Cash For LEAP Beneficiaries
Seventy Two thousand (72,000) beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme are set to receive cash ranging from GH¢96 to GH¢180 across the country per household from 14-18 October, 2013, a release from the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry has disclosed.
The LEAP Programme is a government social intervention cash transfer to the poorest households in Ghana aimed at empowering the extremely poor, disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable people. It will cover payment for four months.
Ghana’s Social Protection interventions seek to reduce poverty and inequality in the country.
The Government of Ghana implements approximately 25 social intervention programmes to provide social assistance, empowerment and capacity enhancement for the pro-poor.
These interventions are aimed at reducing poverty, vulnerability and diminishing the exposure to risks in order to ensure minimum standard of dignity and wellbeing.
LEAP falls under the social protection mandate of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, which focuses on empowering the vulnerable, excluded, aged and persons with disabilities.
Significantly, about 7,860 persons with disability currently in the various households benefit from bi-monthly cash grant transfer programme.
This number is estimated to increase by December, 2013 as the programme expands to cover a total of 100,000 households.
Through the LEAP bi-monthly payment of GH¢24.00 per beneficiary, GH¢30 per two beneficiaries, GH¢36 per three beneficiaries and GH¢45 per four beneficiaries, many households and individuals have been able to provide their basic needs and gained access to education, health and food.
Beneficiaries have also had some capital to start small-scale business ventures for sustainable income to ultimately stay out of abject poverty.
LEAP also monitors and ensures that its beneficiaries enroll with the National Health Insurance Scheme and that children attend school regularly and are immunized.
As the country strives to attain improved economic status, it is important that we ensure equitable and sustainable development towards a positive social change by putting in place such interventions that would address issues of vulnerability, it noted.
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