KAMPALA, Dec 10 – The Japanese Embassy in Uganda has signed two agreements to provide grants worth 470 million shillings (about 170,300 US dollars) to improve access to water and health services in Butambala and Maracha districts.

One of the projects worth 91,037 USD involves construction of nine boreholes and three water tanks in Butambala district which has a high unmet need for clean water. The facilities will be established in three sub-counties of Bulo, Budde and Kalamba sub-counties where authorities say more than 43,000 residents lack access to safe and clean water.

The grant for setting up the water facilities was awarded to Voiceless Orphan Taskforce Uganda, a local community organization which will also teach hand washing in schools.

Another grant worth 99,538 USD was given to St Joseph’s Hospital in Maracha district for the installation of a solar photo-voltaic (PV) electricity system and renovation of the hospital’s’ faulty water pump system.

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Junzo Fujita said at a grant signing ceremony held at the Japanese Embassy here Monday that the grants were part of a programme to fund local development projects.

The Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects programme has funded 190 projects in Uganda in education, health, water and other areas since its inception in 1992.


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