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Rwanda Kicks-off Countrywide Resettlement of Families in Modern Settlements

by Dan Ngabonziza
6:12 pm

A-rural-settlement that was launched at Mushubati sector Mageragere cell Rutsiro district with 32 units

In almost every corner of the country, hundreds families formerly living in high-risk zones will start a new breath of life today.

About 200 model houses were unveiled in different parts of the country during the end of month community work-‘Umuganda’ on Saturday.

64 units of Rural settlement in Gikomero – Kigali outskirts

Mamba sector, Gisagara district Launch of 72 housing units that will house 130 families

Aerial view of Mushubati -Rutsiro district settlement with 32 units

Government has set aside Rwf15 billion to construct exemplary housing units in designated rural settlements –imidugudu across the country during this fiscal year.

The money is additional to the previously budgeted Rwf22 billion allocated to help districts settle 30,000 households currently in high risk zones.

Model village in Rwamagana district

High risk zones refer to areas that are exposed to disasters including; floods, landslides, and erosions, and those that are in dilapidated houses but cannot afford a decent house.

Thirty model villages will be constructed in all 30 districts across the country. Rwanda wants to have 70% of the households living in rural areas to settle in integrated viable settlements.

This helps government to budget for public utilities like electricity, water, schools, and health centers, according to Ministry of Infrastructure.

Four in one houses in Burera district. Each with a biogas facility

In most cases, the model villages-with durable materials are constructed in a system that save the already precious land of Rwanda; they are either 2 in 1 or 4 in 1, which also reinforces social cohesion.

Meanwhile, part of other activities that marked today’s Umuganda included planting of fruit trees under the country’s agroforestry plan.

Rwanda plans to increase agro forestry coverage from 2 per cent up to 85% by 2030.

Umuganda also consisted of construction of classroom blocks, cleaning of Genocide memorial site in Rubavu district, and renovating houses for elderly genocide survivors.