United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Harry Thomas Jr has hailed projects implemented by women in the country saying despite the current economic meltdown and political crisis they were helping put food on the tables of many families.
Addressing grantees of the $265, 000 self-help projects funded by the United States government in Harare on Monday, Harry Thomas Jr said the developments done by women and girls in Zimbabwe without capital, were more inspiring than stories hitting the headlines every day.
“I am inspired by Zimbabwean women who work despite the state of the economy in the country. Without capital, they can still find a way to put food on the table for their families,” he said.
Ambassador Thomas applauded the grantees for their commitment to changing the lives of less privileged in society.
“I am happy as we are gathered here to celebrate your commitment to changing lives, and your success in being selected to receive a US Embassy grant,” said Ambassador Thomas.
Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr said that the projects between America and Zimbabwe were very important as they brings the two countries together. “Importantly, all of these two programs bring Americans and Zimbabwe closer together. For many of your communities, this maybe their first introduction to the United States and to our positive contributions in Zimbabwe,” he said.
United States Embassy in Harare granted a total of $265.000 in grants to diverse organizations working in nine provinces around the country.
The grant was distributed to organizations from the country’s nine provinces Magwegwe Development Trust in Bulawayo; Shearly Cripps Children’s Home in Mashonaland East; Girls Legacy in Mashonaland East; Rifa Conservation Education Camp in Mashonaland West; Maranatha Orphans Care Trust in Matabeleland South; Women’s Development Association in Gwanda, among others.
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