US Ambassador, Local Communities Sign US$124.7 Grant Agreement

first_imgThe United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, yesterday signed a US$124,755 agreement with several community groups across the country.The Self-Help Fund will provide US$99,755 in grant money to support community development initiatives focused on income generation and skills development, while the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) will provide US$25,000 to support community-based food security projects.These funds originated from two sources—the “Ambassador’s Special Self Help Funds” and the USADF respectively.According to Amb. Malac, the USADF was established in Togo in 1964 as an experimental and modest self-help program for Africa. It is now one of the most successful assistance initiatives in Africa and covers the entire continent.The US Envoy said the USADF is a grassroots assistance program that lets Ambassadors respond quickly to small community-based development projects that promise to have immediate impact.“Self-Help Fund projects always include an important and significant contribution by the participants. In Liberia this often includes provision of labor, land and other materials,” she explained.Ambassador Malac stated that since the program began in Liberia in 2004, it has funded 157 projects for a total of over US$695,000, covering all 15 counties with over 252,000 beneficiaries.She further stated that in 2009, the USADF contributed various amounts of money from US$25,000 to US$50,000 to fund small-scale projects to promote food security.USADF is an independent federal agency established to support African-designed and African-driven grassroots solutions to economic and social problems.“This year,” said Amb. Malac, ‘’the embassy received over 100 proposals, from which 17 projects were selected. Of those projects 13 will be funded through U.S. State Department’s Economic Support Funds while four will be funded from ADF grants.”This year’s projects focus on a variety of income generation opportunities including support to those in the agricultural sector for the cultivation of cassava, rice and vegetables, said the American Ambassador. Other income generation projects include skills training in soap making, beekeeping, animal husbandry and the provision of cassava grinders and machines used for processing palm oil and kernel oil.The projects this year are located in Margibi, Bomi, Nimba, Lofa, Maryland, Montserrado, Grand Kru, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties.“We are thrilled to established these partnerships and we hope this signing ceremony is the start of a long and meaningful relationship between the U.S. Embassy and the local communities,” Amb. Malac declared.Aaron Kollie, chief executive officer of Power TV who spoke on behalf of the grantees, thanked Ambassador Malac and the U.S. government for the bilateral agreement between the two countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:Seniors:Last Sunday our senior team reached the championship final for the third year in succession after a hard earned victory over St Kiernans. Played in difficult conditions with a blustery wind throughout the game the Kiernans had the advantage in the opening half and went in at the break leading by 1-6 to 1-4.A Benny O’Reilly goal in the later stages of the half kept us in touch in what was never going to be an easy game.Cathal Magee who had a quiet half for his standards came to the fore in the 2nd half scoring the opening four points to edge us in front, still the Kiernans refused to throw in the towel until midway through the half a converted penalty from Magee opened up daylight between the sides.The introduction of five sides in the final 15 minutes showed our strength in depth with Cathal O’Neill scoring another goal to cap a fine effort. Best on the day were Marty McCoy, Mark Gottsche, Johnny McNicholas, Joe Feeney and Cathal Magee. Final score TCG 3-13, St Kiernans 1-10.Scorers, C Magee1P-5, B O’Reilly 1-1, J Feeney 0-3, J McNicholas 0-3, C O’Neill 1-0 & M McCoy 0-1:Juniors:The junior team live to fight another day after coming from 3 points down in the final 7 minutes to draw against Thomas McCurtains in last Sunday’s semi final.Not at their best the young guns showed great determination to battle back when we looked to be heading for the exit door. Again a strong wind with a few showers made playing conditions difficult and scoring opportunities few as both teams battled to get a stronghold on the game.Best on the day were Jack Elliot, Patrick O’Connor and Ryan Elliot. Final score TCG 1-7 Thomas McCurtains 1-7: Scorers, Kevin Browne 1-4f, Ryan Elliot 0-2 & Tommy Moriarty 0-1:Fixtures:On Saturday the juniors will play in the Championship semi final replay against Thomas McCurtains at Ruislip with a 3pm throw-in.(Extra time to be played if required) All support much appreciated for this vital match.Wedding Belles:This Saturday long serving club stalwart JP O’Donnell ties the knot with fiancée Paula Reid in County Clare, a large number of club members are travelling back for the big day.All players, members and staff at the club pass on our best wishes to the happy couple and wish them all the best for the future.Return of the Legends:At last Sunday’s championship match in Ruislip, club members had the pleasure to meet up with two of our former greats, ex player Timmy McBride (Dungloe) and former manager Tommy McFadden (Kilcar) called over to see if we were still keeping up the high standards that they set many years ago.Great to see you lads and don’t leave it as long the next time.Vintage Day:The ever popular London Irish Vintage Day returns to Berkeley Avenue on Sunday 31st August with the convoy leaving Cricklewood at 12 noon and arriving at Greenford 12.45pm.Lottery:Lotto results for 14/08/14 Jackpot £2,600.Numbers drawn 1-5-13-23 No jackpot winners, £25 Lucky dip winners, Declan O’Grady, Danny Gallagher, Aaron Bradley and Kevin McMenimin.This week’s draw takes place on Thursday 21st August at the clubhouse with a jackpot of £2,650. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS REACH COUNTY FINAL FOR THIRD YEAR RUNNING was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportTir Chonail Gaelslast_img read more