Remarks by U.S. Embassy PEPFAR Coordinator Bethany Baxter During the Small Grants Award Ceremony and Workshop

Remarks by U.S. Embassy PEPFAR Coordinator Bethany Baxter
Small Grants Award Ceremony and Workshop
U.S. Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia
September 12, 2019

 (as prepared for delivery)

Dr. Tina Chisenga, National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council Director General
PEPFAR Small Grants Program Recipients
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

I would like to welcome you to the U.S. Embassy and to the awards ceremony for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief—or PEPFAR—Small Grants Program. We are here today because of the important partnership between the U.S. government, the Government of the Republic of Zambia, and civil society, represented by you and your organizations.

The PEPFAR Small Grants program was created to support the development of small, local partners. We take pride in the U.S. government’s support of grassroots, community based organizations such as yours.  This program focuses on three specific areas: providing opportunities for orphans and vulnerable children to grow and to make positive contributions to Zambia’s future; HIV prevention; and democracy and governance initiatives related to the national HIV response.

This year, through the generosity of the American people, the PEPFAR Small Grants Program will award over K2.5 million, or approximately $200,000, to 13 non-governmental organizations representing eight provinces in Zambia. Your organizations were selected after a rigorous and competitive process. Our grant application reviewers were impressed by your dedication, passion, and resourcefulness. Your organizations successfully recognized unmet needs and offered creative solutions to bring necessary services to your communities.

Examples of just a few of your creative programs include:

  • Helping vulnerable teenaged mothers access education;
  • Improving HIV prevention activities in correctional facilities; and
  • Providing HIV sensitization to key demographics during football league games.

I am honored to launch the 2019 PEPFAR Small Grants program.  I look forward to hearing about your continued success.  Thank you for your partnership towards Zambia’s goal of reaching HIV epidemic control by 2020.