“For the well-being of the current and future generations” Japan’s GGP handover of Pelehake’s Upgraded Water Supply

The Embassy of Japan and the people of Pelehake celebrated the completion of their upgraded water supply system funded by Japan’s Grant Assistant for Grass-Roots Human Security Project on Tuesday, 3 December 2019. His Excellency Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga handed over the project during the handover ceremony attended by His Serene Highness Prince Tu’ipelehake.

Present also at the ceremony were Hon. Penisimani Fifita, People’s Representative for Tongatpau #9, Representative from the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Samiu ‘Aho, Town Officer of Pelehake and the people of Pelehake.

H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Ishii was delighted to handover the upgraded water supply system so that households in Pelehake will have access to clean and stable water, every day. “I trust that the people and the water committee of Pelehake village will take good care of the new water system for many years, not only as a vital part of your own daily lives but also as a necessity for protecting the well-being of the future generations in your community,” he said.

Prince Tu’ipelehake thanked the Ambassador on behalf of his people and emphasized the significance of Japan’s assistance in the development of Pelehake village.

Pelehake’s village water committee sought for Japan’s GGP assistance after damage made by Cyclone Gita in 2018 to the pump house, in addition to the inadequate distribution of water supply due to deteriorating piping system. The facilities installed under this project include new electric water pump system, new water tank, new tank stand, replacement and installation of water pipes, and a pump house with fence to secure the system.

The Government of Japan’s GGP scheme was introduced in 1990, and over 280 projects have been handed over in the Kingdom of Tonga.

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