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US supported over 500 NGOs in 2014

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
More than 500 community and faith-based organisations in Zambia last year received support from the US government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Programme to offer HIV and AIDS prevention programmes and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).
Acting US (PEPFAR) country coordinator Tamu Daniel said in a statement issued by US embassy public affairs officer Janet Deutsch yesterday that the organisation’s small grants programme gives community-based organisations (CBOs) the opportunity to grow and thrive.
Dr Daniel said the small grants for prevention programmes help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS by promoting behavioural changes that reduce the risk of infection, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), and other effective prevention methods.
He said some past projects include training families and care-takers in lifeskills, providing psycho-social support, and strengthening communities’ capacity to care for OVCs.
“I encourage community-based organisations, including neighbourhood groups, faith-based organisations, and institutions of learning to apply.
“Community-based partnerships play a significant role in Zambia’s national HIV response because they know where the needs are and address them in innovative ways,” Dr Daniel said.
To be considered for the grant, applicants must demonstrate prior success in working in HIV/AIDS prevention or with OVC, how the activities proposed will be sustained over the long term, and a monetary or in-kind contribution to the project from the organisation or from its community.
Applicants must be legally registered non-profit organisations in Zambia.




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