Ambassador Otsuka inaugurated
the Armenian Catholic Sisters’ School in Anjar
The Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Seiichi Otsuka, inaugurated on Tuesday 22 October, 2013, the Armenian Catholic Sisters’ School in Anjar after its renovation, a project that was financed by the Government of Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The US$108,363-project was implemented in accordance with a contract signed by the Embassy of Japan and the Armenian Catholic Sisters’ School on 14 January, 2013. It restored the building of the school and provided the necessary equipment for the classrooms.
Located in Bekaa Valley, the Armenian Catholic Sisters’ School was established in 1940 to help Armenian refugees and the poor get educated. Currently, it serves over 150 students. In addition, with the rising number of Syrian refugees in Bekaa, the school has accepted more than thirty Syrian students and provides them with free education. The Embassy of Japan in Lebanon has decided to extend its assistance not only to the host community in the area but also to Syrian refugees.
In consideration of the growing number of students and precarious situation of the School, the Government of Japan decided to fund renovation of the School, including painting, electrical and construction works, in addition to a set of necessary equipment for classes, such as cabinets, desks and chairs for the students and teachers.
Principal of the School, Sister Theopiste says: “We are truly grateful that the people of Japan have brought a great contribution to our school, I am very impressed by the continuous humanitarian assistance provided by the Japanese Government to all the communities in Lebanon”.
Japan’s GGP has so far extended more than US$ 11.8 Million in Lebanon since 1996 to finance development projects implemented by NGOs, municipalities, schools and medical institutions.