U.S. provides $85,000 for community development projects in 10 provinces

Ms. Savage with small grant recipients

Harare, November 3, 2017: The United States government is providing $85,000.00 in small grants funding to community organizations in six provinces. Announcing the awards, Jennifer Savage, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy said the funding represents U.S. commitment to enhancing community initiatives that promote local, self- sustaining development.

“Each of these grants represents a partnership between the people of the United States and the people of Zimbabwe,” said Ms. Savage at the official signing ceremony Friday. “Through these grants, we can support the work of Zimbabwean communities to assist people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children, people with disabilities, people who are economically disadvantaged, and refugees.”

Awardees will receive grants through one of the various funding sources that feed into the U.S. Embassy’s small grants program.  These funding sources include the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Program, and the Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

PEPFAR will provide $60,000 to seven grantees in Harare, Bulawayo, Matobo, Chirundu and Goromonzi.  These are Chiyubunuzyo Arts and Culture Association; Orphaned Children’s Care and Support Trust; Shamwari Yemwanasikana Trust; Springs of Life Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Activists Union Community Trust; Zimbabwe National Association of the Deaf; and Zimbabwe National Association of Mental Health.

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund will provide $25,000 to Terre Des Hommes Italia ONLUS to support the empowerment of women through soap making at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Manicaland Province. The Julia Taft Refugee Fund supports projects to assist refugees and focuses on initial impact projects.

U.S. Embassy’s small grants funding focuses on supporting small-scale, short-term, community projects that bring about tangible and immediate improvements in people’s lives.  U.S. Embassy has awarded more than $2 million for community-driven projects over the past ten years. Since 1980, at Zimbabwe’s independence, the Embassy has supported community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level all across the country. 

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