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Vulnerable groups in Bomet receive Gov’t stipends

The Government has released a total of Sh145.6 million to the 18,200 older persons in Bomet County who are enrolled under the Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT).

Speaking to KNA Monday, Bomet County Director of Social Services Mr. Okatch Achuodho said a further Sh4.32 million has been released to the county’s 540 households enrolled in the Cash Transfer for Persons with Severe Disabilities (PWSD-CT) in the county.

He said these monies also cover the first four months of this financial year including July, August, September and October with each individual beneficiary or household receiving Sh2,000 every month to cushion them against their vulnerably and help improve livelihoods of these households.

But the National Treasury normally releases a lump sum of several months, hence the beneficiaries received a total of Sh8, 000 in their bank accounts from last month for the four months.

The money is usually channeled through various bank accounts opened by the beneficiary at a bank and pay point that is convenient to them.

To benefit from the Cash Transfer for Persons with Severe Disabilities, one must be categorized as extremely poor and vulnerable or have a member with a severe disability and be registered with National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) and also not be enrolled in any other Cash Transfer program.

The PWSD-CT program targets persons with Severe Disabilities who need permanent care, including feeding, toiletry and protection from danger by other persons.

A caregiver must therefore offer full-time support to ensure their needs are attended to, which denies the caregivers enough time to engage in other income-generating activities.

By Mabel Keya-Shikuku

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