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Over 76K Lebanese families benefit from social Aman Program

Beirut, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) As many as 76,403 Lebanese families have benefitted from World Bank-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (or Aman) Program, according to Hector Hajjar, Minister of Social Affairs.

Less than a year after the payment phase past March, the number of Lebanese families benefitted from Aman Program exceeded 75,000 nationwide.

The Aman Program provides monetary support to the poor, the elderly and chronically ill patients.

The World Bank-funded program provided nearly 680,000 Lebanese people with US$20 monthly cash transfers per family member (maximum of six), in addition to a US$25 fixed-amount per family.

In relation to education, Hajjar announced the assistance to 48,000 students (aged 13 to 18) for education openings in public schools.

Regarding the Aman Program renewal, Hajjar stressed it really depends on Lebanon’s indebtedness to the World Bank.

This assistance is a pressing relief to the most vulnerable Lebanese following the impact of the economic and financial crisis in the country which has increased poverty rates over the last three years, alarming inflation rates and Lebaneses’ poor purchasing power.