Moses Otai, the Country Director Child Fund, says their country office decided to reallocate the available funds to respond to the emerging needs of vulnerable households in the communities they serve in 28 districts across the Country.
Children from Katakwi
Child Fund International has disbursed
1. 4 billion Shillings to nine of its partners to make cash transfers to 29,000 households because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Moses Otai, the Country Director Child
Fund, says their country office decided to reallocate the available funds to
respond to the emerging needs of vulnerable households in the communities they
serve in 28 districts across the Country.
He says the money was meant for Education,
health and livelihood programs for May and April this year. Otai however, since
they are not implementing the projects they have decided to support the
households that have been greatly affected by the lockdown.
He reveals that they will disburse the money to the households through mobile money, banks and other
appropriate platforms available to the families. According to Otai, rural
households will receive Shillings 50, 000 while urban households will receive 100,000 Shillings.
“This contribution to vulnerable households is
intended to enable families to access immediate hygiene kits including hand
washing facilities, as well as meet the basic needs in the households. Child
Fund has also been supporting awareness efforts on prevention and control of
COVI019 through messages aired on different media platforms across the
country.” Otai said.
Asked for how long the support is supposed to
take the households, Otai said that for now it is for a month and hopefully
they will review the process to see what next. "The endeavors are part of our response to complement
the government of Uganda actions in responding to COVID19 including supporting
the most vulnerable families," he adds.
The implementing partners are Acholi Child and Family Program
in Gulu, Masindi Child Development Federation, Lango Child and Community
Development Federation, Community Efforts for Child Empowerment in Kiboga, and
Kampala Area Federation of Communities.
Others are Jinja Area Communities Federation in Jinja,
Partners for Children Worldwide in Soroti, Mbale Area Federation of Communities
in Mbale and Busia Area Communities Federation.