The U.S. Ambassador, James Knight, presided over a grant signing ceremony between the Embassy and five Chadian associations and groups.
This grant from the African Development Foundation (USADF) which totals $45,000 or about 22.5 million FCFA, was distributed among the Amarna Group for its spirulina production project in the Lake District; Al- Hai Bichif Group for vegetable gardening in the village of Marchout ( Ouaddai ); Al- Tawoun Group for the production of vegetables in Biltine (Wadi Fira); Association COLFORDELOR for its fish farming project in Doba (Logone Oriental); and Al- Hanouna Women’s Group for the installation of a millet mill to benefit women of Am-Timan (Salamat).
Each year, the Embassy of the United States of America awards small grants to civil society organizations to enable them to execute their projects.
Ambassador James Knight addressed words of encouragement to representatives of beneficiary groups and associations for their efforts to improve the living conditions of members of their communities and to support vulnerable people. He assured them that the United States of America will always be at their side to support their development efforts.
USADF is an independent federal agency established to support African solutions led by Africans that address basic economic and social problems. It provides grants up to $250,000 directly to companies and disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The grants help organizations create tangible benefits such as increasing or maintaining the number of jobs in a community, improving income levels, and meeting social development needs.
USADF seeks to pair with the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program for Community Initiatives (SSH) to reach the common goal of providing small grants for community development projects. As is the case with the SSH program, the mandate of USADF redirects it to support community groups’ projects that are committed to their own development. In addition, the mission of USADF includes the responsibility of ensuring that funded projects are focused on providing the maximum benefits for poor and marginalized communities which include those with an income below the level of national income per capita which can be found in underserved geographic areas, have gender or disability-based or youth-oriented needs.