Beneficiaries of the C19NALPER Project in Vandeikya LGA of Benue State on Tuesday 21st July 2020 received their second cashouts of 22,000 Naira as a palliative in meeting basic needs in the face of Covid-19 pandemic.

The cashout is part of Covid-19 strict containment measures by the Christian Aid and UKaid and is being implemented by the Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative in 16 communities in Agatu, Kwande, Oju and Vandeikya LGAs of Benue State.

Ruth Ajene, Media Director of Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative, who represented her Executive Director Dr. Helen Teghtegh, said community protection committees were set up in all the 16 communities of intervention and a total number of 240 persons trained to strengthen the campaign for Gender-Based Violence Protection and response mechanism to safeguarding women and girls.

Earlier in June this year, the C19NALPER which is being implemented in communities in Agatu, Kwande, Oju, and Vandeikya Local Government Areas of Benue State through the support of Christian Aid and UKaid began distribution of cash and other non-food items to beneficiaries across 16 communities in the four LGAs.

While thanking Christian Aid and UKaid, Chief Emmanuel Ogbu in Ameka, OjuLGA observed that his subjects have accepted the use of face masks and are striving to maintain personal hygiene as part of the COVID19 protocols to be observed at all times and thanked the donors for the cash support.

Mr. Tabat Baba, Christian Aid WASH coordinator while speaking on behalf of the donor organization said the project targets 10,000 households to be sensitized on COVID 19 and 740 beneficiaries will receive a monthly stipend of 22,000 Naira to help cushion the effects and curtail the spread of the virus with accurate messaging, campaigns and community engagements.

In his remarks, Mr. Mathias Eje, a beneficiary appreciated the intervention and especially the inclusiveness of Persons With Disabilities, noting that the cash gift came in handy and will go a long way in serving the beneficiaries.