Japan Government signs sh1.6b contract for disaster preparedness
The Government of Japan has signed a contract worth $476,649 (about sh1.6b) with Save the Children Japan for carrying out disaster risk reduction programmes in Kasese district.
The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Hon. Kazuaki Kameda, today signed the contract with Save the Children Japan Representative Mariko Fuwa at a function attended by the Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hon. Eng. Hilary Onek, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Kasese is one of the disaster-prone districts in the country, affected by flash floods that have devastated the communities in recent years, which is why Save the Children Japan, in partnership with Save the Children Uganda, has implemented the ‘Project for Improving Responses to Disaster and Climate Change Adaptation Capacity for Vulnerable People in Kasese District’. The project, which is in its third year of implementation, has in the last two years implemented programmes worth $846,240, also funded by the Japan Government.
In 2015, the project raised the communities’ awareness of the disasters and risks they face. The next year, it introduced climate-sensitive agriculture to the communities to strengthen food security, as well as mobilising them to take action and protect themselves against disasters.
“The project managed to successfully mobilise community members to plan and put into action their disaster risk reduction and preparedness activities, such as constructing drainages, clearing river beds and building gabions/walls along rivers to avoid flooding,” said Kameda.
Among its other interventions was setting up a community radio to alert people about disasters and evacuations when necessary.
Kameda praised the disaster risk reduction project, saying it needs to be replicated in other areas that are prone to disasters and providing emergency tool kits such as tents and first-aid kits.
“The project is a good example of how disasters can be prevented in Uganda, and I hope that other communities can learn from what it has done,” he said, pledging the Japan Government’s commitment to continue working with the Uganda Government.
By Sylvia Nabanoba