AVSI, in partnership with UNICEF, was able to reach 12,000 families and distribute $870,000 in april 2017 as part of
In response to the conflict, AVSI, present in DRC since 1972, is supporting the population through the Alternative Responses for Communities in Crisis project. Funded by UNICEF, ARCC III is a multipurpose cash assistance program. The main goal is to intervene with an unconditional cash transfer approach to help households start over.
In April 2017, AVSI was able to reach 12,000 families and distribute $870,000. Each household received $72. This is the largest humanitarian intervention ever done by AVSI in the DRC. 72,000 people were assisted through an approach that gives beneficiaries the freedom to choose how to address their needs in the most appropriate way.
Before receiving the cash transfer, families need to attend an awareness-raising session organized by the implementing partners to help use the money wisely and teach them how to count the banknotes and purchase goods on the market. The sensitization sessions also aim to raise awareness of what are the most pressing needs, how important it is to pay school fees for the children or how it is recommended that priorities are discussed in the family, with the presence of all members.
“I will repay the loan I made to send my son to school and finally I will have money to buy food, ” says Lucille.
Behind her, in line, her old neighbors wait patiently to receive their checks. One by one, they are identified to ensure they are the correct beneficiary and are able to receive their check. Then, they take the check to the bank built for the project a few miles away.