Gender Ministry Begins Disbursing Funds To Ebola Affected Children

The Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MOGCSP) has begun the disbursement of US$270,000 to US$1,800 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) affected children in the country.

The process which began on July 2, 2015 at the Ministry’s head office in Monrovia is the third phase of the ‘One Off Cash Assistance’ which covers food and clothing is supported by UNICEF for EVD affected or infected children under age 18.

The Government of Liberia through UNICEF made available a family grant to assist with children affected by the Ebola virus and otherwise not able to provide care for their children due to the loss of their economic ability.

The initiative is expected to cover 14 counties in Liberia excluding Maryland County with Montserrado County alone recording 785 cases out of the total of 1,800 EVD affected children.

An amount of US$150 is being collected either directly or through a caregiver for each child while the on-going payment will run for the next one-week with Montserrado County taking the lead.

A total of US$150,000 was disbursed to 1,000 EVD affected children during the first phase of the initiative while 1,500 EVD affected children across the country received a total of US$225,000.

Those entitled to the grant include individuals or family who are primary caregivers of children affected or infected by the Ebola, children affected by the Ebola Virus Disease and are in foster care as well as children who survived the disease but lost all their possessions.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection strategy for payment are that cash will be paid on a particular day in Montserrado County through its office of financial management while payment in the remaining 13-counties will be conducted through the county’s Gender office.