ADDIS ABABA – Selam Children’s Village has expanded its garment training center in Addis Ababa with the support of Japanese Grant.
The expansion project, carried out with an outlay of over $70, 387 (approx 3.6mln birr), was inaugurated on Monday morning.
The project involves the construction of a block of training facilities containing fully furnished two classrooms and two staff rooms.
The addition of the new facilities to the Village has enabled the center to expand its intake of students by 200 people.
A Japanese company, Yamato Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd, donated 10 sewing machines to the Village as a part of the expansion project.
The training facility can now give more people, especially women and unemployed people, opportunities to get vocational garment training, said the Embassy of Japan in Addis Ababa following the official inauguration.
Ito Takako, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Solomon Chali, who attended the event, delivered a congratulatory message and was welcomed by the Selam community.
The financial support for the expansion project came from the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Tokyo has supported over 400 grassroots development projects across Ethiopia since the introduction of the GGP in 1989, according to its embassy in Addis.