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Cablegate: Special Self-Help Program Assists 47,000

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TAGS: ECON EAID ETRD PREL MZ
SUBJECT: SPECIAL SELF-HELP PROGRAM ASSISTS 47,000
MOZAMBICANS

REF: STATE 14872

1. The Ambassador's Special Self-Help Program (SSH) in
Mozambique is an integral part of the U.S. Mission. It
allows the Executive Office to respond quickly to requests
from local communities for assistance that have an immediate
impact while furthering our mission policies and objectives
and bolstering our people-to-people public outreach efforts.
It also enhances intra-Mission cooperation, as State, USAID,
and Peace Corps elements work together to select worthwhile
projects. SSH programs funded with FY07 monies assist
approximately 10,000 Mozambicans, programs funded with FY06
monies assist approximately 37,000 Mozambicans, and given the
sustainable nature of the projects, the numbers continue to
increase. The programs helped local communities gain access
to fresh water, education, and otherwise improve the quality
of life. Considering that the program received only USD
70,000 in FY07, the return on the investment is quite
significant and the Embassy looks to continue implementing
this successful initiative in coming years. Below are
capsule descriptions of each successful project.

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FY07 SSH PROGRAM RESULTS
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2. With FYO7 funds, approximately 350 families and 5,235
individuals are benefiting from access to improved drinking
water and improved sanitation facilities.

A. Ecumenical Secondary School Sao Joao de Chidenguele
received USD 1,000 for the purchase of educational books and
English resources. The project is located in Manjacaze
District, Gaza Province and is benefiting more than 1,000
students. This project is augmented by support from a Peace
Corps Volunteer.

B. The Cultural Association of Zavala (ACUZA) received USD
18,000 to construct three classrooms. The SSH grant led
ACUZA and the community to contribute matching funds for the
construction, and the project received technical support from
Ministry of Education. The project is located in Zavala
district, Inhambane province and is benefiting more than
1,000 students.

C. The Association for Community Development (MUDJAXIHI)
received USD 11,900 for the construction of a drinking water
well and windmill. The project benefits over 150 families in
the region, reducing the significant amount of time spent
mainly by women retrieving water. The project is located in
Namaacha district, Maputo province.

D. The Secondary School of Jecua received USD 5,100 to equip
a laboratory facility at the school. The project is
benefiting 3,200 students and allows students and teachers to
use real scientific equipment. A Peace Corps Volunteer
helped the school submit the proposal and assisted with the
construction of the facility and purchase of equipment. The
PCV is also training teachers how to use the equipment. The
project is located in Manica district, Manica Province.

E. The Primary School of Domela received USD 15,000 for the
construction of classrooms. The project benefits
approximately 500 students, allowing some of them to attend
school for the first time. The project is located in
Nicoadala district, Zambezia Province.

F. The Homoine District Coordination Committee received USD
19,000 for the construction of cisterns. The project
benefits 200 families. The cisterns collect water during the
rainy season and provide water access during periods of
drought. The project is located in Homoine district,
Inhmabane Province.

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FY06 SSH PROGRAM
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3. With FY06 funds, approximately 37,000 individuals benefit
from SSH projects.

A. The Secondary School of Zobue received USD 14,000 to
create a computer room to introduce students and teachers to
computer technology. 1,050 students and teachers along with
3000 members of the extended community now use the facility.

B. The Chibuto office of the National Institute for Social
Action (INAS) received USD 14,000 to open a water well and
install a pump to supply potable water for the community of
Cubo in Chibuto. 5,235 persons now have access to water that

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did not before.

C. The 'Wiwanana' (Solidarity) Association received USD
14,000 to install a flour grinding mill for the Community of
Nauela in the District of Alto-Molocue. This new, more modern
mill is closer to the community and faster than alternatives,
reducing time women and children spend traveling and working
at this task. 2,500 residents from Nuela and 4481 persons
from surrounding communities directly benefit.

D. The Santa Isabel Mission of Inhambane received USD 14,800
to create a computer room for computer skills training and
other professional activities, including research, to young
girls, unmarried mothers and widows in the Guiua district.
150 students per year are directly benefited along with 900
persons in the extended community.

E. The Muslim Women's Association (An-Nissa) received USD
12,000 to purchase medical equipment and material for the
pediatric section of the Jose Macamo Hospital in Maputo.
Several thousand children currently benefit, with the number
continuing to increase.

F. The village of Mateus Sansao Mutemba in Tete received USD
1,200 to teach young children sewing skills. Approximately
200 students have received training so far, some of whom have
now set up small businesses based on these skills.
Chapman

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