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Cablegate: Ssh Proposals for Fy 2001

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KINSHASA 008490

SIPDIS


FOR AF/RA, DRL, USAID/AFR/SD, USAID/AFR/DP
NAIROBI FOR AID


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM EAID CG
SUBJECT: SSH PROPOSALS FOR FY 2001


1. EMBASSY REQUESTS USD 130,774 FOR NINE SMALL SPECIAL
SELF-HELP PROJECTS FOR FY2001:


-- FOUNDATION ON CONGOLESE AFRICAN STUDIES, EDUCATION AND
DEVELOPMENT (FOCASED). REQUEST: USD 25,000. DESCRIPTION OF
PROJECT: PROVIDING PREMISES FOR LITERACY SESSIONS FOR
ABANDONED CHILDREN, TEENAGERS AND ADULTS BY SUPPLYING
BUILDING MATERIALS, USED CLOTHES, TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER
TEACHING MATERIALS. SSH OBJECTIVE: EDUCATION.


-- ASSOCIATION DES FEMMES DEPLACEES DE GUERRE POUR LA
PROMOTION DE L'AGRICULTURE (AFEPA). REQUEST: USD 7,000.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: BUYING/RENTING LAND TO ENABLE THESE
LADIES TO SOW SOYBEAN AND 112.5 TONS OF PEANUTS AND CORN.
SSH OBJECTIVE: INCOME GENERATION AND FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.


-- RESEAU SHALOM. REQUEST: USD 20,000. DESCRIPTION OF
PROJECT: TRAINING UNEMPLOYED ABANDONED GIRLS TO PRODUCE
INCOME-GENERATING ITEMS FOR EVERY DAY CONSUMPTION TO ACHIEVE
SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN POOR HEAVILY POPULATED AREAS OF KINSHASA.
SSH OBJECTIVE: INCOME GENERATION.


-- ASSOCIATION DE DEVELOPMENT INTEGRAL DE LOMBEOLO (ADILO)
EQUATEUR. REQUEST: USD 4,195. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:
BUYING MACHETES, SHOVELS, AXES, HOES AND SUCH EQUIPMENT FOR
PRODUCING CASSAVA, CORN AND RICE IN LINKAKE, IYALI AND MONDJE
CENTERS IN THE EQUATEUR PROVINCE. SSH OBJECTIVE: INCOME
GENERATION AND FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.


-- FORUM DE COMMUNICATION, D'EDUCATION ET D'ENCADREMENT DES
MASSES (FOCEM). REQUEST: USD 8,079. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:
NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT OF AT-RISK PERSONS IN THE KIMBONDO
DISTRICT AND THE FUNA VALLEY, KINSHASA. SSH OBJECTIVE:
HEALTH AND NUTRITION.


-- ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE DE MBINDA, (ASCOM). REQUEST: USD
19,500. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: TO CONSTRUCT A PIG FARM IN
BAS CONGO FOR A COMMUNITY COOP PROJECT. SSH OBJECTIVE:
INCOME GENERATION AND FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.


-- UNION POUR LE BIEN ENTRE DE POPULATION DEMUNIE (UBEPD).
REQUEST: USD 20,000. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: RECONSTRUCT
FOUR DILAPIDATED SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN POOR AREAS OF THE CITY
AND FURNISH BENCHES FOR THE CHILDREN. SSH OBJECTIVE:
ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY CHILDREN IN IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES OF
KINSHASA.


-- SOEURS DE STE MARIE DE NAMUR. REQUEST: USD 20,000.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN
TAILORING AND START A POULTRY FARM TO PROMOTE
SELF-SUFFICIENCY. SSH OBJECTIVE: INCOME GENERATION AND FOOD
SELF-SUFFICIENCY.


-- CENTRE D'ACCUEIL BETHANIE. REQUEST: USD 7,000.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: PREPARING PREMISES OF A CONFERENCE
CENTER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY WORKSHOPS, FOLLOWING LOOTING BY
MILITARY IN JANUARY 1999 WHEN RWANDAN CIVILIANS WERE
EXPELLED. SSH OBJECTIVE: SOCIAL ASSISTANCE.


