Australia provides Direct Assistance to Samoan communities

Students of Sa’asa’ai Primary School, one of several schools in Savai’i that received assistance under Australia’s Direct Aid Programme.

APIA: THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015: Australia continues to support the social and economic development of Samoan communities through its Direct Aid Program (DAP), a small grants program.

At a Signing Ceremony that took place at the Australian High Commission this week, more than ST$300,000 was made available to twelve successful grant applicants from around Upolu and Savai’i.

The grant recipients are community groups at the grassroots level that sought assistance to reduce economic and social hardships.

The funds approved for each successful application in this round of grants range from more than ST$20,000 to ST$60,000.

The Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford stated at the Signing Ceremony how pleased she was to be providing this supplementary funding directly to the communities.

“I am very happy to further support Samoa’s communities in areas of education and community development.”

High Commissioner Langford emphasised the importance of supporting areas such as education as “good education and good grounding for young Samoans will lead to good choices in careers and the future.”

The majority of recipients for this round are Preschool and Primary schools.

Some of the schools representatives present at the signing ceremony

Some of the schools representatives present at the signing ceremony

The twelve recipients for this DAP round are:

  1. Taeaoaena Methodist Preschool, Sataua, Savai’i – provision of desks, chairs, reading books and IT equipment
  2. ABC Academy, Asau, Savai’i – provision of desks & chairs, floor tiles, upgrading of classrooms
  3. Pu’apu’a Preschool, Pu’apu’a, Savai’i – provision for school building, fence, reading books and resources
  4. Vailele Learning Centre – 40’ container converted into a reading lab
  5. Tufutafoe Primary School – building project (School Canteen), desks and chairs
  6. Tafua-tai Primary School, Savai’i – upgrade of library facility and materials
  7. Sa’asa’ai Preschool, Savai’i – playground equipment
  8. Auala EFKS Preschool, Auala, Savai’i – Security fence and playground equipment
  9. Aopo Primary School – Lawn mowing project
  10. Samauga & Lefagaoali’i Primary School – weed cutters for school grounds
  11. Sa’asa’ai Primary School – school desks and chairs
  12. Safune Primary School – upgrade of toilet facilities

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is an integral part of Australia’s overseas development contribution. The purpose of DAP is to provide small grants to enable short term, small scale development activities/projects.

Activities or projects that can be considered for funding include projects that alleviate poverty and disadvantage, community health projects, projects targeting schools/education, small scale infrastructure projects, and rural development & environment projects.

DAP application forms and guidelines are available from the reception of the Australian High Commission, Beach Road, Apia.