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Cablegate: Zimbabwe - Ambassador's Special Self-Help Program Formal

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R 080936Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3397

UNCLAS HARARE 000784

STATE FOR AF/EPS

STATE PASS USAID WASHDC FOR AFR/DP, AFR/SA

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID KPRP XA ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE - AMBASSADOR'S SPECIAL SELF-HELP PROGRAM FORMAL
REPORT FOR 2007

REF: STATE

1. Summary: Post has focused funding the following areas based on
the current harsh economic and political climate and the HIV/AIDS
pandemic: communities, children and orphans, schools, water
development projects and income generation. During the election
period from mid March for the next three months because of the
political insecurity and violence no visits were made to self help
projects. Communication in the cities and especially in the rural
areas is extremely difficult. End Summary.

2. Following is the formal report on projects of American Embassy
Harare's FY 2007 Self Help allowance of $100,000. Post does not
anticipate returning any money for reallocation. Funds were
obligated on September 30, 2007. At this time all the projects
remain open.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-01
Grantee Name - Hatcliff Vocational Skills and Training
Amount of grant - $15,000

Description: A vocational and skills training center. The purpose
is to train approximately 160 members of the community in skills
such as carpentry and metal fabrication. The students are provided
the skills needed to contribute to the construction of their own
homes and to earn income. Self help funds were used to purchase
carpentry and welding equipment. Total amount liquidated:
$12,680.00; total amount unliquidated: $2,320.00. Number of
beneficiaries: 160 members plus their families.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-02
Grantee Name - Harare Metro Highfield Masimba
Amount of grant - $15,000

Description: Highfield Masimba is a group of mothers with disabled
children who are earning an income by producing high quality hand
made paper products. They make the hand made paper then sell to
different reputable companies. The project provides them with a
sustainable business that improves the quality of life for them and
their children. Self Help funds were used for the construction of
the work shed, papermaking equipment, labor and materials. Total
amount liquidated: $11,236.00; total amount unliquidated:
$3,764.00. Number of beneficiaries: 45 mothers with 44 disabled
children plus the families.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-03
Grantee Name - Kavunikwa Primary School
Amount of grant - $15,000

Description: They are a highly organized and motivated community
who have built a primary facility for their more than 400 students.
They have built a three room school block. The self help funds were
used for building materials to complete the 3 room block. Total
amount liquidated: $15,000.00; total amount unliquidated: $0.00.
Number of beneficiaries: 400 students and their families.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-04
Grantee Name - Ginyihupho Care Center
Amount of grant - $5,000

Description: The center cares for orphaned children and elderly.
They plan to establish a carpentry shop utilizing the skills of some
of the elderly. They will build coffins to sell to the neighboring
hospital. They also hope to purchase sewing machines to begin a
sewing project to produce school uniforms which are needed in the
community. The money raised from these two projects will help
support the center. This project has not yet been funded as it was
impossible to visit during the election period due to violence in
the area. They also have no phone service or communication. We
hope to visit the site in the near future and since it is a small
grant, provide them with the necessary materials to complete their
project. Total amount liquidated: $0.00; total amount
unliquidated: $5,000. Number of beneficiaries: 50 people
including the elderly and the orphans at the center.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-05
Grantee Name - Katsenga SDA Secondary School
Amount of grant - $5,000

Description: Katsenga SDA Secondary School is a secondary school in
a rural area with an enrollment of 361 students. The school is
surrounded by families whose livelihood is primarily substance
farming. They requested a grinding mill to provide funds to raise
school fees, materials and future school expansion. The self help
funds were used to purchase the grinding mill. Total amount
liquidated: $5,000; total amount unliquidated: $0.00. Number of
beneficiaries: 361 students and their families.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-06

Grantee Name - Karori Primary School
Amount of grant - $3,000

Description: The school was funded by a community of commercial
farmers about 25 years ago. Most of the farmers have left the area.
The school was in need of a new roof. Self Help funds were used to
purchase thatching grass and labor for a new roof. Total amount
liquidated: $3,000; total amount unliquidated: $0.00. Number of
beneficiaries: 342 students, 8 teachers and their families.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-07
Grantee Name - Takunda Miedzo Skills Training Center
Amount of grant - $12,000

Description: Takunda Miedzo Skills Training Center was established
in 2005 and is run by qualified trainers in carpentry and welding.
The aim of the center is to equip young people in the community with
skills to become self reliant. Self help funds were used to
purchase carpentry equipment. Total amount liquidated: $12,000;
total amount unliquidated: $0.00. Number of beneficiaries: 40
trainees at a time. Once a group is trained, they take new
members.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-08
Grantee Name - Chivaradzo OVC Center
Amount of grant - $6,000

Description: A former school cook matron founded Chivaridzo in 2006
and now feeds up to 70 orphans from ages 2 to 17 years once a week.
The children are in dire need of nutritional and school fee support.
She requested sewing machines and material to begin production of
school uniforms by a group of volunteers. These will be sold to
families of children in 14 schools in the area. Funds from the sale
of the uniforms finance the lunches which will increase from once
weekly to daily and to provide a small return to the volunteers.
Self help funds were used to purchase sewing machines and some start
up material. Total amount liquidated: $5,527.00; total amount
unliquidated: $473.00. Number of beneficiaries: 70 children plus
volunteers.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-09
Grantee Name - Bitika Secondary School
Amount of grant - $ 12,000

Description: The school was established in 2003. This is a
community effort to build a two block classroom structure for a
secondary school. The community is well organized and prepared the
area and collected some of the materials for the construction. Self
Help funds were used to purchase construction material for the
school blocks. Total amount liquidated: $12,000; total amount
unliquidated: $0.00. Number of beneficiaries: 250 students, 12
teachers and 500 community members.

Agreement Number - IAA-07-613-10
Grantee Name - Kondozi Farm Employee Project
Amount of grant - $12,000

Description: Most of the ex-Kondozi estate workers are unemployed
and do not have access to potable water. The boreholes supply water
for about 2,000 people. The boreholes enable the workers to grow
crops on their small plots for their own consumption and for cash.
The borehole is accessible to the entire community. Total amount
liquidated: $12,000; total amount unliquidated: $0.00. Number of
beneficiaries: 2,000 people.


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