Cash donation, relief items to Ashanti flood victims
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with its partners has donated various relief items to about 250 flood victims in the Asokore Mampong Municipality of the Ashanti region. The items which were made up of mattresses, gallons of cooking oil, bags of rice and tin tomato pastes were distributed to the victims by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, when she undertook a three-day working visit to the Ashanti region.
She was accompanied by her deputy, John Alexander Ackon and other officials of the ministry.
Speaking at a ceremony to donate the items, Nana Oye said each of the 250 households will receive a bag of rice, mattress, a blanket, a gallon of cooking oil, cans of tomato paste and school bags for the children.
“The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection would once again like to thank all who in diverse ways have complemented Government’s efforts at mitigating the effect of this disaster.”
She stated the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through its Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme has been leading the fight against extreme poverty.
“Through this, Ghana became the first country in Africa to attain MDG1, by reducing extreme poverty rates by half”.
According to the minister, 8,628 households in Ashanti are currently on the LEAP programme. An amount of GhC 522,462 is paid to these households during every cycle of payment.
The Ministry, she said is undertaking a targeted exercise to select 60000 more beneficiaries to add up to the current 90000 beneficiary households.
“5656 households in Ashanti will be added to the current number of beneficiaries. Indeed, the LEAP programme has impacted positively on beneficiary households. Many more children stay in school, and the local economy of beneficiary communities are improving,” she added.