Tigray Emergency Response with Multipurpose Cash

World Vision Ethiopia is responding to people affected by multiple crises in Tigray Region. 

Desert locust, recurrent drought and COVID-19 fueled high market prices for food.
The recent conflict between the regional government and Ethiopian government massively affected peoples’ livelihoods and coping capabilities. 

World Vision Ethiopia started to respond through multi-purpose cash assistance to people affected by the disaster in seven districts of the region from February-April 2021.

The targeted beneficiaries were registered using LMMS and the cash distribution to beneficiaries also handled by LMMS. 

The LMMS system helped the distribution to be a quick, transparent, accountable, and easy cash distribution that enhanced beneficiaries’ satisfaction and reach. 

In total, 8931 households (49,121 individuals) IDP (Internally Displaced People) and host communities were registered using LMMS. 

Digital identity was created and plastic ID cards were provided for the beneficiaries to transact with the payment agency. The contracted Bank Berhan Bank staffs were well trained on LMMS and conducted the cash distribution. The cash distribution happened at the Bank branch and at closest distribution centers to beneficiaries.
Accordingly, World Vision Ethiopia was able to distribute $518,372 using LMMS. 

Author:  Solomon Bekele – Head, Cash & Digital Business Unit – World Vision Ethiopia   

Multipurpose cash assistance addresses immediate needs to vulnerable families affected by Tigray crisis

World Vision has provided 20 million Birr (over US$ 515,000) multipurpose cash assistance to the most vulnerable families affected by the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia. The cash assistance is set to address the immediate needs of 49,121 individuals including sponsored children and internally displaced people who came from different parts of Tigray. The intervention will also cover targeted beneficiaries in all the seven area programmes. 

“Thank you very much for providing us with this cash support. Today is a market day. I will buy some foodstuff from the market to feed my children,” said a 45-year-old woman, Leteberhan, a mother of five and head the household from Wukro town. 

Breho Woldu, another mother of five is from Enderta District. During the war, she and her children spent days without food. Through the cash assistance, Breho can now buy some foodstuff for her children. “I bought 50 kilograms of wheat and cooking oil for the family,” she said.

Kassa Kiros, 70, has been in Gute, in eastern Wollega for the last 36 years. Kassa along with her three grandchildren fled the area due to insecurity in the area. Kassa explains what she did with cash she received, “I have bought ‘teff’, 50 kilograms of wheat, and cooking oil.”

Tigray emergency respose, cash assistance

Thus far, 12 million Birr (just under US$ 300,000) of the total allotted budget has been distributed. “We have completed distribution at Enderta, Wukro, Medebay Zana, and Asgede Tsimbila Area Programmes. Distribution for Samre, Alamata, and Gulo Makeda Area Programmes will start soon,” said Awoke Degaga, Cash Programming Specialist for World Vision.
Originally published on wvi.org 

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