The Ministry of Labor announced 18 June that since December last year it received 570 applications for a "Dowry". Recall the schemewas announced8 December 2017 year and covers the period from 1 January 2017 year on 31 December 2023 year.
The essence of the "Dowry" program is to provide basic necessities for families in which the baby has appeared. It is noteworthy that at the first stage, assistance will be allocated to unsecured families that meet certain criteria. However, in the future, the ministry intends to expand the program for all Cypriot families.
The scheme includes the basic consumer goods: a stroller and a cot, a comfortable highchair for the baby, bedding, ancillary tools, diapers and hygiene and childcare products with a total cost of 1 649 euros.
The project is aimed at "reducing material deprivation and eliminating the risk of social exclusion of low-income families by providing basic consumer goods free of charge, as well as by taking additional measures related to leadership and networking with relevant government services."
Of the 570 applications submitted to the Ministry of Labor, 347 received approval, meet the requirements of the provision of financial assistance. The beneficiaries of the program are families with one or more children born after 1 January 2017.
The budget of the project "Dowry is 3,6 million euros. Financing is carried out by the government and the EU under the European Fund for Assistance to the most deprived (FEAD) with 2014 for 2020 year.
Interested persons can apply for participation in the program at district social services offices or through the Ministry of Labor website atwww.mlsi.gov.cy.