U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program Helps Nigerian Communities in Need

small_grant_01-500 U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle awarded grants totaling $250,000 to 35 Nigerian community-based organizations during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy.

Through the U.S. Department of State’s Special Self-Help Program and the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program provides funding for projects that will benefit and develop neighborhoods, groups, and communities across 20 Nigerian states.

Ambassador James F. Entwistle explained the motivation behind the Small Grants Program.  “As a partner, the United States wants Nigeria to thrive.  Our direct assistance to improve basic economic and social conditions promotes a conscious responsibility to lift up society.  And we are always happy to help people who are trying to help themselves.”small_grant_02-500

Selected projects include the construction of classrooms, medical clinics, community centers, food processing mills, boreholes, and latrines.  The funds will also provide books, classroom furniture, and several types of equipment to help improve the living and learning conditions of many Nigerians in the homes and villages.

Grants assisting persons and families affected by HIV and AIDS will help spawn innovative projects that provide care and support to orphans, vulnerable children, and their families.