Concerns raised over efficacy of new cash plan for impoverished families

Kampong Cham province’s Prey Chhor district: Sim Chreb, a recently-unemployed mother of two said late last month that her family has been waiting to receive more information on a cash transfer from the government after hearing about the plan to help impoverished families amid Covid-19 one week before.

She lives with her husband and daughters, aged 10 and 1, in a sparse wooden home with no walls in Trapaing Preah commune’s Prey Tralach village. She and her husband both lost their jobs as construction workers due to the Covid-19 crisis, and have no relatives to rely on for financial support.

“I have not yet received [social assistance] because they [local authorities] have not come yet. I do not know when I will receive it,” Chreb said, adding that she also did not know the process of how to receive the cash transfer.

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