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Pamela E. Bridgewater, Ambassador to Benin



Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater (center) with Mr. François Houdegamé (left of the Ambassador), Sub-Prefect, and residents of Akpro-Missérété near Porto-Novo, Benin, after ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of three wells financed by Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund.

Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater (left) with Mr. François Houdegamé (right), Sub-Prefect, and residents of Akpro-Missérété near Porto-Novo, Benin, after ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of three wells financed by Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund. Potable water transforms lives and improves health for rural villagers. (Photo taken November 21 2001 by Haoua Riley, SSH Coordinator, Embassy Cotonou)

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Background: 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 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 are initiated and administered by the local community. SSH funds finance only a portion of the total construction costs. A significant community contribution in cash, labor and/or local construction materials is required; hence the term "Self Help." From 2000 to 2001, eight wells water projects have been funded by the Self-Help Fund in Benin. The Special Self Help of the Ambassador in Benin has financed various projects throughout the country including: school construction, health clinics, wells, public sanitation, and women's training centers projects.

Ambassador Bridgewater: "I receive tremendous satisfaction from working to strengthen democratic institutions in Benin; enhance quality of life for Beninese, especially women and girls; support U.S. private sector initiatives; and promote people-to-people ties between our two historically linked countries."

Home State: Virginia

Visit Embassy Cotonou's website for more information about Ambassador Bridgewater and the embassy's work in Benin. For more ambassador profiles, click here.

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Additional Photo:

 Ambassador Bridgewater tours site of a two-phase project to restore the royal tombs of King Guezo and the wives of King Agonglo at the Historic Museum of Abomey
Ambassador Bridgewater tours site of a two-phase project to restore the royal tombs of King Guezo and the wives of King Agonglo at the Historic Museum of Abomey, after presenting a check from the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation to officials on August 24, 2001. From Row L to R: Mr. Tamadoho Epiphane, Representing the King of Abomey, Ambassador Pamela Bridewater inspecting the restoration Mrs. Rachida de Souza, Secretary General in the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Zancran Zephirin, Director of Cultural assets, Ministry of Culture. (Photo taken by Laurent Adjogan, Information Assistant, Embassy Cotonou.)


Released on August 13, 2002

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