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Eight Entities receive $50,000 grant from US

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The US Ambassador (arrowed) in a group photograph with the beneficiaries after the award ceremony.Eight organisations and communities have been awarded a $50,000 grant to support grassroots development projects.

 The grant, which is from the United States Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Programme, is to be used by the beneficiaries to improve the lives of residents.

Some of the organisations which received this year’s grant are the Volta Community Outreach Initiative, $3,500; Pang Sang, an NGO based in the Northern Region, $3,500; the Manso Abore Community Nursery School in the Ashanti Region, $10,000 and Solution Centre, an NGO in the Eastern Region, $5,000.

The rest are: Dangme Farmers in Support of Disabled Youth in Agriculture, $3,000; Young Women Against Stigma, $5,000; LEKMA Polyclinic in the La community, $10,000 and the Adaklu Youth Association $10,000.

A statement from the US Public Affairs Section said the US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gene Cretz, explained at the presentation ceremony that due to President Barrack Obama’s Partnership for Growth Initiative, the US had made partnership central to its development strategy in Ghana.

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It recalled that during his visit to Ghana, President Obama said he had noticed how the spirit of “partnership” was embodied through the many public and private initiatives the US had undertaken in Ghana.

Mr Cretz, the statement said, explained that when the embassy’ selection committee met to approve the request, it was struck by the remarkable set of activities the various organisations had planned for the year.

He also said the organisations whose projects were selected stood out as the most sustainable, most community-oriented and most laudable.