Japan NGO Partnership Grant Cooperation Grant Contract Signing Ceremony with CORE (March 1, 2018)

On March 1, H.E. Mr. Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, signed on a Grant Contract with Community Road Empowerment (CORE), a Japanese NGO with its branch registered in Rwanda, for the project “Sustainable Youth Employment through Road Improvement taking Locally Available Material Based Approach (Phase 1)” under Japan NGO Partnership Grant Cooperation scheme. The Government of Japan granted CORE USD 294,992 for them to implement the project.

This project aims to improve unpaved roads conditions as well as to create jobs for local youth. It employs young people in districts and teaches them “Do-nou” technology which is to be used to repair unpaved roads with locally available materials. Further, the project supports the youth to set up civil engineering companies so that sustainable job creation can be realized. In Phase 1, the project will be implemented in Rulindo, Gakenke, Nyamasheke, and Rusizi districts, benefitting about 6,000 residents in these districts with 160 jobs to be created. The project will further continue for up to 3 years, then implementing in 12 districts in total.
Ambassador Miyashita and Ms. Nakajima, Project Coordinator of CORE, signing on the Grant Contract
Ambassador Miyashita said in his speech, “it is my great pleasure to support the project by CORE. In Rwanda, roads conditions especially during the rainy season are not good, and it hinders daily activities such as business activities and commuting to schools. I look forward to seeing that this project improves the life of the local residents, and contributes to job creation for youth, which is a critical issue in Rwanda. In addition, it is a great method to use locally available materials, as this enables the development cooperation projects to be sustainable.

Ms. Kei Nakajima, Project Coordinator of CORE said, “I’m truly thankful for the support given by the Government of Japan for this project. CORE has rich experiences and track records in many countries in Africa and Asia, and I believe that we can contribute in Rwanda as well to improve the roads conditions and create jobs for youth by rolling out Do-nou Technology. Youth is a major asset for the future of Rwanda, therefore we will particularly focus on technology transfer to youth and support for setting up business.
Ambassador. Miyashita giving his remarks
Ms. Nakajima giving her remarks
Attendants from CORE and the Embassy