A social safety need program that was launched in 2011, will finally start making disbursements to Sierra Leone’s poorest citizens.
The programme was launched by President Ernest Bai Koroma, in Magburaka, the headquarter town of Tonkolili – one of the country’s poorest districts. It is financed by a US$7 million grant from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), a US$300,000 grant from UNICEF, and US$1 million from the Government of Sierra Leone. Overall, the programme seeks to identify and assist poor and vulnerable households across the country, including those affected by the Ebola outbreak.
“The program will provide regular cash transfers to 21,000 extremely poor households, benefiting 126,000 people, including children, Ebola survivors, and other vulnerable people. Cash transfers will enable families to buy food, send children to school, and protect assets such as livestock.”