Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects: Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of Lulu Friends Primary School
||Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of Lulu Friends Primary School
||28th April 2015
||Kiminini, Trans Nzoia West Sub-County, Trans Nzoia County
||The Project for the Expansion of Lulu Friends Primary School
||US$90,836 (Approx. Kshs 8.2 million)
- H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada - Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- H.E. Dr. Stanley Tarus – Deputy Governor of Trans Nzoia County
- Mr. Gordon Masibo (Representative of Hon. Dr. Chris Wamalwa, Member of Parliament)
- Mr. Moses Gicheru- Administration Deputy County Commissioner
- Mr. Joseph Wamocho - County Director of Education in Trans Nzoia County
- Lugalia’s Family – Donated land for Lulu Primary School when established
- Officials from Local Government
- The management and staff of Lulu Friends Primary School
- The community members of Kiminini
Total of about 100 participants
||The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the “Project for the Expansion of Lulu Primary School” was held in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia West Sub-County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
The grant contract for this project availed funds to be used in building 7 classrooms, 2 toilet blocks, and desks and chairs to improve the pupils’ learning environment.
Lulu Friends Primary School was established in 2006 on a plot donated by the owner of the Lulu Farm to provide easy access to education to farm worker’s children. In 2009, the school was closed temporarily due to a restriction from the Ministry of Health. The facilities were declared unsafe for schooling due to the lack of classrooms. Since then, classrooms were constructed, though the number of pupils has been increasing every year and currently the number of pupils has risen up to more than 450. This project, therefore aims to improve the learning environment for the pupils.
On the day of the ceremony, H.E. Terada, Ambassador of Japan, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Khaemba, Governor of Trans Nzoia and they discussed about Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the resources of Trans Nzoia County.
After arriving at the site, the organization’s hosts took the main guests on a brief tour to explain about their project. At the ceremony, Ambassador Terada in his speech explained Japan’s past experience. He encouraged the community members by saying, “After Japan lost in World War II, we had no food, no money, no railways and no natural resources. However we have succeeded to rebuild our country through EDUCATION”. The Ambassador also introduced the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference for African Development) Conference, a forum that will be held in Africa next year. He mentioned that Kenya is one of the candidates likely to host the conference and that he hopes the cooperation between Japan and Kenya will expand further more.
H.E. Dr. Tarus, Deputy Governor of Trans Nzoia, thanked Japan for the support for Lulu Friends Primary School. In his speech, said that the county is eager to cooperate further with Japan to learn Japan’s agricultural technologies since agriculture is the main occupation in Trans Nzoia.