The Social Protection Response to La Soufriere Volcano
St Vincent and the Grenadines
In 2021, in response to the eruption of La Soufriere volcano and the exacerbating effects of COVID-19, the Ministry of Social Mobilization, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Youth, Housing and Informal Human Settlement (MoNM), in St Vincent and the Grenadines, partnered with UNICEF to temporarily expand and strengthen the social protection system to meet the needs of shock-affected households.
The Family Support Grant effectively expanded to meet the needs of 490 shock-affected households residing in the yellow zone.
A Transition Grant reached 456 households in the red zone who have since transitioned to a Recovery Programme.
The percentage of households reporting a 'good/very good' ability to cover their basic needs increased by 79% (from 15% to 94%).