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5,509 vulnerable households benefit from USAID cash transfer project in Zamfara 

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5,509 vulnerable households benefit from USAID cash transfer project in Zamfara 

A total of 5,509 vulnerable households in Zamfara have benefited from cash Transfer scheme of the USAID funded Integrated Child Health and Social Services (ICHSSA-4) project between 2022 and 2023.

The Chief of the Party to the project, Dr Joseph Inyang disclosed this at the inauguration of the 380 beneficiaries of the project in Gusau on Friday.

The ICHSSA project being implemented by Pro-Health International in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Six states of the country. 

The states are Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi in the North west, Adamawa Bauchi and Taraba states in the North East region of Nigeria. 

Inyang said the project provide cash transfer to the beneficiaries, “each of the 380 selected beneficiaries across the 14 Local Government Areas of the state received N15,000 as one off financial support. 

According to him,the beneficiaries comprised males and females vulnerable households. 

“The project also distributes start-up kits to 10 vocational adolescents graduates.

“the ICHSSA-4 is designed to improve the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children and their households by mitigating the impact of HIV and other causes of vulnerability through sustainable, integrated and comprehensive quality service delibery. 

“The cash transfer was designed to provide immediate financial relief, empowering the the beneficiaries to take care of their education, healthcare or entrepreneurial ventures.”, Inyang explained. 

According to him, within one year after the commencement of the project, a total of 5,509 beneficiaries comprising males and females vulnerable households have so far benefited from the project across the state under its Household Economic Strengthening Services.

The Project’s Chief further disclosed that, “a total of 32,064 vulnerable households have so far benefited from this project in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states, while 106,857 vulnerable households graduated from Six states across the country”.

“We appreciate the kind support to Gov Dauda Lawal, his cabinets and other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the project in the state”, Inyang added.

In her remarks,  Wife of the State Deputy Governor, Barrister Rukayya Malam-Mani commended the USAID and implementors of the project in the state. 

Barrister Rukayya assured state government’s commitments to continue partnering with the international donors in the fight against poverty, unemployment as well as empowering vulnerable households in the state. 

She called on the beneficiaries to utilise both financial and material support given to them judiciously in order to contribute to their future development.

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