2. CRITERIA OBSERVED IN SELECTING THESE SSH PROJECTS:


-- IN SELECTING THE ABOVE SSH PROJECTS EMBASSY HAS CAREFULLY
CONSIDERED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THESE PROJECTS WILL BENEFIT,
THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF THOSE REQUESTING THE
PROJECTS, AS WELL AS THEIR ABILITY TO COMPLETE THE PROJECTS.
THE MAJORITY OF THESE PROJECTS ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING
CONDITIONS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN. WE HAVE ALSO TAKEN INTO
CONSIDERATION THE NEED FOR LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD THAT CAN
GENERATE INCOME AND RESULT IN FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.


-- TWO PROPOSALS FROM OUTSIDE KINSHASA WERE INTRODUCED THIS
YEAR. WE ACCEPTED BOTH OF THESE PROPOSALS, ONE IN BAS-CONGO
AND THE OTHER IN EQUATEUR. THE MAJORITY OF THE PROPOSALS
COME FROM KINSHASA, HOWEVER, WHERE IT IS MUCH EASIER TO
ADMINISTER PROJECTS DUE TO THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS OUTSIDE OF
THE CAPITAL CITY. KINSHASA, WITH ITS GROWING POPULATION OF
OVER SIX MILLION PEOPLE, HAS AN IMMENSE NEED FOR SMALL
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. OUR SEVEN PROJECTS ARE A DROP IN THE
BUCKET, BUT WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD IMPROVING THE LIVING
CONDITIONS OF THE APPLICANTS.


3. THE POPULATION OF THE DRC IS ESTIMATED AT OVER 50 MILLION
PEOPLE. THE POPULATION OF KINSHASA, WHERE THE MAJORITY OF
THE EMBASSY'S SSH PROJECTS ARE LOCATED, IS SAID TO BE
APPROXIMATELY SIX MILLION. POST'S MISSION PROGRAM PLAN NOTES
THE STRONG US NATIONAL INTEREST IN PURSUING HUMANITARIAN
GOALS IN THE DRC, AND THESE SELF HELP PROJECTS WILL PROMOTE
THAT US INTEREST. USAID HAS A PRESENCE IN THE DRC. THE
PEACE CORPS DOES NOT HAVE A PRESENCE.


4. PREVIOUS POST ADMINISTRATION PERFORMANCE:


-- FY00. FUNDING FOR FY2000 HAS NOT YET BEEN RECEIVED
(NEITHER BY THE EMBASSY, NOR BY THE PROJECT RECIPIENTS.)
CONTRACTS FOR 2000 PROJECTS WERE SIGNED ON SEPTEMBER 22,
2000. DUE TO LOCAL BANKING RESTRICTIONS, WE PLAN TO PAY
VENDORS DIRECTLY FOR MATERIALS AND/OR SERVICES NEEDED IN
ORDER TO COMPLETE THEIR PROJECTS.


-- FY99. DUE TO LOCAL BANKING RESTRICTIONS, FUNDS ALLOCATED
FOR THESE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN SLOW IN GETTING TO THE
RECIPIENTS. CONTRACTS FOR ALL 1999 PROJECTS HAVE BEEN
EXTENDED AND RECEIPTS ARE COMING IN. ONE OF OUR RECIPIENTS
HAS NOT RECEIVED ITS FUNDS. HOWEVER, WE ARE CORRESPONDING
WITH USAID CONCERNING THIS.


FY98. NO FUNDS WERE ALLOCATED DUE TO THE WAR AND THE
EVACUATION OF THE EMBASSY.


FY97. TEN OF THE ELEVEN AGREEMENTS WERE LIQUIDATED. WE HAVE
WORKED HARD TO CLOSE OUT THESE PROJECTS, AND ARE PLEASED TO
REPORT THAT WE HAVE SUBMITTED TO USAID ALL THE DOCUMENTS
NECESSARY TO LIQUIDATE THE ONE REMAINING PROJECT. ALL
AGREEMENTS PRIOR TO 1999 HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND WE
ANTICIPATE A FAVORABLE REPORT FROM USAID.
SWING

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