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 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.
Each of the beneficiaries 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 were 73 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.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) Social Cash Transfer Program Cluster-3 Coordinator, Sylvester Taylor, says Bong County has approximately 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 exercise 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 18 clans in eight of Bong County’s 11 Administrative districts.
One of the beneficiaries, 86-year-old Korpo Gayflor, lost eight of her 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 are alive now but, they are not working,” Korpo said in the Kpelle vernacular interpreted by one of her granddaughters.
Ma Korpo says with her share of LD$17,600.00, she hopes to build a hut to live in.