The Department of Children Services in Makueni County has kicked off an exercise aimed at up scaling the number of beneficiaries under the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Cash Transfer programme (OVC-CT).
Makueni Children officer Rasto Omollo told KNA Friday in his office that the exercise targets to recruit 1,400 orphaned and vulnerable children across the county bringing the total number of the beneficiaries under the programme to 7,000.
“Currently we have 5,600 beneficiaries who receive the bi-monthly stipend of KShs 4,000 and with the up scaling the programme will have a great impact in the lives of many orphaned and vulnerable children,” he said.
The children officer added that the department has already issued forms to households for filling and disclosed that the criteria that will be used will ensure that there is no duplication of other programmes in the targeted households.
“We are aware that there are several programmes being carried out by Non -Governmental Organizations targeting orphaned and vulnerable children but we shall conduct a thorough exercise to ensure nobody benefits from two programmes,” said Omollo.
He added that the selection of the new beneficiaries will be done at the location level and that priority will be given to areas that had not been covered by both the OVC and elderly persons cash transfer programmes.
“Mbuvo,Mutyamabua,Kithumba and Wote are some of the locations that have been targeted for the mass selection since they are not covered by any programme, ”said the Children Officer.
By Roselyne Kavoo