Special Self Help Program
Ambassador's Special Self Help Program (SSH)
The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grassroots assistance program that allows U.S. Embassy to respond quickly to community initiated requests for small development projects. Through grants of less than $10,000, this program funds construction projects (schoolrooms, community centers, health facilities, school dormitories, et cetera), the purchase of income generating equipment, public sanitation projects, and so forth.
The Ambassador's Special Self Help Program (SSH) is a development program funded by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID). The program allows U.S. Ambassadors in developing countries to respond directly to the initiative and aspirations of local communities. SSH projects can often be quickly implemented and have a big impact -- making the program very valuable and highly appreciated at the grassroots level.
Special Self Help projects should be initiated and administered by the local community. SSH funds finance only a portion of the total costs. A significant community contribution in cash, labor and/or local construction materials is required, hence the term "self help.”
For more information, contact Mr. Quenum Cosme of the SSH office at the American Embassy, Cotonou, Benin.