Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2013/2014: Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of St. Joseph House of Hope
||Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of St. Joseph House of Hope
||9th April 2015
||Kilifi County, Kikambala District, Majingo Location
||The Project for the Expansion of St. Joseph House of Hope
||US$ 121,900 (approx. Kshs 10.1 Million)
- H.E. Tatsushi Terada – The Ambassador of Japan to Kenya
- Ms. Selina Meitha – Assistant County Commissioner
- Mr. Patrick Nyota – Manager of MCA office, Representative of Mr.Mwingo - Member of Kilifi County Assembly
- Officials of Local Government
- Board members of St. Joseph House of Hope
- The management, teachers and students of St. Joseph House of Hope
- The community members
Total of about 650 participants
||The Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project for the Expansion of St. Joseph House of Hope” whose Grant Contract was signed on 19th of February 2014, was held on 9th April 2015 at the St. Joseph House of Hope in Kikambala, Kilifi County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. The grant was used for the construction of 16 classrooms and purchase of furniture for the students.
The first St. Joseph House of Hope was established in 1996 and has improved the level of education in the community for many years. This first school, currently named Habarini Public Primary School grew rapidly and has become one of the best primary schools in Kilifi County. In spite of good academic performance, students who had graduated from the school were faced with challenges in advancing to higher education due to financial difficulties.
For this reason a second St. Joseph House of Hope was established in 2010 to provide higher and primary education as well as vocational trainings with affordable tuition, for the underprivileged families.
The ceremony included Kwakandzengo traditional dance, poems performed by pupils and students of St. Joseph House of Hope, performance by the community members and speeches from local officials who expressed their gratitude towards the generous assistance from the Government and people of Japan.
During the handing over ceremony, the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada congratulated St. Joseph House of Hope for the successful completion of the project and for achieving their dreams.
Ambassador Terada shared with the students and people at the occasion on how the country of Japan has achieved its current level of growth in economy, peace and prosperity that has made Japan able to now assist not only the Asia-Pacific region but also the entire world, especially the African region.
He also described the strong cooperation between Japan and Kenya by mentioning past projects that Japan has funded including the construction of Moi International Airport and the bridges from Mombasa to Malindi and Mombasa port project as well as other future projects.
He encouraged the students to reach for their dreams with the dedication to achieving them and to aspire to be future leaders, technicians and entrepreneurs of this beautiful country Kenya and the world as a whole.
The Ambassador also mentioned that there is a possibility that the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) would be held in Kenya next year (2016).