Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects: Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Project for the Expansion of Mangoto Primary School

Raising of the Kenyan and Japanese flags by the school’s scouts
H.E. Tatsushi Terada, Ambassador of Japan, signing the visitors book in the makeshift office
Mr Dickson Karaba (Head Teacher) during his speech
Mr Anthony Kariuki (Chairman) during his speech
Title Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Project for the Expansion of Mangoto Primary School
Date 21st  January 2016
Location Mangoto Primary School, Wempa location, Makuyu division, Murang’a County
Project title and Amount Expansion of Mangoto Primary School – USD 84,745 (8 M KES)
  Around 400 participants
Main activity
The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the project for the expansion of Mangoto Primary School which had its Grant Contract signed on 8th of December 2015, was held in Murang’a County and witnessed by among others, H.E. Tastsushi Terada , the Ambasador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya and Hon. Peter Kamande, MP of Maragua Contituency.
The grant of 84,745 USD (around 8 million Kenyan Shilling) will be used for the construction of 8 classrooms, 8 toilets, a water tank and the purchase of furniture. This will improve the educational environment at the primary school which has more than 500 students, ECD pupils included.
The ceremony included tree planting, entertainment by the school students, speeches and laying of the first stone.  
The head teacher and chairman of the school both expressed appreciation to the Government of Japan for this Grant. At the moment the school has only 2 permanent classrooms for more than 500 pupils. The classes are hosted in makeshift classrooms constructed by the parents with sticks and iron sheets. Due to the lack of furniture, many students have to sit on stones and share a table with up to 4 classmates. The head teacher and chairman committed to closely monitor the project in order to ensure its successful and rapid completion.
Hon. Mr Kamande, MP of Maragua Constituency thanked the government of Japan for his precious assistance in Maragua, which has schools that are in particularly poor conditions. As new settlers are coming every day, the area is in dire need of improving and expanding its infrastructures. He expressed his appreciation for donors to complement the action of the county Government. Hon Mr Kamande assured Mangoto Primary School that he would give an additional 2.5 million shilling budget for the construction of 5 classrooms.
Due to the poor road condition, Hon. Sabina Wanjiru Chegue, MP Murang’a County and Chairperson of the Education Committee of the National Assembly, only attended the end of the ceremony but was represented by Mrs Liz Mbugua, who emphasized on the importance of education and encouraged the students to perform well.
While giving his remarks, H.E. Terada congratulated the school for obtaining this highly competitive Grant named Grant Asistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP). He wished the school success and gave assurance of his Embassy’s support during the project implementation. This project should be completed by December 2016.

He reminded the assistance of the strong ties of friendship between Kenya and Japan and illustrated it by introducing the JKUAT Nissin Foods Company, a joint venture between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Nissin Foods Holding Company of Japan. Started as a Corporate Social responsibility activity of a school food program this company is providing healthy, convenient and affordable instant noodles to Kenyans. Unfortunately due to the poor road conditions on the day of the ceremony, the representatives of Nissin Noodles in Kenya were not able to reach the school and prepare Nissin Instant Noodles for everyone to taste. However, they will organise another visit to the school very soon.


The school choir entertaining the guests
2 of the makeshift classrooms
Mr Simon Karanja (chief of the area) during his speech
Mrs Liz Mbugua (representative of Murang’a MP) during her speech
Hon. Mr Peter Kamande, MP of Maragua Constituency, addressing the assistance
Ambassador Terada giving his speech
From left to right : Mr Simon Kamande, Chief of the area, Hon. Sabina Wanjiru Chegue, Murang’a County MP, HE Ambassador Terada, Hon. Peter Kamande, Marangua Constituency MP
HE Ambassador Terada laying the first stone

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Ambassador officially releasing a cheque of USD 84,745 to the school
Hon. Mr Peter Kamande and HE Ambassador Terada  posing with the staff of the school