U.S. Embassy Funds Community Based Solutions for Rural Malawians

Ambassador Palmer, right greets the granteeThe U.S Embassy is very pleased to announce the award of MK 24 million in grants to six community based organizations whose projects will help uplift and improve livelihoods of rural people across Malawi. These grants come in addition to the MK49 million donated to community based organizations, previously declared in August 2015.

These projects will fund the construction of a girls’ school hostel, a health clinic for young children, primary and secondary schoolroom blocks, and a biogas processing facility to support a community based child care center.  Speaking during the signing ceremony, Ambassador Palmer said, Addressing the new grantees, Ambassador Palmer said, “Over the past five years the U.S. Government, through the African Development Foundation and the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, has assisted 109 locally-initiated development projects in Malawi with funding of $610,000 – that is over 230 million kwacha.”  The Ambassador added, “I am particularly pleased that one of the projects being funded today involves construction of school blocks and a girls’ hostel which will reduce the burden that young girls face in trying to complete secondary school.  Educating girls in Malawi is not only the right thing to do – but it’s good for their families, their communities, and Malawi as a whole as these girls become productive contributors to the Malawian economy.”