On March 21, 2013, RACHA's Executive Director, Chan Theary, and the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, His Excellency Kumamaru Yuji, approved a grant contract for 100,745 USD. The grant, part of the Japanese Embassy's KUSANONE (Japan's Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots and Human Security Projects) Project, is funding RACHA in the installation of a Water Filtration System in Thmor Pouk District, Banteay Mean Chey Province to provide access to safe drinking water. Through KUSANONE, the Japanese people are able to provide support for the improvement of health in Cambodia. The Government of Japan recognizes that "there is an increasing need for cooperation by the entire international community to realize a peaceful and affluent society...To this end, assistance should be given not only through governments of developing countries and international institutions, but also through cooperation with a wide range of community-based organizations that are working at the grass-roots level".
Chan Theary thanked the Japanese Ambassador and people at the signing ceremony, stating that "This project demonstrates the joint efforts of the Government of Japan and the Royal Government of Cambodia to improve access to safe water among vulnerable people, especially children and women, in rural areas of Cambodia, where poor sanitation, lack of access to clean water, and high burden of disease are chronic health problems besetting most of the poor communities". RACHA will augment the installation with educational programs about hygiene and sanitation, ensuring that the residents of Thmor Pouk receive the full benefit of safe water.
The friendship between Japan and Cambodia is further strengthened by generous gifts such as these; RACHA is extremely grateful to the Government and People of Japan, and excited about the opportunity to begin the project.