Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid to Samawah, Iraq
December 1, 2005
- The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grassroots human security grant aid totaling about 531,000 dollars (about 57 million yen) to the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, in the southern part of Iraq, in order to contribute to the improvement of the basic infrastructure (road and sidewalk, lighting and drainage system) on Samawah Girls' School Street, in the central part of Samawah city, as a part of the "Samawah Promenade Project".
(1) The Project for Rehabilitation of Street and Sidewalk on Samawah Girls' School Street
(up to 337,604 dollars)
(2) The Project for Upgrading Street Lighting Equipment on Samawah Girls' School Street
(up to 103,231 dollars)
(3) The Project for Upgrading Drainage System on Samawah Girls' School Street
(up to 90,390 dollars)
- The people of Samawah attaches particular importance to its city center of Samawah where many citizens interact, situated alongside the Euphrates River. Its basic infrastructure, indispensable for daily life, however, is in extremely poor condition due to such factors as the oppression under former regime against its Shiites population, and the economic sanctions after the Gulf War. Samawah Girls' School Street is particularly under severe condition as flooding and poor lighting are badly affecting people's life.
- It is expected that by the implementation of this Project, the main street in the central part of the city will be improved, contributing to securing passage ways for emergency vehicles, as well as to stabilizing people's livelihood and better public order for the 250,000 residents of Samawah. This includes high school students who use this street for their commute.
- As a part of this "Samawah Promenade Project", Japan has already extended grassroots human security grant aid in July so as to rehabilitate basic infrastructure on Al-Kornish Street.
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