The first round of GESS 2020 Cash Transfers has been completed. Over 410,000 Cash Transfers have been delivered to girls in every corner of South Sudan.
That means that we’ve reached girls in 3,886 schools across all ten states of South Sudan. We’re happy to disclose that we paid 100% of validated girls in Pibor. This is one of the toughest areas to work in when it comes to girls’ education, and it is a great achievement.
A few schools remain – those affected by heavy flooding or conflict – and we will pay these girls as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety of our committed colleagues and payment agents is of the utmost concern. We want to thank these teams – hundreds of individuals who have traveled across the country to ensure that girls are given a lifeline during this difficult time.
We’d also like to thank State Ministries of General Education and Instruction who have been monitoring the payments and ensuring that the money remains safely in the hands of girls. We would also like to extend a huge thank you for the continued support of our donors – UK aid and Global Affairs Canada – who continue to prioritise support for the most marginalised. This support is helping to continue learning and to aspire to return to schools once they safely reopen.
We fast-tracked Cash Transfers in order to support girls and their families to respond to COVID-19 and the increased economic need of girls’ households, despite school closures.This video explains how we executed a nationwide exercise during a pandemic:
Cash Transfers are one of the most effective ways to support people during a crisis. In addition to replacing lost income from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, they can lessen the financial burden of physical distancing and enable girls to purchase both health and sanitation supplies.
The Cash Transfers are an incentive to stay focused and to engage in learning at home so that girls do not fall behind, enabling them to return to schools when they reopen.
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