Merankabandi : a project to help financially families living in extreme poverty and vulnerability

The Burundian head of state, Pierre Nkurunziza, proceeded on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in Ruyigi (eastern Burundi), at the official launch of the “Merankabandi” social safety net project, a project aimed at providing regular cash transfers to households with children up to 12 years of age who live in extreme poverty and vulnerability in selected areas of the country.

According to the head of state, this project plans to reach 48,000 beneficiaries in four provinces, namely Ruyigi, Karusi, Gitega and Kirundo, providing each household every two months over a two-year period. half, a sum of 40,000 FBu. President Nkurunziza said the Burundi government is committed to fighting poverty, through projects that are developed and implemented so that people can develop and develop their homeland. He gave the example of the National Development Project, which was designed by the Burundians themselves, in collaboration with 70 experts, to fight against poverty and develop the country in the next 10 years.

According to the head of state, the government expects from this project that the vulnerable leave total poverty, eat well, get treatment and send their children to school like the others.

This, he said, demands that these vulnerable have the courage to leave this poverty. To this end, he asked the administrators of the four selected provinces to teach the population lessons of change of mentality. He said that all Burundians are involved in this policy. He thanked the Burundians who invested in creating industries, associations and livestock and agriculture projects and which gave jobs to Burundians.

The Burundian head of state asked NGOs and other partners who support Burundi in development projects to follow the good example of the World Bank.

He urged the officers to follow the projects of the NGOs and associations to check that they perform their mission validly. The government will spare no effort to ensure that the vulnerable are properly assisted, said President Nkurunziza, who called on all Burundians to stand together and help each other. The Minister with Solidarity in his attributions, Mr. Martin Nivyabandi and the representative of the World Bank all came back on the benefits of this project.

Mr. Nivyabandi said the goal of the project is to provide regular cash transfers to households with children up to 12 years of age who live in extreme poverty and vulnerability in selected areas of the country.

According to him, the four provinces were selected with reference to the rate of income poverty and the rate of chronic malnutrition. These provinces of intervention of the project include 16 municipalities in which 240 hills will be selected. Minister Nivyabandi said that to date, the first cash transfers to beneficiaries have already taken place in all the selected hills of Ruyigi province.

It should be noted that the number of households already paid on 60 hills in Ruyigi province is 11,648. The latter have already received 600,485,000 FBu in cash transfers, it was learned. Ruyigi was chosen as a pilot province, and the second phase of implementation of the project has just started in Karusi province.

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