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Self-development of People Funds 11 Projects
25 May 1996 07:57:27
23 May 1996
96195 Self-development of People Funds 11 Projects
by Julian Shipp
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica--At its May 15-19 meeting here, the National
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, (SDOP) funded 11
projects totaling $271,788. Money for the grants comes from the One Great
Hour of Sharing offering.
The funded projects are:
Baku Cassava Processing Project, Baku Self-Initiative Farming Group,
Bali-Nyonga, Cameroon: $12,300 for the cultivation, harvesting, crushing
and processing of cassava into garri, tapioca, biscuits and industrial
Dairy Project, Mwenda Pole Self-Help Group, Bushenyi, Uganda: $16,000
for rearing dairy animals so that the standard of living of recipients will
be raised and enhanced via proceeds earned from the milk and by-products of
Tailoring, Kyangaranga Noi Women's Club, Bushenyi, Uganda: $2,724 to
train women to sew and mend clothing for their families and other people in
Northwest Austin Council, Chicago, Ill: $20,000 to an organization
that is working to improve the safety of a troubled and evolving Chicago
neighborhood. The organization is working to strengthen parents in the
community, combat drug abuse and gang intimidation, and form links between
neighbors and other organizations.
Homeless on the Move for Equality (H.O.M.E.), Chicago, Ill: $30,000 to
an organization that builds self-esteem and develops leaders among the
homeless in Chicago.
Self-Empowerment of Low-Income Families, (S.E.L.F.), Crookston, Minn:
$30,000 to an organization which encourages self-determination of
individuals and families living in poverty through workshops, referrals,
networking, training and social activities of the organization.
Mobile Production Studio, The Archives, Brooklyn, NY: $50,000 for the
purchase of a state-of-the-art video recording, editing and production
equipment van by a collective of visual, print and media artists currently
documenting black history. (In addition to economic benefits,) the group
hopes to provide an alternative view to that presented by the mainstream
media, so that blacks and others have an accurate perspective of their
Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization, Inc., Roanoke, Va:
$30,000 to an organization that provides low-income families with
affordable rental and home ownership opportunities in their neighborhood.
Acequia De Los Chicos "La Salada Repair," Velarde, N.M: $30,000 for a
water irrigation project to benefit poor and economically depressed farmers
and orchard growers.
Centro Hispano Community Board, Little Rock, Ark: $15,000 for a
Hispanic community program that helps meet the need for translators,
English classes and parent support groups; that supports use of local
resources and advoctes for better treatment of Hispanics by public entities
such as Immigration and Naturalization Services, motor vehicle licensing
Sunland Park Cooperative Daycare, Sunland, N.M: $35,764 for the
development of a daycare center which will provide income stability for a
group of women to support their families as well as serve as a model for
At the meeting Self-Development of People Committees were certified
in, 19 PC(USA) presbyteries: Lake Michigan Presbytery, Eastminster
Presbytery, Miami Presbytery, Muskingum Valley Presbytery, North Central
Iowa Presbytery, Homestead Presbytery, Chicago Presbytery, Whitewater
Valley Presbytery, Western North Carolina Presbytery, Albany Presbytery,
New York City Presbytery, Geneva Presbytery, Los Ranchos Presbytery,
Central Florida Presbytery, Providence Presbytery, Arkansas Presbytery,
Lackawanna Presbytery and Lake Erie Presbytery.
According to denominational guidelines, SDOP Committees must be
composed of a majority of persons who are representatives of racial/ethnic
minority groups. At least 75 percent of committee members should be members
of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Chairpersons must be Presbyterian.
Organized after the 182nd General Assembly (1970) of the former United
Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, SDOP is a ministry
that works to empower poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people who are
seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and
SDOP receives the majority of its funds from the One Great Hour of
Sharing Offering given annually during Lent by Presbyterians nationwide.
This ecumenical offering provides SDOP the opportunity to enter into
partnerships with communities worldwide. It also supports the Presbyterian
Hunger Program and Presbyterian World Service.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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