Lusaka. June 30, 2014.
Lusaka — The Government of the United States of America today awarded $50,000 to Zambian community-based organizations through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program (SSH). The six grants will expand economic opportunities and improve the standard of living in communities in five provinces.
At the signing ceremony which took place at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, David Young commended the leadership and initiative of the grantee organizations working to improve access to basic life necessities such as food, water and income in their communities. He further stated that the U.S. Government is proud to enable these important projects through small grants funding distributed directly to the organizations.
The U.S. government, through SSH, seeks to improve the economic and social conditions at the local level through one-time funding of small scale development or income generating activities broadly involving and benefiting community members. Grants awarded today will assist projects such as a produce farm at an orphanage in Western Province, a crop marketing income generation project for a Home Based Care group in Luapula Province, and the drilling of a borehole for a community in Southern Province.
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program is a part of the U.S. government’s ongoing commitment to support Zambian-driven development activities at the local level. Since 2000, the Self Help program in Zambia has partnered with 97 organizations, contributing more than $860,000 (approximately ZMW5.1 million) directly to communities in all ten provinces.