The United States of America has awarded grants to improve access to education and health services for vulnerable children and communities at risk.
The two hundred and twenty one thousand, nine hundred and two U.S. dollar ($221,902) award was in response to applications to the ambassadors small grant programme.
The programme which was organised by the US Embassy to Nigeria in Abuja awarded 27 projects covering 14 States in Nigeria.
Some of the projects include rehabilitations and provision of equipment for schools, construction and rehabilitation of local health clinics, and the construction of boreholes and recycling facilities to benefit communities across Nigeria.
The funding will also benefit orphans and vulnerable children, as well as key populations and communities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS through addressing economic, nutritional, and hygienic needs.
The awards are designed to assist communities through small-scale development projects directed at improving basic living conditions at the grassroots level.
The Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador's small grants Awards Ceremony, Mr. David Young says the U.S. Government contribution to the projects aims at supporting high-impact, quick-implementation activities.
As a partner with you, the U S government want Nigeria to strive because we realised that we have a mutual interest together, we are all part of one world, we are one globe as a whole, what happen to one corner of the world affects the rest of us as well and so the work that we do together makes a key different as we believe that investing here in Nigeria is an investment in our global community that affects us in the United States, he said.
Mr Young further said, While the United States is proud to support these various projects in their early phases, we take a greater delight in seeing that communities can be self-reliant and sustain their activities independent of U.S. assistance.
One of the beneficiaries Mr, Rex Ajenifuju who responded on behalf of others expressed their appreciation and promise to utilise the grant adequately.
We thank you for identifying us at the grassroots and we are very delighted and honoured to be identified and to be given these grants.
We want to assure you that the job will not only be done but will be well done and you will be proud of us and do not forget us but continue to encourage us, he said.
In a related development the Mission has also awarded twenty five thousand U.S dollar ($25,000) grants to supports two local organisations addressing important gaps in refugee protection and assistance, gaps not addressed by larger multilateral refugee programs.
The two organizations, the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiative, and Initiative for the Empowerment of Vulnerable Persons in the society, received the funds in response to the Bureau of population, Refugees, and Migration call for programme recommendations for the 2018 Julia Taft Refugee Fund.
The two projects to be funded through this programme will work with some of the most vulnerable populations in Nigeria-internally displace persons (IDPs) and returnees, orphans, young widows and destitute persons whose livelihood has been hindered as a result of insecurity in North-eastern part of the country.
Source: Voice of Nigeria