The government will, this year, inject GH¢200 million into the implementation of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and GH¢500 million in the School Feeding Programme (SFP) to expand the number of beneficiaries and reduce poverty in Ghana.
Government would also provide $200 to each LEAP beneficiary and equip them with entrepreneurial skills after exiting the programme, in order to be financially independent.
It is expected that 1. 6 million Ghanaians comprising 350,000 extremely poor households would benefit from LEAP this year, while 2.6 million children are expected to benefit from the School Feeding programme.
Dr Rita Owusu-Amankwa, the Director at the Social Protection Directorate, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, announced this at the premiering of a video documentary on the impact of the LEAP programme in Accra.
The documentary, organised by the IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, a policy think tank, provided opportunity for stakeholders to understand the impact and challenges of the LEAP implementation in Sissala West in the Upper West, Shia-Osudoku District in the Greater Accra Region and Kintampo South District.
Dr Owusu-Amankwa said each LEAP beneficiary is supposed to enjoy free healthcare under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and urged beneficiaries who have not registered under the Scheme to do so.
Responding to the assertion that some LEAP beneficiaries walk about 50 to 70 kilometres to collect their grants, she said the Department of Social Welfare, the programme implementers, had set up collection points within five kilometers radius.
source : ganaweb