US government gives N2.9m to support orphaned children

US government gives N2.9m to support orphaned children

- The US diplomatic mission to Nigeria has announced a N2.9 million grant for orphans

- Some of the beneficiaries are five local communities in Apapa local government area

- The grant was to help Nigerian families in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic

On Friday, June 23, the US Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria announced a N2.9 million micro-grant to about 50 women caregivers to support the economic wellbeing of their families.

Beneficiaries are especially children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in five local communities in Apapa local government area of Lagos.

Acting US Consul General Will Steuer said: “The people and government of the United States continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria and Nigerian families in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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“Today’s event highlights the importance of supporting families, especially children who are affected by HIV/AIDS through programs that not only support treatment for the infected, but also to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of families affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as the PEPFAR Small Grants Program seeks to do.”

U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, a local non-governmental organization, Blissful Life for Women and Children, will provide training to the beneficiaries of the micro-grants in the areas of business and vocational skills and trade mentorship, and will receive trade articles and supplies.

Ten older orphans and vulnerable children whose parents are living with HIV will also benefit from the training.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported the United States of America has spoken about Nigeria as the latter continues to battle with agitations from the south-eastern part of the country for secession.

According to the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, the foreign country and one of the world powers would continue to support Nigeria’s unity. Symington said his country will continue to work towards the promotion of unity in Nigeria.

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Source: Naija.ng

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