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US awards grants to 9 rural organisations

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The US Ambassador’s Self- Help Fund has given grants totalling $50,000 ( about K37million) to nine Malawian organisations to fund various development projects in their communities.

A press release from the US Embassy states that the grants will be used to fund construction of girls hostels, boreholes and water pumps, girls’ sanitary facilities, and a school feeding shelter.

“The US Embassy set aside funds to support at least one innovative proposal from a community whose Traditional Authority demonstrated clear and verifiable achievements in promoting success and empowerment of adolescent girls,” reads the statement in part.

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The handover ceremony of the fund was held on Friday at the US Embassy and Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Herrup said the US Embassy was proud to contribute in improving the livelihoods of local communities.

“We estimate that over 15,500 people will directly benefit from these projects. You have seen a vision of a better life for your families, clean drinking water for your communities, a safe place for your girls to go to school and the United States government is proud to partner with your communities to make these visions a reality,” he said

The fund will be used to construct a feeding shelter at Eswazini Primary School, girls hostels at Mtakataka Secondary School and Chikwina Community Day Secondary School, boreholes at Kamwendo Health Centre and Mphero Village Water Committee, girls sanitary facilities at St. Anthony Community Day Secondary School and Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development, an under-five clinic at Women Welfare Foundation, and a library at Chigumukire and Joshua secondary schools.

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