unicef logo final.jpgThe government, in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other development partners has launched a US$75 million national action plan to benefit the country’s most vulnerable children.

The National Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase 2 from 2011 to 2015, will see some of the beneficiaries receiving US$25 per month to enable them to meet their basic needs.

Some orphans will get education assistance while survivors of abuse, violence and exploitation will be helped under the child protection service delivery intervention.

Guest of Honour at the launch ceremony in Harare, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the plan is a demonstration of government’s commitment to providing meaningful support to vulnerable children.

UNICEF’s country representative, Dr Peter Salama, expressed optimism that the plan will ensure that children have equitable access to a range of services.

Award winning songstress, Prudence Mabhena, was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at the launch ceremony.