Kalingalinga orphans in Japanese windfall


THE Japanese Embassy has donated K1, 000, 000 to Kalingalinga centre for the care of orphans to facilitate the implementation of the construction of a new community school building.

Speaking during the signing of the grant in Lusaka yesterday, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma said the government of Japan was delighted to provide the grant.

Mr. Koinuma said the fund would be used specifically for the construction of a classroom block and the procurement of furniture.

“The Japanese government is pleased to offer a grant amounting to $86,696, or approximately K1, 000,000 to facilitate the implementation of the project for construction of new community school building at Kalingalinga centre in Lusaka,” Mr. Koinuma said.

He said the grant was provided under the grant assistance for grassroots Human Security Projects Programme of the Government of Japan.

Mr. Koinuma disclosed that more than 160 projects had been funded and implemented around Zambia since its inception in 1990.

“The programme was introduced in Zambia in 1990 and its primary objective is to support various development and human security projects at the grassroots level,” he said. And Kalingalinga centre for the care of orphans Managing Director Mama Chibesa Kankasa commended the Japanese government for the gesture.

Mama Kankasa said the fund would enable the orphanage achieve its vision.

“Kalingalinga centre for the care of orphans has about 40 orphans and intends to take up more after the completion of the classrooms, we promise to use the funds as proposed,” she said.