The U.S. Embassy yesterday honored 10 Samoan organizations and two individuals at a Grantee Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Residence Vailima.
The organizations received funding from the U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2017 Public Diplomacy Grants programme as well as other funding support.
The two individuals are participants of the United States’ International Visitor Leadership Programme.
Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, who was the Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum, congratulated the recipients.
This year’s grants total more than $200,000.
The Public Diplomacy Grants Programme is a small competitive programme offering grants of up to US$5,000 to local non-government organizations to strengthen democracy, engage youth, promote U.S.-Samoa links, address environmental and health issues, advance science and technology, increase respect for civil society and the rule of law, advance human rights and women’s rights.
The International Visitor Leadership Programme (I.V.L.P.) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme.
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience America firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
The U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2017 Public Diplomacy Grants Recipients are as follows;
1. 1Touch Ministry
2. Samoa Institute of Sports
3. Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD)
4. Women in Business (WIBDI)
5. Emerging Artists - Events, Marketing and Distribution (EMD)
6. Samoa Gridiron - St. Joseph’s College
7. Samoa Voyaging Society
8. Vaiala Beach School
9. Nelson Memorial Library – American Corner
10. Rotary Club of Apia
11. IVLP 2017 – Dwayne Bentley (programme completed)
12. IVLP 2017 – Olive Kaio (programme pending – September 2017)