Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Bryan Hunt, has awarded grants totalling $40,000 to five non-profit organizations embarking on year-long projects to enhance economic and social conditions in their respective local communities.
These grassroots-led projects are strategically located across Sierra Leone and align with Sierra Leonean aspirations for democracy, health, and prosperity.
“This year, U.S. government funds are supporting programs aimed at creating sources of clean water, conducting campaigns to promote hygiene best practices to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases, establishing improved teaching and learning environments for children, and providing access to enhanced healthcare facilities to strengthen service delivery,” stated Ambassador Hunt.
He congratulated the grantees and underscored the pivotal role of beneficiary communities in the planning, implementation, and sustained impact of each project. These initiatives are funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program, which supports small, community-based projects across Africa. The projects are collaboratively designed with community members, who contribute their resources, often in the form of labour and in-kind donations.
Ambassador Hunt, addressing the grantees, remarked, “Through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, the United States Government fosters economic development in Sierra Leone by directly responding to requests from grassroots leaders. These projects address pressing barriers to well-being and prosperity in their communities, empowering Sierra Leoneans to help themselves.” MJB/22/11/2023