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[PCUSANEWS] Self-Development of People approves 44 projects

Date 31 Jan 2003 15:57:11 -0500

Note #7580 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

Self-Development of People approves 44 projects
January 31, 2003

Self-Development of People approves 44 projects

Committee invests $662,198 in a broad range of programs 

by Evan Silverstein

LOS ANGELES - The National Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of
People (SDOP) approved funding for 44 projects totaling $662.198 during a
meeting here Jan. 24-25.
Money for the projects will come from the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.

	SDOP gives members and non-members of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
opportunities to establish partnerships with poor, oppressed and
disadvantaged people in the United States and around the world. The
committee's investments are intended to help people reach their potential and
gain independence.

These projects were approved:

	* Lagrange Village Council (LVC), Toledo, Ohio, $10,000: to help fund
development of a community Citizen's Patrol to monitor and report on
neighborhood crime.
	* Alliance for African Assistance Minnesota, Moorhead, MN, $10,000:
to empower African refugees for self-reliance and community growth.
	* Committee for the Preservation of Immigrant Families,
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, $10,000: to provide training emphasizing leadership
development, community building, self-esteem and advocacy for Latino
	* ECOVIDA, Chicago, Illinois, $30,000: to help a group of community
residents, mainly young adults from Latin America, buy a vacant lot for
expanding an urban farming program in low-income neighborhood.	
	* Anishinaabe Center, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, $10,000: to empower
the Anishinaabe people with knowledge and skills to overcome legal and
political oppression and advocate for government and democratic reform on the
White Earth Reserve. 
	* Wabanaki Arts Center, Old Town, ME, $20,000: for a display and
sales center for Indian ash and basketry made by members of the Maine Indian
Basketmakers Alliance. 
	* Bridgeport ACORN East Side, Bridgeport, CT, $35,000: to be used for
increased police protection and revitalizing the east side and east end of
Bridgeport, among the city's poorest areas.
	* Rhode Island ACORN, Providence, RI, $20,000: for
neighborhood-organizing project seeking "to gain more dignity, respect and
power" for members and other low-income Rhode Island residents.
	* Strengthen Our Sisters Inc., Hewitt, NJ, $25,000: for the Spirit of
the Law Self-Help Clinic, a group of economically poor, physically and
emotionally oppressed homeless and battered women seeking legal support and
guidance in court procedures.
	* Cooperative Action Program of Southern McDowell County, (CAPS),
Panther, WV, $20,000: to help fund CAPS, organized to raise members' standard
of living by focusing on health, nutrition, education and advocacy.
	* Bay Area Women Coalition, Inc., Mobile and Pritchard, AL, $25,000:
for organizing a community development cooperation to focus on job
development, job training and educational awareness for residents in the
Trinity Gardens section of Mobile and Pritchard, AL.
	* Eastside Concerned Citizens Inc., Savannah, Georgia, $26,000: for a
project designed to strengthen the family by focusing on health care, youth
development, continued adult education, employment training and placement,
environmental and economic education and homeownership.
	* Farmers Cooperative & Community Development Association,
Greeleyville, SC, $20,000: to provide employment, income, training and
increase food supplies for low-income farm families.
	* Bandy Community Center, Bandy, VA, $10,000: to buy heating,
ventilating and air-conditioning equipment for the 12-year-old Bandy
Community Center in rural southwestern Virginia.
	* The Mayan People, Lake Worth, FL, $15,600: to hire an employee and
help fund communication information through a three-hour live radio broadcast
each week using at least three-to-five language translations. Guests will
provide information about immigration regulations, obtaining a driver's
license, medical assistance, jobs and starting a business.
	* Between Ages Community Organization, Hollister, NC, $33,468: to
purchase van for a senior citizens health-focus group.
	* Concerned Citizens of Tillery, Tillery, NC, $30,000: for focusing
on four broad but connected themes: commitment to the struggle for racial
justice; initiating and nurturing community-based economic development;
encouraging political participation and empowerment; and developing
community-based health care.
	* Immigrant and Refugee Asian Seniors, Miami, FL, $15,000: to reduce
isolation and gain skills in English and create income for self-sufficiency.
	* Lao Iu Mien Cultural Association, Inc., Oakland, CA, $25,000: to
complete cultural center facility.
	* Ksanka Language Commission, Elmo, MT, $30,000: language restoration
project to revive and preserve the Ksanka Native-American language.
