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Kenyans urged to register orphans to benefit from grant

19 August 2014, 13:01

Nairobi - Mvita Member of Parliament, Abdulswamad Shariff, has urged residents of his constituency to register orphans to enable them benefit from the government-sponsored monthly payment programme.

Sharrif said that the committee that oversaw the programme had agreed that the registration of orphans should be done annually and hence the need for the orphans to be registered during this period.

“We have agreed with our local Mvita Constituency Social Welfare Committee that registration shall be annual. This is to ensure transparency,” said Shariff.

He added that the applicants should be vetted in order to ensure that the beneficiaries were deserving cases.

"All applicants shall be vetted physically. Awarding of the payment shall be based on priority and the most vulnerable shall be the ones to benefit first by merit,” he said.

The monthly payment programme targeting orphans is part of the Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT) first began in 2007 under the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI).

Government funds the programme to provide a bi-monthly stipend to elderly, disabled as well as orphaned persons.

It caters for Kenya's most poor and vulnerable communities with the Postal Corporation of Kenya is the designated payment agent.

- CAJ News

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