ACF Awards Grant Funding to American Samoa Communities and Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, July 30, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Administration for Native Americans (ANA) recently awarded five urgent single-source grants totaling $312,605, to fund projects designed to mitigate the impact of the devastation caused by the tsunami that seriously damaged American Samoa on September 29, 2009.

“Recovering from a natural disaster is a gradual process,” said Lillian Sparks, Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans. “These funds will help support the efforts in rebuilding the communities of American Samoa and eventually help the victims return their lives to a desired degree of stability.”

The land area of American Samoa is 72 square miles, slightly more than Washington, D.C. Thirty-two people were killed and 277 homes, schools, businesses, and transportation systems were destroyed as a result of the devastating tsunami.

Four non-profit organizations and one local government agency will receive funds for projects that will address a variety of recovery activities, including the recording of accounts of the tsunami experience, developing a recovery plan, organizing youth cleanup activities, creating disaster preparedness programs, developing a community market, and building capacity through training community members in traditional farming, handicraft making, and home businesses.

“The aftermath of the 2009 tsunami left people in American Samoa traumatized and in need of assistance to re-start their lives,” said David A. Hansell, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These funds will help provide the resources to assist those victims who have suffered a tremendous loss.”

Details on the five urgent single-source American Samoa grants are provided in the Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-07-06/html/2010-16312.htm

For more information on the Administration for Native Americans visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana/

 

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