Poor families in Zimbabwe to receive cash grants

Students in Zimbabwe

Over 80,000 poor households in Zimbabwe are to benefit from a cash transfer programme aimed at helping them meet their immediate needs for food, education and health care.

The households will receive at least 25 US dollars per month.

The programme which is funded jointly by the government of Zimbabwe, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and others will run for three years.

The programme is targeting households headed by children or grandparents, households with large numbers of dependents and those with the chronically ill or persons living with disabilities. 

UNICEF representative in Zimbabwe Dr. Peter Salama says the cash transfers were pivotal in protecting children from poverty, harm and abuse and will contribute to the realization of children's rights.

 "This is a grant for the very poorest families currently unable to meet their basic food requirements. It’s not aimed at making these families by any means wealthy or self supporting, it's aimed at taking them above the food poverty line. What we have seen from other countries such as Malawi and Kenya, where we have done this sort of minimum cash grant, is that even this modest sum of money can be the difference between having one meal a day or three meals a day for the family or the difference between the decision to send a girl child to school or not. It’s basic and its minimum but it does make a difference."

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