By Donstance Koroma
The Program Manager, Social Safety Net, National Commission for Social Action, Regina Sia Saffa have intimated that they had commenced the disbursement of five hundred thousand Leone each to a little over one thousand households in the Western Rural district to the tune of 1.5 billion Leones with funds from the World Bank and the government of Sierra Leone.
According to the program manager the motive of the social safety net is to help financial the poorest of the poor every three months to take care of domestic expenditures and increased household
She stated that the commission is using the recent Sierra Leone Household Indicator Survey 2018 to identify poorer communities across the country
As it stands the said project is in ten districts across the country that kick started in 2014 and now at its exist stage madam Saffa noted.
Originally, she continued, the project was designed for three years but due to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the project was interrupted hence the reason why we are paying them once and for all and target new areas she emphasized.
She said thirty six pay points had been identified in the Western Rural district to enable staff to disburse the said amount to the little over one thousand households with ease.
Before any disbursement, the program manager added, beneficiaries are trained on nutrition and good health, hygiene and sanitation practices, the value of education and financial literacy with regards the management of finances at home and how to invest into small businesses.