15 000 OVCs to Start Receiving Grants This Year

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare says 15 000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) will be added to its grant payment system this year.

The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa, said on Monday, that by October 2013, 146 870 OVCs had been registered with the ministry to receive grants.

She said during the debate on the ministry’s N$721 million budget allocation for the 201415 financial year in Parliament that N$539,3 million will go towards the Care and Protection of Children Programme.

This programme is aimed at developing and planning the implementation of different standards and guidelines, the provision of professional services, the monitoring and evaluation of child welfare programmes, staff capacity-building, social welfare grants for orphans and vulnerable children as well as providing subsidies for residential child care facilities.

Nghidinwa said that in line with the ministry’s international, regional and national commitments and obligations, it adheres to the principles of taking care and protecting children under the age of 18 years.

“This is to ensure that vulnerability due to conditions such as HIV-AIDS and poverty are mitigated, and that our children develop into productive citizens as they grow up and realise their full potential as citizens of this beautiful country,” she added.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced during his State of the Nation address last week that the OVCs grant will be increased from N$200 to N$250 per child a month during the 201415 financial year.

Source : The Namibian