Lebanon’s Ministry of Social Affairs has finally launched the registration platform on the Social Protection Support Network for cash assistance if the family meets the specified conditions.
The support network includes two programs, Aman and FIC, implemented in two phases.
In the first phase, the Aman program will be implemented, which covers 150,000 of the poorest families and 87,000 students from beneficiary families enrolled in public schools.
The amount of payment is $20 per family member plus a fixed amount of $25 per family with tuition paid directly to the schools.
Registrations, which just opened on December 1st, will end on January 31st, 2022, after which payment of aid will start on March 1st, 2022 with retroactive effect covering January and February 2022.
The program aims to help a total of 700,000 vulnerable families who are struggling to cope with the lift of subsidies and the rise of prices in the market.
In a statement, Minister of Social Affairs Hector Hajjar said: “The government has been working nonstop to roll out cash assistance and the failure to implement it earlier was due to administrative and technical problems.”
The aid will be paid by transferring the amount monthly in US dollars through money transfer centers located throughout different Lebanese territories.
Registration in the support network entitles the head of the family to cash assistance only if the family meets the specified conditions and criteria.
The cash assistance initiatives will only be provided for temporary relief.
It is to note that the application submission does not mean that the family automatically qualifies for assistance.
To take advantage of the support network, the application must be submitted filled by the head of the family, including all members of the family, and submitted electronically at Daem Impact.
Filling out the application is expected to take 30 minutes where members will be asked to upload some documents using the following information for each family member: