Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2011/2012: Handing Over of the Suswa Dispensary

Final Group Photo
Mr. Mori cutting the Ribbon
Blood pressure test
Medicine available
Patient consultation
Title Handing Over of the Suswa Dispensary
Date 5th November 2013
Location Suswa, Narok district, Narok County, Rift Valley Province
Project title The Project for the Construction of Suswa Dispensary
Amount US$ 87,867 (Approx. KES 7,4 million)
In total there were about 70 participants.
Main activity The Handing Over Ceremony of the Project for the Construction of Suswa Dispensary, whose Grant Contract was signed in March 2012, was held in Suswa with the presence of the Deputy Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Mikio Mori.

The grant provided a dispensary including staff housing, sanitation facilities, medical equipment and solar panel. This dispensary will provide basic health care to the Suswa community, the nearest hospital being 30km away.

All day long, attendants to the ceremony could freely benefit from blood sugar, HIV and blood pressure tests.

After his arrival at the site, Mr. Mori toured the facilities and met the staff.

The ceremony began with a prayer, followed by the planting of 5 trees, then a traditional masai song and the cutting of the ribbon by Mr. Mori.

It was followed by speeches in English translated in Maa (masai language) from, notably, the County Executive Committee Member of Public Service Management, Hon. George Meshuko, the County Executive Committee Member of Health, Hon. John Marindany, the County Director of Health, Mr.. Wilson Gachare and BARAA director, Mr. Abednego Kassimu.

They all expressed their gratitude to the Japan Government and raised their concern about the follow up of the project (staff allocation, medicine supply for example). They also expressed the need for a maternity wing.

The Pamoja crew performed two plays as an entertainment. One play was about HIV and the second about pregnancy and the need for close health facilities.

Then Mr. Mori expressed his enthusiasm to being part of this event, starting his speech in Kiswahili in front of an animated audience. He congratulated the BARAA organization for the successful completion, thanked the local authority and appreciated dedication and hard work of all the stakeholders which made this project a success.

The Grants for Grass Roots Project Scheme (GGP) started in 1990 and has been providing funds for medical institutions, schools, water scheme and many other projects in Kenya and other developing countries. This year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic mutual ties between Kenya and Japan and Mr. Mori ensured that the government of Japan would keep on working to raise the quality of Kenyan people lives by assisting in areas which meet basic human needs.

After the speeches, the ambassador handed over the keys together with BARAA representative to the CBO Chairman.


County Director of Health, Mr.. Wilson Gachare
BARAA Diretor, Mr. Abednego Kassimu
County Executive Committee Member of Public Service Management, Hon. George Meshuko.
County Executive Committee Member of Health
Actor playing HIV positive young men
Actress playing pregnant woman

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Mr. Mori planting a tree
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