Lusaka — The U.S. government today awarded $50,000 to five Zambian community-based organizations through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help small grant program. The grants will expand economic opportunities and improve the standard of living in communities in four provinces.
U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote recognized the commitment and leadership of the grantee organizations, which are working to improve the lives of community members through sustainable projects that bolster food security, education, and health. “The American people are proud to support Zambian communities with the hands-on opportunities to mobilize their own ideas and resources, and expand their organizational and project management knowledge,” Ambassador Foote said.
“The funds go directly to Zambian communities to improve educational and business opportunities and ultimately enhance the well-being of Zambians,” he added.
The Special Self-Help program delivers financial support directly to Zambian organizations with sustainable, innovative ideas to reach traditionally underserved areas or populations. Grants awarded today will support the following projects:
- Amano Mambulwa Women’s Club in the Chingola area to establish a hammer mill operation in Copperbelt Province;
- Fish fingerling supply for the Chalatila Agricultural Cooperative in Mbala, Northern Province;
- Replace the water tank and tower for the Lusaka-based Cure International Zambia pediatric hospital that serves Zambian families nation-wide;
- Build a classroom block for the five communities of the Isembe Nolukasu Farmer’s Group in Mungwi, Northern Province; and
- Create a goat-rearing operation for the Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS for Mufumbwe members and outreach services beneficiaries in Northwestern Province.
The U.S. Embassy in Lusaka manages the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program. Since its initiation, the program has provided over $1.3 million to 118 community based organizations throughout Zambia.
The application deadline for the next round of funding is February 28, 2019. The guidelines, project criteria, and the application is accessible at https://zm.usembassy.gov/education-culture/small-grants-programs.