UKAID funded cash voucher supports 4,042 families

Monday 7 December 2020

 

Raju, 32 is one numerous individuals from low income families affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic hit hard, he was making a decent living as a tailor in his village. He could make up to 4,000 (NRP) monthly, which was not much but it ensured him a dignified life.

A person living with disability, Raju is the only member of his family and does not have any one to depend on. Except for the hut he lives on he does not own any land. With the onset of COVID-19 around the country, he became one of many people who did not have work. There were no clients at his tailoring shop and he could not make his usual monthly income. He had to resort to asking his relatives and neighbours for help, which were not always given easily.

Funded by UKAID, Save the Children with local partner Ratyauli Yuwa Club initiated cash voucher assistance program for the most affected households of Jaleshwor Municipality of Mahottari district. Receiver of the cash/commodity voucher, which was conducted through an online banking method, would be able to redeem it for food items, including hygiene materials like soaps, shampoo, brush/toothpaste and even sanitary pads. Through this program, Raju was able to procure food and hygiene supplies worth NPR. 13,000.

While speaking to one of the Save the Children staff, Raju said, “I am relieved I do not have to ask around for food and skip meals.”

Rahul Singh, member of the Ward Child Protection Committee added, “The cash voucher program was much needed. People like Raju and low income families with children will not have to suffer due to lack of food.”

Raju awaits his turn at the voucher exchange centre

With funding support from UK Aid, Save the Children, CARE, Action Aid, Handicap International, Rural Reconstruction Nepal have started a voucher assistance program. A voucher worth NPR 13,000 was provided  to each household to support food and non-food items. A total of 4,042 families belonging to six municipalities of Saptari, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Parsa, and Banke were supported under this initiative.