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Govt Increases Emergency Cash Transfers Amidst Drought Crisis

In response to the ongoing drought situation affecting vulnerable households across Zambia, the government has announced an expansion of the Emergency Cash Transfers program, with over 720,000 additional new households set to benefit.

Community Development and Social Services Minister, Doreen Mwamba, underscored the urgency of this measure, stating that the increased number of beneficiaries reflects the government’s commitment to addressing the hardships faced by many families due to the drought.

Minister Mwamba highlighted that the Ministry is currently conducting a national assessment and enumeration to devise comprehensive strategies and response measures to mitigate the impact of the drought on communities.

During a courtesy visit to Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo in Ndola District, Minister Mwamba urged community members to actively participate in identifying beneficiaries, emphasizing the importance of community engagement in the distribution process.

“The disbursement of these Emergency Cash Transfers is testament to Government’s dedication to the well-being of all citizens,” stated Minister Mwamba, reaffirming the government’s resolve to provide support during challenging times.

In acknowledgment of the Ministry’s efforts, Minister Matambo commended the effective implementation of social protection programs, emphasizing the crucial role they play in supporting vulnerable individuals and families within communities.

Minister Mwamba’s visit to Copperbelt Province also included inspections of various social protection programs being implemented in the region. 

She additionally presided over this year’s Labour Day commemoration in Kalulushi District, emphasizing the government’s commitment to labor rights and welfare.

During her visit to Ndola, Minister Mwamba toured the Insakwe Child Approved Centre, which provides shelter and support for girls in contact with the law. 

Furthermore, she observed rural payments of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) and visited the Village of Joy Childcare facility in Kaniki area, reaffirming the government’s dedication to safeguarding the well-being of vulnerable individuals, particularly children.

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