The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2013 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help and PEPFAR awards. These awards have provided support to grassroots development efforts in Africa since 1990. On August 19, the Embassy presented seventeen awards totaling $260,000 in support of its new partnerships with local communities committed to improving the lives of their residents. These grants were awarded to the following organizations/communities:
· Community Development and Empowerment Foundation, a civil society organization based in Kusuagu of the Northern Region, for hospital equipment for the community’s clinic.
· The Nnuaso Community in the Asante Region, for materials and the construction of a teachers’ quarters for the community school.
· Apeagusu Secondary School, in the Eastern Region, for materials for the construction of a dormitory block.
· The Ngleshi Amanfro Rabbit and Grasscutter Farmers Association in the Greater Accra Region, to help to train and equip youth to be economically empowered.
· GLIMA Youngters, a non-governmental organization in Tugu, the Northern Region, for materials to complete a community health clinic.
· The Santrokofi Buenua Community School in the Volta Region, to complete a three classroom block for its pupils.
· Alpha and Omega, a non-governmental organization in the Eastern Region, for bakery equipment and training for young women.
· Bouganyilli Youth Association, for books, chairs and other equipment for the community school and library in the Northern Region.
· St. John the Evangelist Kindergarten in Apowa in the Western Region, for materials to construct a three classroom block.
· Life Relief Foundation in the Western Region, for psychosocial and material support for HIV-positive pregnant women.
· Same Dream Support in the Greater Accra region, for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and counseling for female sex workers, particularly in Agbogloshie.
· INFANET, a non-governmental organization in the greater Brong Ahafo Region, for HIV/AIDS education and prevention for female sex workers, particularly in Techiman.
· HFFG, a non-governmental organization in the Northern Region, for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and counseling for female sex workers, particularly in Tamale.
· Greenhut, a non-governmental organization in the Brong-Ahafo Region, education and alternative income generation for female sex workers, particularly in Sunyani.
· Network of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, to promote peer support programs and to improve service delivery for peers throughout Ghana.
· Manko, a non-governmental organization in the Eastern Region, supporting out-of-school youth with HIV/AIDS preventive education and economic intervention activities around Senchi.
· Mercy Foundation, a non-governmental organization in the Western Region, in support of group activities and income generation for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Ambassador Cretz congratulated the awardees and noted that he was pleased “to mark the beginning of seventeen new U.S.-Ghana partnerships.” He described the Ambassador’ Self-Help Program and the PEPFAR Program as “two of the most exciting and meaningful community-based programs that I have the privilege to be a part of as the U.S. Ambassador.”
Self-Help projects must meet the following criteria: they are initiated by a local community or NGO, they are sustainable, and they require no additional support from the U.S. government after the initial funding. PEPFAR Projects provide training, equipment or facilities for community groups or NGOs that will support people living with HIV/AIDS, or others at risk.
The Embassy is currently accepting community proposals for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program. The deadline for 2014 applications will be December 31, 2014. For additional information about the projects kindly refer to the Mission website http://ghana.usembassy.gov/selfhelp.html.
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