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• The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $3,000 contract to the MaineGeneral Medical Center to provide a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE). The SAFE program allows for these specially trained health care providers to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to any needs of the Maine VA medical center within 90 minutes. The program also provides education and technical assistance to other health care providers in handling patients who have been sexually assaulted “and in the use of the Maine sex crimes kit for collection of evidence. This national model utilizes an interdisciplinary, community-based approach for the dignified and compassionate care and treatment of sexual assault patients.”

• The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $24 million contract to Winrock International to help with its Girls Leadership Empowerment through Education program in Mali, which aims to increase access to education for girls aged 10 to 18. “If key barriers to adolescent girls’ education are reduced, the safety of adolescent girls is increased in the school and community environments, and girls have the knowledge and support to adopt healthy behaviors, then access to education for adolescent girls will increase.” The program also contributes to other socioeconomic benefits, USAID says, including delaying motherhood, being healthier overall, higher earnings and “increased civic participation.” The research gained from the program will help Mali develop policies to help young girls in education and “inform … donor investments.”


• The National Park Services runs a system of libraries in national parks around the country and has awarded Enrichment Bookstore and Art Center with a $6,216 contract for more than 150 different books about slavery and African-American civil rights. The titles include “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northrup, a collection of Frederick Douglass speeches and “Slavery and the Making of America” by James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton. 

• The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the Interior Department awarded a $20,817 contract to Fury Site Works for “construction services” at the Newcastle Golf Club in Washington state, which was built near a closed mine tunnel at potential risk of collapse. If sinkholes or open shafts — which had been blocked off with dirt and wood — occur, the Interior Department is called in.