The U.S Embassy compound at Vailima was the venue of a very special occasion yesterday.
The celebration was the presentation of certificates to 10 recipients of the 2016 U.S Embassy Apia Public Diplomacy Grant Scheme.
They received small grants from $10,000 to $12,000 to help them with their projects.
The recipients were: The Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (S.R.O.S), Samoa National Youth Council (S.N.Y.C), Nobesity Samoa, Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development, Rugby Academy Samoa, Samoa Fa’afafine Association, Soifua Manuia Samoa, Filet685 Productions, Nelson Memorial Library-American Corner, and Future Leaders of the Pacific 2016 Candidate- Ms. Rachel Tominiko.
The Chargé d’Affaires for U.S Embassy in Samoa, Angelina Wilkinson congratulated the recipients for their perseverance.
“I understand that becoming a recipient of one of the U.S Embassy Apia’s 2016 Public Diplomacy Grants was not an easy task, but I am glad that you all held through the long winding process of securing funding for your projects.”
Ms. Angelina Wilkinson also highlighted the importance of the partnership between Samoa and the U.S through their Embassy in Apia.
“Samoa and the United States share a lot of important values like the values of democracy, religious freedom, fair economic opportunity, and human rights to name a few, and our countries also work together in a number of different areas.
“We consider it a privilege being able to continuously lend a helping hand to the Samoan Community.”
This Public Diplomacy Grants Program is a competitive program that offers small grants from $10,000-$12,000, to various organizations to strengthen democracy, engage youth and alumni, promote U.S-Samoa links, address climate change and health concerns, the advancement of human rights and women’s rights. This year’s grants totaled more than WST$100,000.
The main objective of the event was to recognize the efforts by these organizations and congratulate the recipients on receiving funding from the 2016 U.S Embassy Apia Public Diplomacy Grant Scheme.