NRC assists displaced women build homes
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has begun allocation of cash funds through mobile money technology for the newest 150 recipients of its Female Shelter project in Dashti Barchi in capital Kabul.
A statement released by the NRC on Saturday said that the emergency project gives eligible displacement-affected women cash assistance to build a house of their own. The funds, which total 55,575 afghanis and are given in three installments, are disbursed through Roshan’s M-Paisa network and can be cashed at a local agent, bank, or ATM, it said.
In addition to monetary support, NRC also provides training and technical assistance to the female heads of households, the statement said, adding that last month, the women and their hired masons received toolkits and blueprints for a two room house during a training on construction.
This week, the 150 women received their first installment of 35,625 afghanis after demonstrating their new skills by building a latrine for their home. After this installment, “the women will receive two additional payments for the next phases of construction,” the statement added.
During the building process, a female technical adviser also routinely checks on the construction to ensure standards and assist with any problems the women might face.
As a leading advocate for better humanitarian access, NRC is committed to providing assistance to the most vulnerable despite conditions that may make them difficult to reach.
NRC’s Cash for Shelter program in Afghanistan initially commenced in 2007 and serviced all types of families ranging from male to disabled-headed households. Then in 2014, the Female Shelter project was created in response to the evident need to reach more women, who are oftentimes most in need of assistance.
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