Ironhorses Haul Heavy Load for U.S. Embassy, Djibouti
By Wayne Campbell
(CJTFHOA) — In an effort to strengthen the friendship between
the United States and Djibouti, Marines and Soldiers attached
to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa helped
the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti deliver construction materials here.
from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron – 461 and the 1-294th Infantry
from Guam, delivered building supplies to rebuild the Dorra Youth
Center as part of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program,
according to Rachel Dorsey, self-help coordinator for the U.S.
the help from the military our only other option was to drive
the materials for a portion of the distance to the town and then
use camels for the rest of the distance,” said Dorsey.
management of the ambassador, the self-help coordinators decide
how to distribute U.S. Agency for International Development funds
for projects usually ranging $3,000 to $5,000, according to Dorsey.
in Djibouti hundreds of requests for funding are received and
because there is a limited budget only a small number of projects
are selected. The projects selected impact the greatest number
of people, have a community contribution of materials, labor or
cash amounting to no less than 25 percent of the total project
value, be within the means of the community to operate and self-sustaining,
goal of the program is to improve the quality of life through
small-scale development projects that are implemented at the lowest
level. A variety of projects have received Special Self-Help Funds
including digging wells, building cisterns, funding sewing and
computer workshops, funding vocational training for boys, agricultural
reinforcement through purchase of water pumps, seeds and tools,
as well as a variety of income generating and educational projects.
year we try to reach out to the remote areas and fund projects
in all the districts,” said Dorsey.
Special Self-Help Program in Sub-Saharan Africa falls under the
authority of the Development Assistance policy of the Foreign
Assistance Act of 1961, with such assistance funds appropriated
delegation of authority can be to ambassadors, making it possible
for them to respond to requests for assistance with small community
projects that promise to have immediate impact and may add to
the advancement of U.S. objectives.
This can often
be done within the basic structure of currently established community
programs. For example, under a road project, the community can
construct an essential footbridge, which has been virtually unusable
or nonexistent during rainy seasons or the financing of sewing
machines or other equipment can be arranged for a vocational training
project or an adult education organization.
communities would like to improve their living quarters or community
buildings but are unable to do so without SSH assistance in purchasing
a brick-making machine.
extend our heartfelt thanks to all those involved in making this
delivery of supplies to Dorra a reality,” said Dorsey.