The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has concluded the three months Emergency Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfer payment to the flood and fire victims of the June 3rd disaster.


At the final payment of the cash to the beneficiaries at Osu Alata and Osu Doku, the Acting Director of Social Protection, Mr. Richard Adjetey Joseph, announced the end of the emergency intervention.


According to him, the team in charge of the Leap Programme would begin an evaluation of the Emergency LEAP to ascertain the flood victims who still fall within the vulnerability bracket in order to roll them unto the main LEAP programme.


The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, on June 15, 2015 announced a four-million –Ghana-Cedi emergency LEAP intervention programme for the families who were affected by the floods.


An amount of GH¢100 were given to each beneficiary households every month for a period of cycles across five affected regions within the country.


A total of 11,102 households benefitted in the emergency intervention programme with the breakdown as follows, Greater Accra, 6,996, Volta, 996, Ashanti, 842, Central, 1,307 and Western, 961.


The Gender Ministry integrated the Emergency LEAP Cash transfer with a donation of relief items from DIRECT AID, a non-governmental organization from Kuwait to some affected communities across the country.


In an interaction with beneficiaries of the three cycle payments, they recounted how they lost their properties and relatives through the disaster and how the timely intervention of the Gender Ministry has helped them to start up some business.


They expressed appreciation to the government for the support but requested the government assisted them with other social protection programmes aside the cash grant.


Source: ISD (Karimatu Anas)

Created: 16 October 2015
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