Grants to help the vulnerable

Two Midlothian organisations have been awarded grants from the Scottish Government to help support some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Penicuik-based Friends of Chitmambo has been awarded more than £35,000 to strengthen emergency care in the Chitambo district of Zambia.

Youth Economic Justice, based in Gorebridge, received £10,000 to investigate opportunities for the women of Madya Pradesh, India.

The project with the Friends of Chitambo aims to improve emergency care provisions in Chitambo and reduce morbidity and mortality rates through a better communications network with the rural health clinics, community health workers and traditional birth attendants.

Youth Economic Justice will use the money to identify training and additional needs of young women involved in aquaculture project in the Madhya Pradesh region of India. They will also look at the links with natural resource management and conservation activities.

Minister for International Development, Humza Yousaf. said: “Working with smaller agencies, such as friends of Chitambo and Youth Economic Jusitice, opens the door to new solutions. This is the power of the small grants programme, it helps organisations at home realise their ambitions it helps the Scottish Government fulfil its role as a good global citizen.