Government through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), in July, with funding from World Bank, resumed the SCTP. Previously, the program was funded by the European Union (EU), with technical support from UNICEF and implemented by the Ministry of Gender.
In Bomi County, where the SCTP got underway on 20 July, a total of 1,854 individuals, who include many that are labor constrained, ultra-poor as well as those from households affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have so far benefitted.
The cash distribution which came handy ahead of Liberia’s 168th Independence Day, added a boost to the July 26 celebration, as thousands of beneficiaries in both counties received a bulk six-month payment.
July 26, each year, is celebrated as Liberia’s Independence Day. This year’s celebrations were co-hosted by Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties.
At the Klay District, Bomi County payment point on payment day-four, several beneficiaries were seen in joyous mood, with many showering praises on the GoL and its partners for introducing the SCTP, which they described as a timely and worthwhile venture for the poor and the needy.
“God will continue to bless the Government and these people who are helping us,” Tenneh Sonnie, a female beneficiary remarked.
Daniel Howard, an SCT beneficiary for two years now, said: “We did not work for this money and the people are just giving it to us, God will surely bless them.”
For his part, Varney Z. Seh, who is a third-year beneficiary of the SCT, thanked the GoL for the initiative and stated that he would use his latest payment to expand his pottery business previously established as a result of the first two payments he received from the program.
“The way the people brought the money on time, the ‘26 will really be grand,” a female beneficiary, Bendu Ngafuan, happily said.
Since its launch in Liberia, the SCTP which is intended to mitigate the impact of the EVD on loss of household incomes and decline of livelihoods in the country has gained prominence as an “Ebola Virus Disease Response” among relevant United Nations agencies, NGOs and the GoL.
The program seeks to impact a total of 3,800 existing beneficiaries in Maryland and Bomi, as well as additionally providing support to some 6,700 other individuals, who are labor constrained, ultra-poor and from EVD affected households, in six other counties up to December 2015.
Since its resumption, through the SCTP, Government and the World Bank have also made available foster grants to children rendered orphans as a result of the Ebola epidemic that plagued the country in 2014 and the early parts of 2015.
Beneficiaries in Maryland County so far, number a total of 1,754, with several individuals of Maryland County’s Karluway #1 Clan, Karluway District; and those in Gwelekpoken, Nyorken, Whojay Clans and Barrobo Districts, also receiving payments.
Scores of beneficiaries in Zerpeh Clan, Senjeh District; Upper Zor Clan, Dowein District; as well as those in Gorblah and Kpo Clan, Klay District, all in Bomi County have received payments ranging from over LD 10,000 to nearly LD 26,000 respectively.
The mode of the payment exercise, which varies according to family size, is meant to bridge the poverty gap in Liberia.
The mode of payment includes those falling within the single individual household category, who have been receiving US$20; those within the two-person-family household have been paid US$30; and those falling in the category of the three-person-family household have received US$40.
Beneficiaries within the category of four-person-family household and above have benefitted US$50, while children in foster care in Bomi and Maryland have been receiving a monthly assistance package of per capital foster grant of US$10.