Signing Ceremony of the Grant Contract for the Project for the Provision of Vehicles to Loto Taumafai Society (December 10, 2020)

The Government of Japan continues its firm commitment to promote equality amongst the disabled society in Samoa. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Mr. TERASAWA Genichi, signed a grant contract with Leta’a Maiava Daniel Devoe, the Chief Executive Officer of Loto Taumafai Society, to formalise Japan’s funding assistance for the procurement of two new buses for People with Disabilities. The signing ceremony was hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Apia on 10 December 2020. The organisation received a grant of up to USD 98,632 (approximately WST 252,000) provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP). The society has two buses operating for the transportation of its students from their homes to school and vice versa. These buses are left hand drives which have been operating for more than twelve years, likewise, with its interior and exterior conditions are considered unsafe for continuous operation. This project is said to overcome the anxiety from the students, parents and duty staff when travelling on the buses. Japan’s assistance to this project indicates its commitment not only to discourage discrimination but also to promote equal opportunities and treatment for the people with disabilities in Samoa. The GGP is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include sanitary environment, water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, and rural infrastructure. It is expected that this assistance will help further to strengthen the cordial relations currently enjoyed by the governments and the peoples of Japan and Samoa.