PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – After ‘Aba Grangou’, the Haitian government announced a new social protection program called ‘Ti Manman Cherie’ for families living in extreme poverty. It is available for mothers of children in school, living in Cité Soleil and that are customers of Digicel. Through Digicel’s TchoTcho mobile feature, the beneficiaries will receive monthly transfers of 400 to 800 Gourdes ($10-$20 [US]).
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced the program in the presence of the First Lady, Sophia Martelly, members of the government and international community. He also said that the program would be available very soon in other areas such as Bel-Air, Fort National and Carrefour Feuilles.
The prime minister said in his speech that more than 100,000 families will be benefited by the program which hopes to reduce the financial burden on families with children in school, therefore raising attendance and retention of children in schools and improving the human capabilities of future generations. The PM also mentioned that the program would empower women and positively affect the quality of the schools.
A budget of $13 million [US] is available for Ti Manman Cherie and registration is already open. Each family is registered for a period of 6 months with possibility of being renewed up to 10 times for maximum of 60 months. The program is funded through Petrocaribe," said Lamothe, presenting the program as "a clear signal to improve living conditions of families living in extreme poverty.”