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