$2m aid for vul­ner­a­ble house­holds

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

THE Gov­ern­ment dis­bursed over $2 mil­lion to more than 52 000 vul­ner­a­ble house­holds in the coun­try be­tween Jan­uary and June this year.

An­nounc­ing the Mid Term Pol­icy Re­view on Thurs­day last week, the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Pa­trick Chi­na­masa said ben­e­fi­cia­ries were iden­ti­fied from el­derly and child headed fam­i­lies.

The as­sis­tance comes at a time when the Gov­ern­ment is im­port­ing grain to cush­ion fam­i­lies from food short­ages due to this year’s drought.

The Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to­wards the vul­ner­a­ble ful­fils Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s dec­la­ra­tion that no one would die of hunger in the coun­try.

Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said cash trans­fers amount­ing to over $2 mil­lion were made to vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies.

“Dur­ing the first half of the year, the bud­get dis­bursed $1, 7 mil­lion to­wards 52 000 house­holds headed by the el­derly and or­phans in the form of cash trans­fers, with an ad­di­tional $350 000 dis­bursed in sup­port of peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties,” said Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa.

He said Trea­sury availed grain worth $3 mil­lion to about 626 200 food dis­tressed house­holds and paid fees for over 20 000 pupils un­der the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion As­sis­tance Mod­ule (Beam) fa­cil­ity.

“Fur­ther­more, $2 mil­lion was dis­bursed to­wards ex­am­i­na­tion fee sup­port for around 20 000 vul­ner­a­ble school­child­ren un­der the BEAM pro­gramme,” he said.

“This was com­ple­mented by devel­op­ment part­ner sup­port through UNICEF, which dis­bursed $9, 3 mil­lion out of the 2016 pro­jec­tion of $25, 3 mil­lion for child pro­tec­tion pro­grammes for or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.”

He said child pro­tec­tion dis­burse­ments were done through di­rect cash trans­fers, pro­cure­ment of com­modi­ties and sup­plies of food, medicines, and vac­cines, among oth­ers.

Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa said the coun­try has re­ceived over $470 mil­lion from devel­op­ment part­ners.— @nqot­shili

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