Nov 28, 2022
Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Hiroyuki Ogawa) (hereafter “Komatsu”) has worked with the Japan Mine Action Service (President: Kimihiko Kishikawa) (hereafter “JMAS”), a certified specific non-profit organization of Japan, engaging in a community reconstruction support project in Cambodia since 2008. To mark the completion of the 10th elementary school, the opening ceremony was held in Banteay Meanchey Province.
【Opening Ceremony of the School】
The ceremony was attended by about 400 people, including Deputy Provincial Governor Banteay Meanchey, students and teachers from the 10th school, local community members, CMAC (Cambodia Mine Action Center), JMAS, and Komatsu members. It also included a monk’s prayer, raising of the national flag, singing of the national anthem, greetings by student representatives, and the presentation of gifts.
In his speech, President Ogawa commented, “Banteay Meanchey Province, in particular, has the most landmine-contaminated areas in the country, and it is heartbreaking to hear that people are still being injured today. Komatsu has been providing assistance since 2008, and to actually see the cheerful smiles of the elementary school students, I feel glad that we have been able to continue our support."
Komatsu has worked since 2008 in support activities for community development from demining to reconstruction in areas affected by anti-personnel landmines. As of September 30, 2022, our efforts have cleared 4,826 ha of anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions, constructed 99 km of roads, built 10 elementary schools (approximately 800 pupils in total), and leveled 64 ha of rice fields. Some graduates of the constructed elementary schools have gone on to university.
Komatsu will continue its efforts to demine landmine-contaminated areas, dispose of unexploded ordnance, and support the local community reconstruction projects.
【Mr. Ogawa with pupils (left) and local children (right) in front of the 10th elementary school】
No : 0067(3187)
Corporate Communications Department
Sustainability Promotion Division
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