United States Grants support local NGOs and Individuals

The US Ambassador Scott Brown with Talatalaga Matau Matafeo and Mose Mose getting support as Professional ICT Fellows

By Faye Seiuli

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 05 NOVEMBER 2018: The U.S. Embassy honoured 11 Samoan Non-Government Organizations and 10 Individuals at a Grantee Ceremony today at the U.S. Embassy Residence at Vailima.

These organizations received funding from the US Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants program.

The Grants Program offered up to US$10,000 to local non-government organizations. The grants covers various areas that include strengthening democracy, engage youth, promote US-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 individuals have or will participate in the United States Exchange Programs such as International Visitor Leadership Program and Professional Fellows Programs.

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.

“I understand that the U.S. Embassy, Apia has had an amazing year through all these involvement with the variety of projects within the communities,” said the US Ambassador Scott Brown.

“These are just a few of many important projects that we have participated in and have done this far in 2018 and we’re looking forward to supporting many, many, many more programs,” he said.

Fetoloai Yandall Alama – International Visitor Leadership Program with Ambassador Scott Brown

The Grantees of 2018 are:

Samoa Victim Support Group
Samoa Gridiron
Samoa Women’s Association of Growers
Taimua 2016
Animal Protection Society
Samoa Aids Foundation
Nobesity Samoa
Invest Golf
Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival
Turn a Life Around – American Corner Grant
Ministry of Education Sports & Culture – American Corner Grant

10 Individuals
Mose Mose – Professional ICT Fellows
Talatalaga Matau Matafeo – Professional ICT Fellows
Lenara Tuipoloa Utuva – Professional Tourism Fellows
Sheena Ng Lam-Stowers – Professional Tourism Fellows
Iulai Lesa – Professional Tourism Fellows
Liz Ah Hi – Google Labs Hoax Workshop
Vaitoa Toelupe – Alumni Exchange
Fetoloai Yandall-Alama – International Visitor Leadership Program
Lote Lima – International Visitor Leadership Program
Keni Lesa – INDOPACOM Exchange (November 2018)