Everything you need to know about Orphan’s Benefit

Orphan’s benefit is a payment or financial aid that is given to the people who look after the orphan children. This financial aid is basically given to encourage all those people who dare to take care of the children who lost their parents due to some accidents or any other mishaps. This financial aid is for a week approximately. The hope now is working for the betterment of orphans.

A survey was made that collected some figures about orphan’s benefit. This survey shows that orphan’s benefit supports approximately 360 orphans. This survey consisted of the following topics:

  • What is the social status, needs and financial status of the children and young people?
  • What extra help measure government can take to assist the children and their care taker?
  • What are financial cost and challenges that these children and care taker may have to face?

Orphan’s benefits findings:

What is the current financial status of Orphan’s Benefits caretakers?

  • For caretakers on lower monthly salaries of $43,000 or less, 45% of people said that their pay was not enough to fulfill daily needs.
  • Just over one in three (35%) caretakers claimed that their taking care of orphans affects their work. It is mainly because of less paid work hours, taking time off to care for the orphan child, and leaving the job.
  • Around 1/4 (27%) caretakers also said that caring for the child affects their residential status and living style.

What are the factors to see the effectiveness of Orphan’s Benefits?

  • Caretakers are divided on whether the Orphan’s Benefit is enough to pay for the expenditures of the chosen child, with 43% stating it is enough and 53% state it is not enough.
  • Moreover, most (88%) caregivers reported that they use a portion of their own money to bear the expenditures of the selected child.

What support do Orphan’s Benefits caretakers need to care for their children?

Most (83%) caretakers demanded some financial assistance in the last 12 months to take care of their children. The top five support needs are related to education and schooling (51%), the health of the child that includes child’s mental and emotional health (46%), the child’s behavior (36%), general health conditions (33%) and transport (33%).

Unsupported Child’s Benefit findings:

What is the current financial status of UCB caregivers?

  • While over half of all caretakers (59%) admitted that they have enough money to raise the children in their home. In short, income level plays a substantial role in a caregiver’s ability to cope financially.
  • Around 6/10 (approx. 59%) caretakers with a salary of amount $30,000 or below disagree to whether the money is sufficient to care for the children. Likewise, 64% of caregivers in this low-income group report that their total income is not enough to meet every-day necessities like residence, food, and clothing.
  • A further 61% of caretakers told that they use ‘a lot’ or ‘quite a lot’ of their savings or cash to supplement what they get from the Ministry of Social Development to take care of an orphan child living at their place.

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