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USAID Pacific in Samoa
Awards $500,000 to Adventist Disaster Relief Agency
June 9, 2023

USAID supports climate change resilience, economic growth and the safety and well-being of women and children

Two women pose with a presentation certificate
USAID Deputy Dirctor Ms Betty Chung presents grantee certificate to ADRA Samoa Country Director Su’a Julia Wallwork to officially launch the Pacific American Fund – Mau i le Too project.

Apia, Samoa – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Pacific American Fund, has awarded US$532,608.43 to Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) Samoa to support vulnerable families to reduce vulnerabilities to climate change and promote resilience, economic growth and the safety and well-being of women and children in Samoa.

ADRA Samoa will work with low or no income, women-headed households, abandoned families, and those with disabilities to build their capacity, knowledge, and understanding of key issues such as resilient agriculture, financial literacy, violence against women and children, economic growth and community disaster climate risk management.

“In Samoan communities, many of the most vulnerable households, particularly those headed by women, live in remote and inaccessible parts of designated family land.” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Betty Chung.

A group of women pose together
USAID Deputy Director Ms Betty Chung, Minister of Women, Commnity and Social Development, Honorable Leota Laki Sio, ADRA Samoa Country Director, Sua Julia Wallwork, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Noriko Horiuchi, and USAID Senior Development Advisor, Michael Glees.

“That is why the US Government is proud to support ADRA Samoa who, through this US$532,608.43 award, will be working with these vulnerable families to address climate change and promote resilience, economic growth, and the safety and well-being of women and children” said Deputy Mission Director Chung.

ADRA Samoa joins 19 other organizations as USAID Pacific American Fund grantees across the Pacific region, working to enhance climate change resilience and adaptation as well as improve the lives of Pacific Islanders.

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Pacific American Fund is a five-year grant facility that addresses critical development challenges across 12 Pacific Island Countries, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The goal of PAF is to improve the quality of life in vulnerable communities and to improve access to essential services across the region. The principal means by which the Fund supports PICs is through its core grant-making facility and associated capacity building activities.