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.
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.
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.
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.