|Celebrating 1,000 Matching Grants|
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman is presented with a citation of appreciation for USAID's matching grant assistance by Undersecretary Bai Mayan Sinsuat of the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM). Through its Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program, USAID matches, dollar for dollar, the funds raised by parent-teacher-associations (PTAs) to establish or improve small libraries, home economics rooms, science and computer laboratories, and multi-media centers in their schools. PTAs in 900 Mindanao elementary and high schools have raised more than $1 million, matched by USAID, for more than 1,000 matching grant projects benefiting approximately 600,000 students. USAID's GEM Program is implemented under the oversight of the Mindanao Development Authority.
Published in Manila Bulletin, October 18, 2011