	* Klamath-Trinity Non-Emergency Transportation, Willow Creek, CA,
$30,000: to establish a feeder transportation system linking nine northern
California communities within a 50-mile radius of Willow Creek to the county
bus system.
	* Women of the Community, Tomaulipas, Mexico, $9,710: for group of
seven low-income women to buy necessary equipment and materials to develop
handcrafts and clothing for their community to earn income for basic
	* Mushroom Young Farmer's Group, Mekaf, Menchum NW, and Cameroon,
$13,000: to help 10 young community members develop a mushroom production
	* Self-Development of People Committee, Prakasam District, India,
$10,110: to help a group of mostly Dalit Christians become self-sufficient by
establishing a training and production center for garment production.
	* Besaniya Development Association, Kampala, Uganda, $7,058: to
provide housing and employment by building houses and raising crops.
	* Sikyomu Community Concern Group, Kabule, Uganda, $18,540: for
agricultural development program with goal of training women in sustainable
agricultural practices, including organic farming, soil and water
conservation, tree planting, animal husbandry and use of natural pesticides.
	* Groupment Solim, Bethlehem Sok, Togo, $10,672: to expand
cooperative farm by 75 acres and purchase equipment such as plows, oxen and
vehicle for transporting produce to market.
	* Badidima Group, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, $28,700:
for 18 women who farm together to cooperatively purchase a vehicle to
transport products to market.
	* Commune Initiative Group of Yam Producers, Adamoava, Cameroon,
$4,564: to help further a cooperative yam farm by providing oxen, a water
pump and other equipment to cultivate the land.
	* Chaithanya Women's Group, Podili, Andhra Pradesh, India, $5,413: to
help a group of 10 widows raise buffaloes for milk and dung for fuel to sell
neighbors and area residents for additional income.  
	* Katekwan Farming Group, Kumi, Uganda, $6,700: to help farming group
avert famine by replacing current variety of the cassava plant, an area food
staple, with virus-resistant variety while increasing income through excess
	* Generation de L" Esperance, Mbe, Adamaona, Cameroon, $5,241: for a
10-acre yam farm and fruit orchard to improve resources for medical,
nutritional and educational needs.
	* Calvary Mixed Farming Group, Bamenda, Cameroon, $15,300: for a
cooperative to build a hatchery, purchase an incubator and raise chickens to
	* Rajeswari Yuvathi Mahila Mandali, Pulivendula, India, $1,904: to
purchase necessary machinery and raw materials for producing garments.
	* Thien-Thien Phu (God's Giving), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, $10,000:
to help 29 people from low-income families produce and sell dried, instant
food such as squid and shrimp to local stores at reasonable prices to improve
community economy.
	* Hiluka Group, Ludema, Iringa, Tanzania, $6,166: to help 10 people
farm maize for food and selling to area residents.
	* Ufunuo Women Development, Shinyanga Region, Tanzania, $8,884: for a
small-scale milk-processing project.
	* Kagando Disabled Womens Association, Kagando, Uganda, $4,820: to
help seven disabled women purchase a maize mill to grind corn for the
community to earn extra income.
	* Small World Counseling Health Education Association, Kasese,
Uganda, $5,295: to establish a "piggery" to generate income for 30 families
to improve nutritional status of the families and surrounding community while
empowering participants in community growth.
	* Nomadic Tribal Women's Group (the Indigenous People), Chengam
Taluk, India, $6,075: for manufacturing of traditional Lambadi dresses and
	* ATEK Development Association, Soroti, Eastern Uganda, $4,856: to
help eight farm families purchase 16 oxen, eight heifers, related equipment
and training to cultivate and improve yield.
	* Varalakahmi Fishermen Group, Kothapatmnam A.P. India, $16,562: to
purchase motors, boats and nets.
	* Ngandu Women's Poultry Project, Mukdno, Uganda, $9,450: to help the
group raise exotic poultry for egg production and grow sunflower and maize
for feed.
	* Women's Union of Ococa (Grupo UMO), Ococa, San Jose, Costa Rica,
$3,110: to help a cooperative of four women, who produce and sell homemade
tortillas, incorporate four new women to meet expanding client-base.
		The national committee also certified 29 presbytery and four
synod-level SDOP committees to allocate funding for local projects. The
synods are Alaska-Northwest, Lakes and Prairies, Southern California and
Hawaii, and The Sun. The presbyteries are Albany, Cayuga-Syracuse, Charlotte,
Detroit, East Tennessee, Geneva, Giddings-Lovejoy, James, Lake Erie, Lake
Michigan, Los Ranchos, Miami, Monmouth, New Brunswick, Northern Waters,
Pacific, Palisades, Philadelphia, Redwoods, St. Augustine, San Diego, San
Francisco, San Gabriel, San Jose, Santa Fe, Sierra Blanca, Sierra Mission
Partnership, West Virginia, and Western North Carolina.

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