Save the children, UN-Habitat and the EU partner in cash transfer initiative for residents of Mogadishu

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Save the Children has disbursed the first tranche of direct cash transfers of USD 60 each to 400 households in Hodan District, which will continue for the next 4 months in an emergency project which is funded by European Union (EU) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

In the coming weeks, the project aims at providing this monthly cash relief, for 4 months to a total of 3,309 households in three districts in Mogadishu namely, Hodan Kahda and Dharkenley.

Save the Children’s Child Poverty Reduction Deputy Programme Manager in South-Central Somalia, Ismail Maalim Ali, reiterated Save the Children’s commitment as well as the commitments of the EU and UN-HABITAT in delivering programs that are supporting the most disadvantaged groups of the society; especially now as residents deal with the after-economic effects of the pandemic and the drought

 “The impact of COVID-19 was greatly felt among the families who earned their daily bread through casual labor work. The intervention of UNHABITAT project has supported many families with cash transfer and enabled them to provide food for their children and families after they lost their only source of income,” he said.

 Mama Shamsa*, a 58-year-old grandmother who is a beneficiary of the project expressed her joy in this intervention saying, “Before this aid, there are times my grandchildren would sleep hungry because neither their mother nor I got any luck searching for casual work within our area. Their father is ill and cannot work for his children.”

“The cash transfer I received this month and the next transfers will help me buy food as well as pay Madrasa fees of my two grandchildren. If I had enough money, I could have opened a small kiosk within my neighborhood so that I can be able to provide enough food for my grandchildren,” added Mama Shamsa*.

 This direct cash based intervention is in the second phase of the  EU Response to Health and Socio–economic Impact of COVID-19 in Mogadishu project.