Vientiane, 19 November 2021 (TDI): The Japanese government has provided grant assistance to Laos. The grant amounts to roughly US$240,000 and is for four development projects in rural areas.

The projects include two health projects in the Xayaboury and Xieng Khuang. Funding for an education project in Huaphan province and an agricultural project in Savannakhet province. Earlier Russia also donated fortified cooking oil to Laos under the World Food Program’s food basket campaign.

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security

Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) is providing the donation. Japanese Ambassador to Laos, Keizo Takewaka signed the funding project with officials from the provinces of Laos.

Health Projects

The health project is for a village where safe water is not easily available. It is because of the aging water supply facilities. In another village, access to safe water is extremely difficult because of damage caused by fire and aging water supply equipment. The grant from Japan will work to create a water supply system for easy access to safe water for the native villagers.

Agricultural Project

The construction of an irrigation system in a village to provide sufficient water for crops is also one of the projects. The rice crop of the wet season is low-yielding and very unstable because of frequent and widespread flooding.

Education Project

The education project is related to the construction of new buildings along with simplified water supply facilities for a school in Huaphan province.

Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects contributes funding for relatively small-scale schemes that directly help local inhabitants.  The grants are made for social and economic betterment in developing countries. Japan will continue to improve and support the primary standard of living at the grassroots level in Laos. Japan is practicing the policy of “no-one is left behind”.

Previously, the government of Japan provided grant assistance of approximately US$118,000 for vocational training, mine risk education, and income generation for indigent people in Laos.