Partners in community Transformation-PICOT received funding from Oxfam Novib to respond to the critical humanitarian situation crated by the COVID-19 Pandemic among the most vulnerable refugees and host communities. The project “Community Response and Livelihood Support (CoReLS) Project” aims at ensuring that lives are protected from the COVID-19 Pandemic through Improved risk communication, community engagement, supporting frontline health service providers and strengthening livelihoods of vulnerable refugees (Self Settled & in the settlements) and host communities through cash transfer modalities while responding to some of the critical Gender and protection issues.
The Overall Goal of the project is to enhance community vigilance, Response and strengthen livelihoods of vulnerable refugees and host communities to effectively respond and prevent COVID-19 pandemic in Koboko District. The three Objectives of the project include;
- To increase community risk communication and engagement against COVID-19 pandemic among refugees and host communities in Koboko district
- To strengthen livelihoods of vulnerable refugees (Self settled and in the settlements) and host communities through cash transfer modalities in order to sustain livelihood in the face COVID-19 Pandemic.
- To support frontline health service providers and Koboko District COVID-19 coordination task force to effectively play their roles in preventing and responding to COVID-19 pandemic
The Project Implemented in a consortia including Spirit FM & Lobule women’s supported 175 Extremely Vulnerable Individuals (EVIs) and Persons with special Needs (PSNs) in Lobule Refugee settlement with multipurpose cash grant to improve their livelihood during the COVID-19. The cash Grant sought to protect refugees by reducing the risks they face and to maintain their capacity to spend during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
While another section of the of the Refugees benefited from kitchen garden support which was delivered through a commodity voucher where the beneficiaries (identified from the needs assessment) were able to select inputs (horticulture) based on their individual needs and were issued with Input Voucher with which they accessed inputs from the certified Agro Input Dealers (Mapped during the Needs assessment).