State releases Sh1.5 billion for various groups and students in need

Principal Secretary Anne Wang’ombe

The Government, through the State Department of Gender and Affirmative Action, has released Sh1.5 billion to support affirmative action groups in all 47 counties in various programmes.

The funds will cover school scholarships for students from vulnerable households as mandated by the National Government’s Affirmative Action Fund.

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Of the total amount, Sh273 million has been disbursed to support scholarships and bursaries for 25,000 students to enable them access educational opportunities and develop skills.

The Fund has also disbursed Ksh 413 million to support 2,000 registered affirmative action groups with grants for socio-economic empowerment and value-added initiatives.

“The grants are intended to increase the disposable income levels of the beneficiaries to improve livelihoods through business development” Principal Secretary Anne Wang’ombe

In addition, the Fund has disbursed Ksh677 million in projects across the county whose benefits will be available to a wide cross-section of community residents across the 47 counties.

“In this regard, the Fund will continue to support the prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence, including through the construction of centers against gender-based violence; sociocultural development, including talent development; provision of water facilities and other social services aimed at providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive through the BETA economic model,” he added.

To ensure continuous interaction with the community, the Fund has disbursed Ksh 137 million for civic education to sensitize the community on various government programs and policies, how to access NGAAF funds and other transferred funds.

Civic education forums are intended to ensure greater acceptance of government programs.

Grant recipients are affirmative action groups that successfully submitted their applications and met eligibility criteria to receive funding through NGAAF county offices in all 47 counties by April 3, 2024.

“The respective NGAAF Fund offices in the county have reached out to individual beneficiaries for immediate support. “The State Department is aware of the Government’s unwavering commitment to improving the livelihoods of affirmative action groups and improving access to financial facilities and services,” the PS said.

“To this end, the Department of State will ensure that no one is left behind among all deserving individuals and groups in accessing NGAAF programs and services,” Wang’ombe said.


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