Ngororero, February 16, 2017 - Eleven families in Kabaya Sector, Ngororero District, have been relocated from high risk zones to the model village in Kimiramba. The UN Reisdent Coordinator Mr. Lamin M. Manneh and the Hon. Mukantabana Seraphine, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees officially handed over the disaster resilient houses built under the One UN joint programme dubbed “Strengthening human security by enhancing resilience to natural disasters and climate-related threats in Ngororero District”. The construction of the houses was implemented by UN-HABITAT.
The UN Resident Coordinator Lamin M. Manneh hailed the importance of the great partnership betewen the Rwandan Government and the One UN family in Rwanda for the materialization of this project.
"This is yet another successful demonstration of development partnership with the Government of Rwanda, and six UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, IOM and UN-HABITAT). Though this partnership, joint efforts and maximisation of comparative advantage we have seen a successful completion of houses," he underscored.
He further added that this is a pilot human security project in the country the One UN Rwanda is leveraging to promote it as a prototype human security initiative in close partnership with national and local governments, government ministries and institutions, non-governmental and local civil society organizations and the most vulnerable and high risk communities.
On her part, the Minister for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Honorable Seraphine Mukantabana encouraged the residents to involve themselves in profit generating programs and properly maintain the houses built for them. “The modern houses constructed for you are disaster resilient and I encourage you to handle them with care and use this opportunity to concentrate on working hard to improve your lives and your families,” she said.
“This project is part of the bigger 1.9 million US dollar project that is funded by our partners through building disaster resilient communities under the Human security approach” she added.
Sekabanza Francois, one of the eleven owners of the new houses, said he was deeply moved by the decision to construct for him and others, new houses aimed at relocating them from high risk zones. “I thank the Government of Rwanda for always improving our lives. Although I am an old man, I know my family has a safe future with this house and they will also enjoy watching the television that was given to us.“
The selection of Ngororero as the beneficiary District for this Project was based on various factors such as the climate and disaster Risk profiling among other indices, with a focus on promoting health amenities, water, livelihood support and capacity building for disaster management and mitigation to include activities such as flood mitigation, land slide resilience; and retro-fitting and strengthening roofs and houses that were found to be prone to disaster, the latter activity targeting 200 houses.
This project addresses two of the most affected sectors in this District: Kabaya and Sovu with high rates of informal settlements located in high-risk areas on steep slopes, unsuitable for building, hence strongly increasing the vulnerability of residents to climate-change related risks and disasters.
The Government of Rwanda is committed to embarking on Disaster Risk prevention as the best solution to combat disaster risks not only in Ngororero but also in other Disaster Risk prone Districts of the country.