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Date: 11/03/2009 Description: Uniformed school girls from Sierra Leone who use scholarships and grants to help continue their educations. © USAID ImageIn Sierra Leone, Scholarships Help Girls Stay In School
November 2009:
This year in Sierra Leone, 3,000 girls and 1,200 boys across six districts have benefited from a $2 million program focused here. But competition for scholarships is tough. At one school, 48 students were selected from among 689 candidates. Full Story



Date: 07/01/2009 Description: Africa Regional Service Team in Paris pictured with the Group Meritorious Award received for work done during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. © State Dept Image

July 2009: The employees of the Africa Regional Service-Paris (ARS) Team received a Group Meritorious Award in recognition of the sustained, exceptional work done throughout the yearlong 2008 U.S. presidential election. In support of U.S. Missions in Africa and Haiti, ARS strived to explain the historical election of the first Black American president to people in their host countries. This election had special resonance to people all over the world and a special resonance for Africans, who have always taken a special interest in America's racial relations. Barack Obama's election as the first Black American president was therefore particularly significant for them, and their interest in a man whose father and family hailed from Africa was insatiable. View larger picture


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