U.S. Embassy Announces 2015 Special Self-Help Grant Recipients

Ambassador greeting one of the recipients (Dept. of State)
Ambassador greeting one of the recipients (Dept. of State)

ABIDJAN – The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program.  The seven projects chosen will receive funding worth $54,000.  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 over two million dollars through the Special Self-Help Program to assist rural communities in Côte d’Ivoire.

The U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Terence P. McCulley signed agreements with the following entities:

The Quartier Community of Tafire in the Niakara Region for Potable Water: This project will support the installation of a water pump in the village to help provide drinking water to the villagers. This will reduce the risk of water borne diseases.

The Delegation Foundation Akwaba of Kpanan near Bondoukou in Gontougo Region for A Solar Power Upgrade: This project will support the installation of an electrical network based on solar energy in a rural health center, a clinic that has a maternity ward.  It will also enable the clinic to purchase furniture, a fridge and a TV which will be used to raise awareness about epidemics and maladies.

The Association Action pour le Development (AAD) in San Pedro Region for a School renovation: This project will support the renovation of the regional school that was built in 1940.

The Djebelekalha at Niakara in the Hambol region for Access to Clean Water: This project will help bring drinking water to the community by connecting the village to the nearest public water network and installing a water fountain. It will prevent people from walking long distances for drinking water.

The NGO EEFY (Education and English for You) in Bingerville for restroom renovation in primary and secondary schools: This project will support the renovation of the primary and secondary school restrooms in Bingerville. It will contribute to creating a healthier environment for the kids and to minimize the risk of contraction of illnesses.

Improving agricultural performance and health of women in Lokassou and Djebonoua in the Gbeke region: This project will support the mechanization of agricultural operations for women, which will facilitate crop harvesting, in turn improving the quality and value of their crops. This project will greatly improve the working conditions and the income of the women.

The Association Eveil à la Vie (AEVie) in Grand Lahou in the Grand Ponts Region for a Childcare Center: This project will support the building of an extension on a school building to accommodate approximately 150 children aged three to six years, and will allow more children to attend school.

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.