US donates US$50,000 to Zambian communities

The United States government yesterday donated $50,000 to Zambian community-based organizations through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program (SSH).  

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires  at the American Embassy in Lusaka Mr David Young  said the six grants will expand economic opportunities and improve the standard of living in communities in five provinces.

Mr Young said the US government, through SSH, sought 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.

He 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.

Mr Young said that the US government was proud to enable such important projects through small grants funding distributed directly to the organizations.

“Grants awarded 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,” he said.

Mr Young said the US Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program was part of Washington’s ongoing commitment to support Zambian-driven development activities at local level.

Since 2000, the Self Help programme in Zambia has partnered with 97 organizations, contributing more than $860,000 directly to communities in all 10 provinces of Zambia.