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N.dollars 2 million allocated to taking children off the streets

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The gender ministry has allocated N.dollars 2 million to start the process of transferring all street children to ‘Farm Kaukurus’ which the government recently acquired.This was revealed by Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social We…

The gender ministry has allocated N.dollars 2 million to start the process of transferring all street children to ‘Farm Kaukurus’ which the government recently acquired.

This was revealed by Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Doreen Sioka on Wednesday in the National Assembly, while motivating the ministry’s N.dollars 5.4 billion budget for the 2021/22 financial year.

She said the ministry through the childcare and protection division plans to provide basic logistical support to Farm Kaukurus no. 79, Unit B, a resettlement farm the ministry acquired for the purpose of addressing the complex challenges of children living and working on the streets.

Sioka said the ministry under the same division will also spend about N.dollars 70 million to ensuring the provision of childcare and protection services, food and rations for 140 children in need of protective services placed at children’s homes, 148 children enrolled in the after-school centre school integration programme, as well as the provision of subsidies to 23 private residential childcare facilities.

She said the bulk of the ministerial operational budgetary allocation of up to N.dollars 5 billion goes towards the provision of social safety nets to the poor and vulnerable Namibians.

“The total numbers of social grant beneficiaries administered by the ministry currently stands at 334 260 vulnerable children, 191 153 pensioners, and 46 559 persons with disabilities, respectively,” she said, adding that the food bank programme is currently benefiting 42 081 urban and peri-urban households across all 14 regions.

Furthermore, as part of the ministry’s mandate to improve access to quality early childhood development (ECD) programmes and services, they provide monthly subsidies to 1 307 ECD edu-carers from 981 ECD centres.

“There are 824 learners from various marginalised communities enrolled at respective primary and secondary schools in various regions, benefiting from the Education Support Programme under this main division; and 346 students are registered at tertiary institutions across the country,” Sioka highlighted further.

The ministry offered financial support to 65 students with disabilities at tertiary institutions during the 2020/21 financial year. It further supported 273 persons with severe disabilities, by providing them with basic supplies such as nappies, formula, portable showers and toilets.

Source: Namibia Press Agency