RUBAVU - The United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated 500 health kits to victims of recent floods in Rubavu district
The kits contained towels, kitenge cloths, blankets, Sosoma (a combination of sorghum, soya and maizeflour), sugar and other material for home use.
Jane Abatoni, the vice chairperson of the women rights umbrella group, PROFFEMES Twesehamwe, said that they decided to approach UNFPA for these vital kits because they believe women and children were most affected by the floods.
“When you give to a woman you give the whole family,” she said.
Speaking to the affected residents, UNFPA country representative, Ian Howie, said that the support is in line with the agency’s mission of fostering reproductive health and rights.
“We have thought of women since we are in the process of celebrating Woman’s Day and when women are catered for, the whole family is alright,” Howie said.
According to Rubavu acting Mayor, Evariste Bizimana, the beneficiaries are the most vulnerable people of Gisenyi, Nyamyumba, Rugerero sectors of Rubavu district, including Nkamira refugee Camp.
The floods swept away 54 houses and 12 classes. About 119 families were left without basic necessities.