U.S. Embassy Announces 2014 Special Self-Help Grant Recipients

Group photo of Ambassador Terence P. McCulley with Self-Help Grant Recipients (Dept. of State)
Group photo of Ambassador Terence P. McCulley with Self-Help Grant Recipients (Dept. of State)

ABIDJAN – The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program.  The five projects chosen will receive funding worth $47,000 (more than CFA 23 million).  The projects funded by this program will support community development throughout Côte d’Ivoire.

Communities receiving funds through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program are required to contribute in-kind to the funded project by providing support such as labor or materials.  Since 1982, the U.S. Embassy has provided $2,763,291 (more than CFA 1 billion) through the Special Self-Help Program to assist rural communities in Cote d’Ivoire.

Ambassador McCulley signed agreements with the following entities:

The Katia Village Association (near Korhogo), in the Savanes region for water wells: This project will support the rehabilitation of two water wells equipped with  hydraulic pumps to provide the village population access to potable drinking water.  This will reduce the risk of water borne diseases related to consumption of water from nearby creeks.

The Adiapoto II Village Association  in the region des Grands Lacs for a water well:  This project will support drilling a well equipped with a hydraulic pump to provide the village population access to potable drinking water.  This will reduce the risk of water borne diseases.

The Cashew Farmers’ Cooperative, COUNADIA in Séguéla for water systems:  This project will support the extension of existing water systems and facilitate the installation of a fountain to provide rural populations with increased access to potable drinking water.

The Offa Village Association, Ebedi-Nondjele near Agboville for a water system:  This project will facilitate extending existing bore hole water system and installation of a new water fountain to areas currently without access to running water, including to a public hospital.  This will reduce the risk of water borne diseases.

The NGO Bonne Action of ODIENNE in the Denguele region for a literacy program:  Funds will facilitate purchasing kits, equipment, and materials for a literacy program and a session on hygiene for 120 children aged 12-17 years old.  The project will also supplement ongoing awareness campaigns on the need for education of children.

The United States Government commends these organizations for taking the initiative to improve the lives of people in their communities and for demonstrating with concrete actions their commitment to improve the economic and social independence of their people.