Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2014/2015: Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area”
||Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area”
||3rd February 2016
||Misuuni, Kathiani, Machakos County
||The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area
||US$ 80,569 (approx. Kshs 7.3 Million)
- H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada - The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- H.E. Dr. Alfred Mutua - Governor of Machakos County
- Mr. Godfrey Omonding - Sub County Commissioner
- Hon. Mr. Mutuku Munyao – Member of County Assembly, Kathiani
- Officials from Local Government
- Mr. Patrick Mailang’a -Patron of Misuuni Community Projects
- The management and staff of Misuuni Development Self Help Group
- The community members, pupils and students of Misuuni
Total of about 800 participants
|| The Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area” was held on 3rd February, 2016 at Misuuni Village in Kathiani, Machakos County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. The Grant Contract for this project was signed on 26th January 2015.
A grant amount of USD 80,569 (approx. Kshs 7.3 Million) which was extended to the project was used for the establishment of 4 greenhouses which included construction of water towers, an office and 2 toilets, installation of a solar power panel, a generator for the youth and community empowerment in the Misuuni area.
Before the ceremony, the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada paid a courtesy call on the Governor of Machakos County, H.E. Dr. Alfred Mutua who also attended the Handing Over Ceremony.
Ambassador Terada, Governor Mutua and all the officials who attended the occasion visited the green house site for tomatoes and other vegetables. The ceremony included dance performed by the pupils and community members and speeches from local officials who expressed their gratitude towards the generous assistance from Japan.
In his speech at the function, Governor Mutua thanked the Government and people of Japan for the generous support to his county. He expressed his county’s wish to have further partnership with Japan in various areas of cooperation for the development of the county, inclusive of the investments by Japanese private companies. He thanked Misuuni Development Self Help Group for their initiative and effort for the development of the community. He also compared Japan’s development policies to his county’s policy “Maendeleo Chap Chap”, which means “Quick Development” and encouraged the people to practice this idea in their daily life.
In his remarks, Ambassador Terada introduced a former JICA Volunteer Ms. Ayumi Yamamoto who runs a dry fruits business, Kenya Fruits Solutions Ltd. in Machakos County.
Ambassador Terada mentioned the strong ties of friendship between Japan and Kenya stating that Kenya was the largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in the Sub-Saharan Africa. He pointed out that agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Kenya which accounts for over sixty percent (60%) of the entire employment and over twenty percent (20%) of the entire country’s GDP and stating that promotion of agriculture is “the key” for the development of the rural areas, as well as for the generation of employment.
The Ambassador informed the gathering 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 later in the year. Not only would this TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen ties between Japan and Africa.