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Burera: Residents build house for the homeless

Posted on 07 June 2014

Burera: Residents build house for the homeless 

Residents in Gahunga sector of Burera district completed a house for Venancia Nyirahabinka who is homeless after vacating high risk zone area.

This comes following the government policy to vacate residents from high risk zones to better locations.

In Burera like in some other places of Rwanda, some families live in houses located on steep hillsides and marshland which puts them at risk of losing lives and property to floods and water erosion.

“I thank the authorities and residents for completing my house. After fixing doors and windows, I will enter it and live peacefully,” said Venancia Nyirahabinka.

Venancia bought 30 iron sheets and building materials worth Rwf120, 000 but the house was not complete until the local authorities together with the residents completed during community work.

 “Community work is the first sponsor of Rwanda’s development. That’s why residents turned up in big numbers to help a fellow Rwandan,” revealed Florence Uwambajemariya, vice mayor in charge of social affairs in Burera district

The government of Rwanda sensitizes residents in high risk zones to vacate and settle in secure places.

Out of 509 homes that were to shift from high risk zone in early 2014, only 307 have evacuated.

Over 10,000 people had moved from high risk areas countrywide to better locations since June 2013.

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