In a bid to mitigate the socio-economic hardships imposed by COVID-19 on poor families, ChildFund is implementing an unconditional cash transfer program in 9 countries in Africa.
ChildFund International Africa Regional Director,Victor Koyi, says to date, the organization has disbursed over One million eight hundred fifty four thousand one hundred and thirty four us dollars, to 76,685 families in Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique.
Mr. Koyi says each family receives an average of USD 30 every month to help them meet basic needs.
In Zambia, they are currently conducting beneficiary verification exercise of the caseloads received from the Department of Social Welfare commenced in Luangwa and Chilanga districts.
The organization already has One million eight hundred thousand kwacha for disbursement to 4,355 households (2,250 in Chilanga and 2,105 in Luangwa)
These are families who struggled daily to feed themselves even before COVID-19 and have now lost incomes because of the pandemic and restrictions to contain its spread.
He notes that unfortunately, this initiative is a drop in the ocean, given the remaining population that needs to be supported.
He says based on the impact that this program has achieved so far, there is need to scale up to reach more deserving families.
Mr. Koyi has called for the addressing of the challenges facing cash transfer programs.
Local leaders e.g., chiefs should be involved in the identification of beneficiaries.