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U.S. Ambassador Martin
J. Silverstein joined officials from the Fund of the Americas
and Uruguay to sign contracts with 21 non-government organizations
Tuesday (March 9).
More than 120 representatives from the NGOs attended the
signing ceremony, held in the “Lucia Clavier”
room of the Colegio San Francisco de Sales.
“Average citizens are often in the best position to
solve the social and environmental problems their local
communities face, “ Ambassador Silverstein said during
the ceremony. “The people of the United States of
America are proud to support the people in Uruguay in this
pursuit of a better life for their children and grandchildren.”
The president of the organization, Dr. Alba Peralta Doglio,
thanked the U.S. government for its support of social and
environmental projects in Uruguay as well as the school
for hosting the ceremony.
“I’d like to…mention
especially the resources that the government of the US has
always given to our affiliates, and the advice and support
that they have provided us,” she said.
The contracts, totaling U$S 571,162, were given to organizations
selected in a competition organized by the Fund of the Americas.
Among the 21 projects selected this year, 10 are aimed at
improving or protecting the environment and 11 others are
related to improving lives of children and families.
The director of the Office of Budget and Planning, Accountant
Ariel Davrieux said, “Twenty-one projects have been
effectively approved all dealing with the environment and
childhood. One can see the breadth of themes covered in
the titles of the various organizations…There was
no discrimination made on the basis of beliefs, not a single
exclusion made by the approving governments.”
The Fund of the Americas was created June 25, 2003, by an
agreement between the governments of Uruguay and the United
States of America in order to promote activities for the
conservation, protection, or administration of Uruguay’s
natural and biological resources in a sustainable and ecologically
safe manner, while at the same time promoting improvements
in child development and education.
To date, the Fund of the Americas has financed 81 projects
worth some five million dollars throughout the country.
The non-government organizations and their projects funded
this year are as follows:
- The Uruguayan Group for the Study and
Conservation of Birds – effective conservation of
the ‘important bird conservation areas” in the
- The Civil Association “Montevideo Capital”
– Green Light for Maracaná
- The Eco-Family for Familiar Integration – Mission
Possible: Experimental Project
- Solidarity for Homeless Families – Eco-neighborhood
- Society for the Rural Promotion of Colonia Antonio Rubio
– plan for environmental betterment
- The Rotary Club: La Paz – A ‘Rotary Environment’
- Uruguayan League Against Tuberculosis – education
and prevention of tuberculosis, in both schools and communities
- City Foundation Montevideo – promotion of an environmental
culture in the public schools of Uruguay
- The Association for Civil Solidarity – experimental
center for the development of social ecology
- The Association of Progressive Teachers in Environmental
Education – Native Plants, Trees, and Bushes of Uruguay:
Their Uses and Conservation
- San Antonio de Padua Foundation – Hopscotch
- The Civil Association: The Child’s House –
The Child: Art and Sharing
- The Civil Association: Providence – A Different
Proposal: To Educate for Life, a Responsibility
- Hope: The Association for Social Security and Culture
– construction of a Kid’s Club: “Hope”
- Foundation of the Institution of Man – Rural Tools
for the Strength and Development of Youth in the Community
- Center for the Promotion of Human Dignity – integrated
center for the promotion of street/homeless families
- Civil Association: Home “the Footprint” –
Children: Friends to the Earth
- Civil Association: Friends and Parents of Tacuarembo’s
Handicapped – hydrotherapy service
- The Civil Association: the Organization of San Vincente
– park project
- Institute for the Socio-Economic Promotion of Uruguay
– Regional North Littoral – Towards a Better
Integration of Boys and Girls
- The Civil Association: The Green Munchkins – Stimulating
the Potential of Children and Their Families
|Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein (third
from left) speaks during Fund of the Americas ceremony.
Others, from left: Omar J. Sellanes, secretary of the
Fund; Dr. Alba Peralta Doglio, Fund president, and Ariel
Davrieux, director of the Office of Budget and Planning.
||Officials sign donation
contracts with 21 NGOs.
congratulates a representative from a Civil Association,
Green Munchkins, one of the NGOs awarded a contract.
||From left: Mrs. Audrey
Silverstein, Ce.Pro.Di.H Director Adriana Abraham, Ambassador