Keeping Girls in School through cash transfer: CRECCOM’s new project

In a bid to promoting girls education in Malawi, the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) is implementing a three year project called Keeping Girls in School Cash Transfer Strand.

Jobe: CRECCOM's Executive Director

Jobe: CRECCOM’s Executive Director

In Ntcheu district alone, the project is expected to benefit 9,915 girls of standard 7 and 8. The project as the name implies will be providing cash (money) to the beneficiary’s mother so that they can buy school uniforms, books, shoes and other school requirements which impacts badly on the girl child in a family living in poverty.

Speaking to Nyasa Times after a briefing of the project to all the Stakeholders in Ntcheu, CRECCOM’s Executive Director, George Jobe said the project focuses the adolescent standard 7 and 8 girls.

He further said that research has shown that when families living below poverty line are faced with an option to chose who amongst their male and female children to continue with education; it is the girl child who has always been the casualty of this sinister and cruel scenario.

“We want to motivate girls who are in school to achieve their dreams hence the three year project,” Jobe was quoted as saying.

According to Jobe, the girl child is harshly faced with the misery of venturing into petty family business, doing piece works to fend for the family or at the worst being married off while their male counterparts are going to school.

Among others, the project comes in to rescue the girl child from wide spread poverty, negative cultural attitudes and harmful traditional practices.

He said some of the districts to benefit from the same project in the Southern Region apart from Ntcheu are Mangochi, Zomba rural, Blantyre rural, Chikwawa and Nsanje.

According to Jobe, 15 districts across the country will benefit from the project and about 100, 000 girls are expected to benefit by the end of 3 years. In making sure that the the Cash Transfer Program benefits the intended beneficiaries, CRECCOM will train District Based Bursary Committees (DBBC) that will be responsible for selection criteria.

To ensure transparency and accountability, CRECCOM will in conjunction with DBBC train the School Based Bursary Committee who will be doing the validation exercise at community level. The School Based Bursary Committee will also be monitoring the attendance of the girls in the respective schools. CRECCOM will also build capacity at ADC/CLUSTER level to support grievance management system.

During the implementation period of the project, CRECCOM will among other things secure payment mechanisms and provide regular and timely Cash Transfers to support these girls in all implementation districts. The NGO will also enhance the capacity of the Government to manage the Cash Transfer Program effectively.

CRECCOM is implementing this project with funding from UKaid through Save the Children.

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7 thoughts on “Keeping Girls in School through cash transfer: CRECCOM’s new project”

  1. Observer says:

    I have very little respect to Jobe! Although he has a humbling background. He is so much Self centred and greedy!

    Among other things; He is failing to let go Mudziwathu community radio station in Mchinji for his personal gain. The station was supposed to be handed over to community members to run it years back but up to now he is still clinging to it. Of course for obvious reasons! to siphon money for his personal gain.

    At one point the radio was off air because of failure to buy Escom Units for the station since all the money is deposited in Crecom account here in Zomba, living volunteers who produce programs in Mchinji with nothing interms of petty cash.

    sometimes I hear reports of water being disconnected at the station. This is simply Poor management! CASHGATE at it’s best!!!!!

  2. Exon Govati says:

    This can be another cash gate if you cant put impress measures that will see the intended people benefiting from this initiative. much as I appreciate this project please make sure that no cash gate is number one beneficiary here.

  3. Sinthani says:

    Aka Bonzo Matampa.

  4. Alick Kalima says:

    Bravo Creccom

  5. angoni says:

    Pamenepa muunikepo bwino especially mbali ya cash mukunenayo to be deposited in mothers account. Ana ena doesnt stay with biological parents and yet amawapanga force to marry so if u send the cash to parent, agulila ndiwo. I think the best way is to ask the children to tell you officials of creccom what they need in school and go with them, provide receipts etc.

    Koma na mmidzimu izi nde mukulemba mmadzi, ana ambiri akupangidwa force ndi makolo, even biological ones to get married akangotha msinkhu.

    Just a warning!

  6. Dr. Mango says:

    Hope the cash transfered will be used for the intended purpose. Good initiative.

  7. Chemtukanika says:

    Why starting with Nctheu(Ngoni)and notMangoch(Yawo)or Thyolo(Lhomwe)as some idiots blame these districts for prostitution?Is it because Get comes from there?CRECCOM,SAVE THE CHILDREN.FAWEMA.GABLE or CAMFED are all failed organisations.The more they talk about girl child education,the more drop outs for girls increases.Something somewhere is wrong.Just imagine.a primary school can register 300 girls against 215 boys in std 1 but only 18 girls reaches std 8 against 56 boys.These NGOs are there only to create job opportunities for the failed retired officers and their children.How can someone who worked in the same sector failed to achieve it while fresh and strong manage to do that when he/she is tired and weak?

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