The department of Social Welfare in Mbala has disbursed over K27, 000 to seven vulnerable people as capital for income generating projects under the Social Protection Fund Programme.
District Social Welfare Officer Fredrick Chilambwe disclosed the development during the district welfare assistance committee first quarter meeting.
Mr. Chilambwe also said the office received K24, 000 under the public welfare assistance scheme of which 80 per cent will go towards education support to orphans and vulnerable children.
Mr. Chilambwe said each beneficiary will receive a grant of over K3, 000 as initial capital for income generating projects in projects such as tailoring, carpentry and poultry.
He said the social protection fund is meant to complement the existing programmes like the public welfare assistance scheme and social cash transfer scheme to contribute towards improving the well-being of the vulnerable people in the district.
And Mbala District Welfare Assistant Committee Chairperson, Oliver Mulenga urged the committee members to follow the guidelines in order to ensure that only deserving individuals and households are selected and assisted.
Mr. Mulenga said government has introduced the programme on recognition that there can never be meaningful development without social protection in a society where poor and vulnerable people face social –economic challenges in different forms.
He called for concerted efforts and impartiality from the committees at all levels during the implementation for the success of the programme in the district.