Loto Taumafai Society and school for children with disabilities has been blessed by the Government of Japan, with a gift of two brand new school buses.
A handover ceremony was held yesterday (25 January) and attended by His Excellency Mr. Terasawa Genichi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan as well as the Samoa Minister for Education Hon Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.
The project was largely funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) up to USD 98,632 – approximately SAT $246,000 high was provided to the Society following the signing of the grant contract last December.
His Excellency Me Terasawa Genichi congratulated the completion of the project during the handover ceremony to Board and Management of the Society, staff, students and parents.
The Society has now finally been able to replace their two 12 year old left-hand buses with spectacular brand ones.
The Government of Japan though its GGP is very pleased to assist the efforts of the society to upgrade door-to-door transport services, so that students feel safe while they commute from their homes to school and vice versa. Likewise, to help overcome the anxiety that some parents, duty staff and students faced when travelling on the buses due to unsafe conditions.
Whilst promoting equal opportunities and treatment for people with physical disabilities, Japan hopes that the assistance will immensely contribute to wellbeing of students in Loto Taumafai Society.
The GGP aims to support small-scale projects directly benefitting the grass-roots level as well as contributing to the socio-economic developments of Samoa.