced to stay in cramped housing that they shared with primary school students at Saint Lucy’s Primary School. Now, the students have a comfortable dormitory, complete with attached toilets and shower stalls, located a safe distance from their school. 
During the handing over ceremony the student choir serenaded the audience with beautiful renditions of two songs, the student president shared his thanks to the people of Japan, while another student shared a powerful poem on the need for continued support to the school.
In his remarks Minister/ Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Mikio Mori congratulated St. Lucy High School for the successful completion of the project and shared his wish that with continued support from the community the students will overcome all the challenges they face in life.
In his speech, Mr. Mori briefly highlighted the various education projects that the Government of Japan has sponsored in Kenya. In addition to the construction of schools and dormitories across Kenya, the Government of Japan is an active partner in the development of human capital in the education sector. The fifteen year SMASE project, between 1998 and 2013, focused on improving the quality of math and science education in the country. While SMASE focused on enhancing education delivery within the county, the African Business Education Initiative, or ABE Initiative for short, brings Kenyans to Japanese universities to develop their skills abroad. This ongoing project has already benefitted over 100 Kenyan students, who have brought back the skills they learned in Japan in order to contribute to the development of industries in Africa.
Mr. Mori also introduced Ms. Shiyo Kamibayashi, a Japanese Over-seas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) based in Chuka as an advisor to local small-holder farmers. In closing his remarks, he informed the people that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the first TICAD ever held in Africa and out of Japan, would be in Kenya next month. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, will be among the highest level officials to grace the occasion.


Minister Mori planting a tree to commemorate the occasion
Sister Olang’ (principal) planting a tree to commemorate the occasion
Father Regilio Kirimi, Representative of the Bishop, planting a tree to commemorate the occasion
Minister Mori sharing words of encouragement to the students of Saint Lucy’s High School
Students and community members enjoying the Minister’s speech portion in Ki-meru language
Sister Olang’ (Principal) answering press questions on the importance of the GGP Project

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Minister Mori handing over the keys to the new boys’ dormitory to Mr. Kariuki (Chairman of St. Lucy B.O.M.)
Minister Mori, Principal Sister Olang’, and community members inspect the new dormitory.