The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection- Social Cash Transfer (SCT) Programme has completed payments to beneficiaries targeted and vetted under its programme.
With funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry, completed payment to 2,701 beneficiaries out of the 2,981 household heads vetted. These include people living in extreme poverty, as well as those whose sources of income have been hit by shock.
Three thousand (3,000) beneficiaries were initially targeted but only 2,981 met the criteria for the payments, out of which, 913 were males while 1,788 were females. They each received LD$17,600 (a little over US$200) covering four months, calculated at (LD$4,400.00 and/or US$50.00 per month) as part of efforts to reduce poverty in the country and increase the standard of living.
Those who did not turn up for their money were73 males and 139 females. The beneficiaries were identified in the various communities in consultation with community leaders to ensure that the program actually reaches the targeted beneficiaries, including Ebola survivors, as well as people with disabilities who meet the criteria, among others.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) – Social Cash Transfer Program Cluster-3 Coordinator, Sylvester Taylor says Bong County has approximately seventy-thousand (70,000), households.
“The Government of Liberia through UNDP was able to raise funding for at least 3,000 households or beneficiaries” he said. Taylor said during the sexercise by the Ministry, 4,442 beneficiaries were enlisted out of which 2,981 were successfully selected following thorough vetting and verification processes.
The SCT payments were carried out across eighteen (18) clans in eight (8) of Bong County’s eleven (11) Administrative districts. One of the beneficiaries, 86-year-old KorpoGayflor, lost eight (8) of her eleven (11) children, including her husband during the country’s 14 years civil unrest. She has since been surviving at the mercy of her three children and other kindhearted individuals.
“My three surviving children are the ones that I am depending on.My husband and the rest of my other children are dead. Only three (3) are alive now but, they are not working”, Korpo said in the Kpelle vernacular interpreted by one of her granddaughters.
Ma Korpo sayswith her share of LD$17,600.00, she hopes to build at least a hut in which she would dwell till ‘death’. “With this money, I want to build my own house (hut) where I will remain and die…The person (her husband) who should have built my house died and I could die anytime” she said.-Press release