The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme, will commence its 44th cycle payment from 10th to 21st October, 2016. A total of 212,848 beneficiary households in all the 216 districts of the country will be paid their LEAP grants. During the payment period; one eligible member household will receive GHS 64.00, two eligible member household will receive GHS 76.00, while three eligible member household will receive GHS 88.00 and four and more eligible member household will receive GHS106.00. These payments cover the months of July and August, 2016.
This 44th cycle payment will include 192 households from the ‘Alleged Witches Camps’ in Gushiegu and Tamale Children’s Home, both in Northern region, the Bekwai Central Destitute Infirmary and Mampong Babies Home both in Ashanti region. The rest are the Ankaful Leprosarium in the Central region, the Osu Children’s Home and the St Joseph Orphanage, Jirapa, Upper West region. This group of beneficiaries fall under the specialised category for automatic inclusion onto the LEAP Programme. The inclusion of the specialised category of beneficiaries is in line with the Programme’s objective to reduce the plight of the vulnerable and marginalized in the society.
All the beneficiaries will be paid electronically using the e-zwich platform of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS). This payment platform uses biometric fingerprint to verify beneficiaries before payment.
The LEAP Programme is making impact on the lives of its target group:
The LEAP Programme is also continuing its nationwide National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration for members of the LEAP households. Currently, 43,111 LEAP household members have been registered free-of- charge onto the NHIS platform. The registration exercise is expected to end by December, 2016. The NHIS registration exercise is aimed at improving access to health care for the members of the LEAP households.
The LEAP Programme is continuing its expansion drive to ensure that we achieve the target of 250,000 households by December, 2016.
It is worth noting that the LEAP Programme was rated an ‘A+’ by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in its 2016 annual review. DFID is one of the Development Partners that is supporting the Programme in terms of Grants and Non-Grants Support. By this rating, the programme is deemed to be performing very well toward the achievement of its overall objective.
It is also important to mention that , the programme is embarked on data collection exercise for the implementation of emergency LEAP to persons affected by floods, rain and windstorms in four districts in Upper East region; Bawku West, Builsa South , Talensi and Bongo districts . Emergency LEAP is a temporary cash grant, which is provided to people who have been affected by environmental and natural disasters and are displaced. The cash grant serves as support to assist them to cope with the harsh impact of the disasters. Beneficiaries under the Emergency LEAP from the 4 districts mentioned above will receive their grants over a three month period, spanning from September to November 2016.
LEAP PROGRAMME SECRETARIAT
MINISTRY OF GENDER, CHILDREN
AND SOCIAL PROTECTION, ACCRA.