Cablegate: Special Self-Help Fund Fy-04 Final Report

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E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (U) STATUS OF SSH FY 2000 - 2002
Post is pleased to report there are no outstanding balances.
All projects have been closed out.

2. (U) STATUS OF SSH FY 2003
Post funded ten projects with the $56,200.00 allocated to
Embassy Kinshasa. Post insured that these small projects
represented many regions of this vast country. These
projects have had a very positive impact on the areas where
they were implemented, and they are also a visible sign to
the Congolese of U.S. concern for their welfare. Seven of
the projects have been completed successfully, and all
receipts turned into USAID. The status of four FY03
projects that remain open is listed below:

Project Number: SSH 03-660-03
Project Name: Habitat for Humanity
Location: Lukala - Kimpese, Bas Congo
Dollar Amount: $13,600
Status: This project got off to a very late start due to
administrative problems by HH. The project has now been
completed and post is waiting for receipts to liquidate the
remaining $5,282.19. Post visited the project August 5,
2004. The visit confirmed that HH was doing a great job with
the funds. Post does not anticipate any complications in
closing this project.

Project Number: SSH 03-660-04
Project Name: Project de la Population Demunie
Location: Lubumbashi, Shaba
Dollar Amount: $5,000
Status: Project has been completed as agreed, and the
remaining receipts for the amount of $1,585 should be at
post before the end of November. Post does not anticipate
any complications in closing out this project.

Project Number: SSH 03-660-05
Project Name: Oeuvres N'te M'pn Yesu - Ontey
Location: Panu, Bandundu
Dollar Amount: $10,000
Status: Project located in a very remote area. Grantee
and community are doing a good job , but distance and
unstable conditions in the country have greatly slowed
progress. Post has been in contact with the grantee and the
remaining receipts for $3,277.73 should be delivered in the
near future. Post anticipates no complications in closing
out this project.

Project Number: SSH 03-660-09
Project Name: Bon Depart
Location: Gemena, Equateur
Dollar Amount: $3,500
Status: Pictures and reports show good progress
with this project. The project has been competed as agreed
and grantee promises remaining receipts for $2102.90 by the
end of November. Post anticipates no complications in
closing out this project.

Post received notice of the $45,500 allocated to Embassy
Kinshasa August 4, 2004. Seven projects were chosen, and all
the funds were obligated by September 10, 2004. Many worthy
projects were rejected due to funding constraints. The
following information summarizes the selected projects:

Project Number: SSH 04-660-01
Project Name: Comite de Developpement du Bassin Nord de
la N'djili
Location: Kinshasa
Dollar Amount: $20,000
Description: Three communities of Kinshasa have
come together in an effort to stop the flooding of the
N'djili River which is destroying their homes and endangering
their lives. Funds will provide necessary aid to build up
the banks of the N'djili River.
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: Approximately sixty-four thousand
poverty-stricken people.
Local input: The three communities are providing
all the labor.
Status: First advance of $5,000 has been
given to the grantee.

Project Number: SSH 04-660-02
Project Name: Streets Smarts
Location: Kinshasa
Dollar Amount: $4,000
Description: A group of expatriates provide assistance
to street boys of Gombe, Kinshasa to live in a house and
attend school. Funds are used for schooling, lodging, food,
and salary for a dorm dad and cook for the children.
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: Twenty street boys.
Local input: Time and energy of those who
contribute and help run the program on a voluntary basis.
Status: Grantee has not withdrawn first
Project Number: SSH 04-660-03
Project Name: Orphelinat Saint Vincent de Paul
Location: Mashala, Kasai Occ.
Dollar Amount: $5,000
Description: A religious group, caring for orphans and
displaced persons, plans to build a pigsty. The pigs will
provide food for the center as well as funds for other needs.
Funds will build a sty and purchase a few pigs.
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: At present this project will benefit 231
orphans and 77 displaced persons, and many more persons will
benefit in years to come.
Local input: Time and energy of the sisters who
run the center.
Status: Grantee has not withdrawn first

Project Number: SSH 04-660-04
Project Name: Assistance Alimentaire aux Eleves Sans
Moyens (ASALEM)
Location: Kinshasa
Dollar Amount: $3,000
Description: Providing books and other teaching aids for
a school serving low-income families. Funds will also serve
to improve the condition of the school building.
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: Two hundred plus students this year and
many more in the years to come.
Local input: The grantee owns the property.
Status: Grantee still needs to produce some
remaining proforma.

Project Number: SSH 04-660-05
Project Name: A Mobayi Mobayi
Location: Mbongo, Equateur
Dollar Amount: $3,500
Description: Funds will provide benches for a school
devastated by the war.
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: Three hundred plus students this year and
more in the years to come.
Local input: Community will replace doors and
windows looted during the war.
Status: Grantee has withdrawn funds.

Project Number: SSH 04-660-06
Project Name: Salvation Army
Location: Plateau de Bateke, Bandundu
Dollar Amount: $5,000
Description: Purchasing a corn-sheller and a generator
to run the sheller. Presently women and children shell the
corn manually. Sheller will increase efficiency and
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: Growers, harvesters, and consumers of
Plateau de Bateke.
Local input: Salvation Army provides fuel, maintenance,
and labor for the sheller.
Status: Grantee will be withdrawing funds
this week.

Project Number: SSH 04-660-07
Project Name: Assainissement du Milieu Urbain
Location: Kananga, Kasai Occidental
Dollar Amount: $5,000
Description: Providing basic hand tools to aid the city
of Kananga in manually cleaning up their city.
Date Obligated: September 10, 2004
Beneficiaries: The population of Kananga,
approximately 1,100,000 persons.
Local input: The population of Kananga will provide the
manual labor necessary to make their city a cleaner,
healthier, and safer place.
Status: Grantee has not provided all the
necessary proforma.


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