United States Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield Wednesday dedicated two community-based projects under the “Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund.” The first project to be dedicated by the US Ambassador is a trash can project at Ricks Institute in Virginia, Montserrado County.
The U.S. Embassy, in support of this health and sanitation project, provided a grant of US$675.00 to purchase nine outdoor trash cans for the purpose of helping to keep the campus and its surroundings clean
The second project to be dedicated by the Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is a poultry project located in Moulton Corner, Montserrado County. The U.S. Embassy, in support of this income-generation project, provided a grant of US$5,489.75 to purchase building materials, day-old chicks, chicken feed, and medication.
This project, which is implemented in partnership with a local non-governmental organization, “Humanitarian Empowerment Life Program,” is intended to alleviate some of the difficulties faced by approximately 50 women by providing sustainable livelihood with an eye towards increasing the supply of meat to markets in Montserrado County.
Since 2003, the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund has benefited thousands of Liberians, including the physically challenged and ex-combatants. A wide range of projects have been funded including the construction of schools, clinics, latrines and hand pumps, sugar cane mills, farina machines, office and medical equipment, school supplies and textbooks, as well as farming tools, throughout Liberia.
The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund began in 1964 in Togo to allow the U.S. Ambassador to respond to modest requests for assistance from the community. The small community-based projects demonstrated immediate and significant impact, and the program has since spread throughout the African continent.