Religious bodies on spending of grant $$


    Swaha has distributed in excess of 1,200 relief hampers and over 500 cloth masks to various communities so far.

    The group received $200,000 from the Government under a recent initiative to help a number of religious groups in their COVID-19 relief efforts.

    SWAHA says in addition to the allocation, it has also received donations, funding and contributions from members and supporters.

    It is also promising a robust system of checks and balances to ensure the highest levels of accountability and transparency.

    The organization says it currently has a database of over 2,000 needy families, in addition to the 1,200 that were already reached.

    The Roman Catholic Church meanwhile says its allocation from the Government will go directly into an initiative already being funded from its coffers.

    Let No One Go Hungry seeks to provide spiritual and tangible help to persons via its hotline 607-HOPE.

    Vicar of Communications Father Robert Christo says hampers and other forms of assistance were put together and sent to its 61 parishes, for distribution to over 250 communities.

    Like SWAHA, the church says it is also compiling a database to help keep track of its activities and to ensure accountability and sustainability.

    The Church is also looking to undertake an agriculture initiative, to help persons establish their own home gardens.

    103.1FM news also spoke with ASJA 1st Vice-President Zainool Sarafat, who says their grant also went directly to a hamper initiative.

    The organization has been distributing items to persons in need in recent weeks.

    Mr Sarafat says the first tranche of $200,000 partly funded the preparation of 1,000 hampers which were sent to various masjids for distribution.

    Documents detailing how the money was spent will be dropped off on Thursday, and once those check out, ASJA will be eligible for a second tranche.

    The Government says tranches will be given out to religious bodies over the course of three months.