U.S. PEPFAR Awards 1.6 Million Kwacha to Community-Based Organizations

Lusaka. September 15, 2014.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the National AIDS Council (NAC) announced 16 awardees of the PEPFAR small grants program today. PEPFAR provides one-time grants for up to 100,000 ZMW to help build community-led sustainable programs in HIV prevention and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their households.

“The government of the United States, through PEPFAR, is committed to working with the Zambian people and government to control the AIDS epidemic and achieving an AIDS-free generation in Zambia,” said Libby Brennan, acting PEPFAR Zambia Country Coordinator. “These community-based organizations that PEPFAR and NAC selected to support in 2015 are essential partners in meeting this goal.”

Since PEPFAR started in Zambia in 2003, PEPFAR has committed more than $2 billion to Zambia’s HIV response. The small grants program complements PEPFAR’s larger-scale programming by empowering and supporting grassroots groups. Sixteen organizations from across Zambia were selected from over 200 applicants based on rigorous selection criteria including innovation, sustainability, community contribution, and the ability to measure success.

The projects address a broad range of community needs related to HIV including strengthening early childhood development, training in child protection and nutrition for OVC caregivers, and providing education about how to prevent the spread of HIV.

“PEPFAR is proud to call these 16 community-led and implemented organizations partners,” said Brennan. “They are the driving force of sustainable HIV programming in Zambia.”

Visit the U.S. Embassy Lusaka’s website for more information about PEPFAR’s Small Grants Program.