U.S. Embassy Awards Grants to 13 Organizations to Benefit Rural Malawians

Lilongwe, October 3 – Thirteen Malawian community organizations today received grants totaling $175,000 (MK130million) under the U.S. Embassy’s Economic Support Fund-Health and Development Africa Challenge Pilot Program at a ceremony held today at the U.S. Embassy.

This year’s Health and Development grants will fund construction of three girls’ hostels, three libraries/laboratories, one under-five clinic, one expectant mother’s waiting shelter, fifteen shallow wells in hard to reach areas, a girls sanitary facility, a cancer screening and awareness center, and furnish one girls’ hostel with beds and mattresses.

Addressing the grantees, Ambassador Palmer said, “We are proud to contribute to improving the living standards in your communities.  We estimate that over 35,500 people will directly benefit from these projects.  You have seen a vision of a better life for your families, of clean drinking water for your communities, of a safe place for your girls to go to school.  And through your commitment and contributions, the United States Government is proud to partner with you to make these visions a reality.”

Name of Project                                                                Grant Amount      

1    Action Hoper Malawi                                                  $ 9,500

2    Concerned Youth Organization-Dziwe Waiting Shelter $ 18,500

3    Champhira CDSS Library                                            $ 13,200

4    Chipala Community Day Girls Hostel                        $ 18,000

5    Engucwini CDSS Library/Laboratory                         $ 14,000

6    Forud Water Project                                                    $ 6,700

7    Youth for Sanitation-Kapichi Project                         $ 7,000

8    Mtakataka Secondary School                                    $ 6,500

9    Mtende Health Clinic Project                                     $ 12,300

10  Namasika CDSS Girl’s Hostel                                    $ 18,500

11  Namphungo CDSS Girl’s Hostel                                $ 18,500

12  Nasawa Cancer Screening Clinic                              $ 18,800

13  Puteya Secondary School Library/Laboratory        $ 13,500


      Total                                                                        $ 175,000