JAPAN last week handed over a major water supply project to villagers in north Malaita.
Kolofe and Kwaibala community are the recipients of the project, built at a cost of more than half a million dollar.
The project include a 3,000 gallons cement water tank, 18 standpipes, and one public toilet facility.
Funding came under the Japanese Embassy’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects.
Coordinator for the scheme, Koji Yamaguchi, traveled to north Malaita to hand over the water supply to the community.
Yamaguchi said the project was signed in February this year between Embassy of Japan and Kolofe Kwaibala Water Supply and Sanitation Committee.
“I am pleased that this project has been completed without any delay as we hoped,” he said.
“I am proud of you that this project took only seven month to its completion because of the tireless and concerted efforts of every member of your community,” Yamaguchi added.
He urged the community to take good care of the facility.
“I would like to emphasize that you have started to assume huge responsibility to take good care of these funded items from now.
“I hope that these items will be maintained well by community so this project will benefit many generations of people in your community and be remembered as a symbol of the friendship between the two peoples of Japan and Solomon Islands for many years to come.”
Yamaguchi said under Japan’s Grassroots and Human Security Projects Scheme, water supply project is one of the priority areas to address the very basic human needs of the people in Solomon Islands.”