NYANZA — Genocide survivors in Busasamana and Rwabicuma sectors in Nyanza district had reason to smile after their newly renovated houses were handed over to them on Sunday.
The 60 houses for Genocide orphans in child headed families and widows were rehabilitated with support from umbrella association of Genocide widows- AVEGA Agahozo and Christian Aid, a non governmental organisation.
Beneficiaries who talked to The New Times said that the assistance gives them hope for a better life.
“It was difficult to find shelter especially during the rainy season; the houses were leaking all over. I am grateful for the assistance extended to us, it is comforting to know that some people care about us,” said Jose Mukakabera, one of the beneficiaries.
According to Dancille Mukandori, one of the founders of AVEGA Agahozo, the renovated houses were initially poorly constructed.
“We have had a problem of poor housing in these two sectors because contractors did a shoddy job way back in 1995. The houses were dilapidated, we are grateful to Christian Aid for their support in ensuring that vulnerable Genocide survivors get decent housing,” said Mukandori.
She urged survivors to engage in income generating activities so as to sustain themselves. The houses were rehabilitated at a cost of Rwf59million.