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Cablegate: Proposals for Fy 2008 Ambassadors' Fund For

VZCZCXYZ0018
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHLGB #0377 1511141
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 301141Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY KIGALI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5346
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0297

UNCLAS KIGALI 000377

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PRM/AFR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF RW
SUBJECT: PROPOSALS FOR FY 2008 AMBASSADORS' FUND FOR
REFUGEES

REF: SECSTATE 06779

1. (U) Embassy Kigali submits the following two proposals for
consideration for funding by the FY 2008 Ambassadors' Fund
for Refugees. Note: Post will submit more detailed
information on each project to PRM via unclass e-mail.

Project: Concrete Drainage System and Spring Capping
Description: The American Refugee Committee (ARC) is
requesting $20,000 to conduct two projects. For the first,
ARC seeks funds to construct a concrete drainage system in
Nyabiheke refugee camp to resolve health and safety problems
with standing water and to ease relations with nearby farmers
who must deal with unsatisfactory drainage and overflows from
the current hand-dug drainage system. ARC also requests
funds to cap two springs to feed an existing water
gravitation system in Kiziba refugee camp, making potable
water available to the entire camp.

Project: Family-size Kitchens with Fuel-efficient Cooking
Stoves and Solar Oven Bread-baking Initiative
Description: The World Food Program (WFP) and ARC jointly
request $20,000 to construct fuel-efficient cooking stoves
for 800 families in Nyabiheke, Kiziba, and Gihembe refugee
camps, reducing the amount of firewood needed for cooking and
thereby reducing environmental degradation and the need to
sell food rations for firewood. WFP and ARC also request
support to carry out a solar bread-baking oven project in
each of the three camps, establishing income-generating
projects to build the ovens and to use them to bake bread
that would supply the camps.

Justification: ARC received money from the FY 2007
Ambassador's Fund for Refugees for a joint project with UNHCR
and the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) to provide
construction materials for houses for returnees from
Tanzania. ARC fulfilled its obligations on that project,
though completion of the homes has been delayed due to
problems on the part of MINALOC (septel to follow). However,
Post believes ARC will successfully carry out either of these
two projects should it receive FY 2008 funds. They have the
expertise and capacity to implement their proposals and,
unlike in last year's project, they would have responsibility
for the completion of the entire project, not just the
purchase and transfer of materials. Both of the proposals
meet needs of refugee camps in Rwanda that are not currently
being funded and would have positive effects on large numbers
of people, both refugees and the surrounding local
populations.

ARIETTI

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