The Japanese government through its Kenyan embassy has granted funds amounting to Kshs. 16 million to West Pokot to aid in infrastructural projects in areas affecting by the devastating 2018 landslides that resulted in loss of lives and property in Pokot South and Central Pokot.
During the handover ceremony of Kaghmuu primary school classrooms funded by the embassy, The Japanese Ambasador to Kenyan H.E. Mr. HORIE Ryoichi said that The Embassy is keen on ensuring students learn in an environment that encourages creativity and provides comfort.
He pointed out that Japan and Kenya enjoy a cordial relationship, resulting in various development projects across the country. He further said that The Embassy has funded more than 300 projects amounting to Sh2.3 billion across the country, noting education is its main focus through provision of scholarships for Kenya youths and also by setting up schools.
“We have been working on large scale infrastructure projects such as constructing roads and bridges but we prioritize improving the lives of ordinary Kenyan people through grassroots assistance,” he explained.
The Japan Embassy to Kenya rebuilt six classrooms at Kaghmuu primary school in Lelan ward, Pokot South Sub County which were destroyed by landslides in 2019 at a cost of Sh7 million and has commenced the construction of modern classrooms at Ortum Boys High School at a cost of Sh9 million.
Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo expressed his deep gratitude to the embassy, saying the support will go a long way in strengthening the county’s agenda towards provision of holistic quality education.
“We are grateful to the People of Japan for the immense support to West Pokot County. We hope that we will continue with our partnerships and improve the livelihoods of our people,” he said.