Japan Supports Victims of Human Trafficking

ADDIS ABABA – A new boarding training center for victims of human trafficking and returnees from overseas has been inaugurated on Monday.

Located in Dukem Town of Oromia region, the construction cost of the center and its training equipment, estimated to be more than 103, 000 US dollars, was covered by the government of Japan.

The center has already started to provide vocational training for more than 100 women, said the Embassy of Japan.

The training will enable them to work as hairdressers and cooks while getting full accommodation in the newly built center, it added.

Ito Takako, Ambassador Japan to Ethiopia, and Teshome Girma, Mayor of Dukem Town, attended the inauguration ceremony of the Boarding Training Center on Monday.

“I strongly believe this project will help empowerment of those women to improve their livelihoods both economically and physically, thus repairing their human dignity and their hope for the future,” said Ambassador Ito, during the inaugurating ceremony.

The project, financed by  Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects (GGP), includes three buildings, a dormitory building, a kitchen, workshop building, among others.

The GGP was first introduced in 1989, and in Ethiopia. Since then, over 400 projects have been implemented through this scheme in various sectors ranging from education to health services.