U.S. Embassy awards Malawi rural community grants

United States has given grants to 14 organizations received grants valued at over $94,000 (MK49 million) from the U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Program at a ceremony held at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

US Ambassador Virginia Palmer shakes h ... sentative of a beneciary community

US Ambassador Virginia Palmer shakes hands with a repsentative of a beneciary community

US Ambassador Virginia Palmer and a ben ... nity representative signing a grant

US Ambassador Virginia Palmer and a beneficiary representative signing a grant

This year’s grants will increase communities’ access to clean and safe water, improve education through construction of school blocks; a girls’ hostel and library; contribute to more pregnant women delivering at clinics through construction of waiting shelter; and providing community linkages to schools, hospitals and markets through the construction of a bridge.

In addition, income generating projects will see the establishment of three value-adding processing centers, train women in vocational skills, and establish an organic manure processing plant.

These projects will create jobs for men and women in the rural areas.

Addressing the grantees, Ambassador Virginia Palmer said: “We are happy to see your commitment to uplifting living standards in your communities. We believe these projects will be a catalyst for the sustainable transformation of your communities’ education, health, and economic status.”

The Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund is designed to support community-driven development projects that address grassroots economic and social problems.

The program selects projects that;

1) improve basic economic or social conditions at village level;

2) have a high-impact, can be quickly implemented, and benefit a large number of people;

3) involve a significant local contribution in labor, material, or cash;

4) are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain;

5) are a direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community;

and 6) make income-generating activities possible.

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1 year 2 months ago

Shame on our government! They were supposed to coordinate such help but luck of trust on managing funds hence opting to go straight to the beneficiaries. Good for the rural people and that’s the way to go.