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Give Directly Grant Cash Restores Hope in Nakapiripirit :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Give Directly Grant Cash Restores Hope in Nakapiripirit

Samuel Nangiro, 32, with five wives, combined the donation of Shillings 2,380,000 from each of the 5 wives given by Give directly and bought a car. He says an amount totaling Shillings 11,900,000 was used for buying a car that is now generating Shillings 80,000 per day in the transport business.
Samuel Nangiro one of the beneficiaries and his 5 wives and 22 children standing infront of their house.

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At least 800 households in Loreng Sub-county, Nakapiripirit district are relieved after receiving cash grants from Give Directly Organization, a nongovernmental organization that exclusively delivers cash grants to vulnerable communities without any strings attached.

The beneficiaries include a polygamous family in Nakamisitae village, Loreng Sub County that transformed their livelihoods after buying a public service van out of the Give Directly Cash Grant. 

Samuel Nangiro, 32, with five wives, combined the donation of Shillings 2,380,000 from each of the 5 wives given by Give directly and bought a car. He says an amount totaling Shillings 11,900,000 was used for buying a car that is now generating Shillings 80,000 per day in the transport business.

Nangiro said all five women agreed to combine the money and came up with the idea of buying the vehicle to make more money to expand their land and cater to their other needs. Nangiro’s family attests that their standard of living has transformed because they can now afford social services like education, and health among others compared to the past when life was hard. 

“We were unable to afford it but now I can provide for my family's basic income and I give each wife Shillings 5,000 on a daily basis and 20,000 weekly," Nangiro said. Margaret Tiyan, another beneficiary of give directly in Nakamisitae village, Nabulenger Parish said that she received her donation of 2.2 million Shillings and used it to buy a grinding mill. 

Tiyan said that the machine she bought has made a huge difference in their household as she can now buy food for her family. Tiyan revealed that before receiving the support, her family used to have only a single meal in a day because of inadequate food. Ivan Ntwali, a country director at Give Directly says they have plans to roll out the program to the whole Karamoja region and other regions once resources are available. 

He added that they are also looking at serving vulnerable populations such as refugees and people living in disaster-prone areas. Ntwali revealed that each household benefiting from the program received US$ 1000, which is equivalent to UGX 3.5 m. He noted that giving cash to the beneficiaries has also helped in reducing cases of domestic violence in the families.

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Esther Anyakun, State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees challenged the well-wishers and various partners coming to support Karimojong to consider giving direct cash to the beneficiaries. Anyakun noted that Karamoja is one of the regions with high-frequency rates of hazards and disaster occurrences which require more humanitarian support.

She urged the government to adopt mechanisms aimed at reducing disaster risks, especially combating bureaucracy on government programs. Anyakun added that there is a need by the government to activate contingency plans for reducing economic losses and integrate risk management into its development plans.

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Raphael Magezi, Minister for Local Government who was in joint monitoring of the Give Directly pilot cash program in Loreng Sub County Nakapiripirit district, said the approach of Give Directly is transparent. He commended giving directly for uplifting populations economically for the last 13 years and there is no corruption scandal reported in the program.

He said the government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Give Direct to pilot a project supporting households in two districts of Busenyi and Nakapiripirit.  Magezi observed that the methodology used is transparent and the government should try to reduce bureaucracy in the Parish Development Model program.  

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