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30 Nigerian CBOs Get $171,000 U.S Grant

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[caption id="attachment_14129" align="alignnone" width="699"]Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria[/caption]

About 30 Nigerian community-based organizations covering 19 Nigerian states under the United States Ambassador’s Small Grants Program were awarded small grants totaling $171,000 on Monday in Abuja.

Presenting the awards, Ambassador Symington told the recipient organizations from across the country to use the grants to better the lives of the members of their communities.

The Ambassador asked the recipients “how can you measure success?

“As you go forward in doing your work, find a person you have helped and take strength in knowing that you have literarily changed the world, one person at a time.”

He reminded them of the importance of Nigeria and their role in making her succeed.  The envoy said the United States wants Nigeria to thrive. “All around the world, people have heard of Nigeria and of Africa, and smart people have said if Nigeria continues to succeed, Africa will succeed.”

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington gave the community organisations as part of a program for the overall U. S. Mission in Nigeria to assist community groups located in cities to small villages to mount self-directed efforts to improve their socio-economic welfare.

The program receives support from the U.S. Department of State’s Special Self-Help Program and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

For over two decades, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, through its small grants program, has partnered with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) throughout the country to fund small community-based initiatives.

The primary objective is to help people help themselves, ensuring that every project includes a strong element of community involvement, in order to maximize the sense of commitment by the communities involved and increase the likelihood that the project will  succeed and prove to be sustainable.

This year, the grants will fund a variety of projects including the construction and provision of classrooms, health clinics, and community centers. The ventures will enable communities to purchase food processing equipment, books, and classroom furniture. Other endeavors will permit the construction of boreholes and latrines.  Some of the undertakings will also benefit communities living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.

Some of those who received grants include: Ugonwanne Self-Help Group

Representative:      Timothy Ebubechukwu
Location:               Anambra State
Type of Project:     Rice threshing machine to serve 100 women in the Nkwele community to improve rice production for the well-being of women and children.
Cost:                     $3,738
Project 2:               Emmanuel Teryila Memorial Liberty Foundation
Representative:      Vera Adi
Location:               Benue
Type of Project:   Health promotion, food security, and household economic strengthening for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) care.
Cost:                     $6,640
Project 3:               Manoach Missions & Training Center
Representative:      Mary Terry
State:                     Benue
Type: To add more classrooms for literacy classes and equip a library for 80 adult women in Mbaav village in Gboko.
Cost:                     $6,293
Project 4:               Shagari Low-Cost Housing
Representative:      Stephen Anyamene
State:                     Borno         
Type: To provide three boreholes for 7,000 residents of the Shagari Estates in Maiduguri
Cost: $5,680
Project 5:               Ayamba Eagbo Health Clinic
Representative:      David Marshal Menge
State:                     Cross River
Type: To renovate a health clinic to benefit 1,300 members of the community
Cost:                     $5,396
Project 6:               Neighbourhood Care-Well Foundation
Representative:      Cletus Ekong Bassey
Location:               Cross River
Type of Project:   Peer health outreaches involving young vulnerable girls
Cost:                   $9,543