Japan Provides US$ 2,235,364 for Promoting Community Development through Mine and Cluster Munition Clearance, and for Capacity Building of Youth

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Phnom Penh: The Government of Japan has agreed to provide USD 2,235,364 in total for two recipient organizations under the framework, The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects. The Grant Contract was signed today between H.E. Mr. MIKAMI Masahiro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and the representatives of the two recipients respectively, to carry out the following projects:

1. Reconstruction Support with Demining in Banteay Meanchey: RSDB (Year 1) – (USD873,827)
Recipient: Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS)

In this project, JMAS will transfer the efficient and safe clearance mines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) method to Cambodia Mine Action Center (CMAC) aiming to enhance its capacity and accelerate its effort in making the nation land safe. The organization will also provide agricultural training for paddy cultivation for farmers on the site of cleared land as experimental fields, and assist Agricultural Cooperatives (AC) formulation to develop new markets.

2. Reconstruction Support with Cluster munitions disposal in Stung Treng: RSCS (Year 1) – (USD889,424)
Recipient: Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS)

In this project, JMAS will transfer the efficient and safe cluster munition clearance method to CMAC using Deming machines, de-cluster machines, and drones in contaminated areas where mines and cluster munitions mixedly remain. The organization will also provide agricultural training for growing various types of agricultural crops during both dry and rainy seasons for farmers on the site of cleared land as experimental farms, cooperating with Stung Treng Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

3. Capacity building of Youth in Pailin, Cambodia: Reinforcement of Community Learning Center (CLC) (Year 2) – (US$472,113)
Recipient: Kokkyo Naki Kodomotachi (KnK)

In this project, KnK will continue to support youth, especially those who suffer from​​ unstable jobs, lack of living skills, and dropping out of school. For the second year of this 3-year project, 4 newly added CLCs will be aimed to enhance its conditions and promotion of participation in CLCs. Through providing enhanced vocational training contents and conditions of CLCs to the youth, they will gain education or skills for creating a foundation of a better life in their future.

The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects started in Cambodia in 2002 to support activities by Japanese NGOs to help Cambodia’s reconstruction and development efforts at the grassroots level. Since 2002, the Government of Japan has provided over US$44 million for 136 projects, mainly in the field of primary education, health, agriculture, and mine clearance in Cambodia.

Source: Embassy of Japan in Cambodia