Rwf 54 billion relief project for refugees launches in Gisagara

On 5 December 2020 at 12:08

The Minister of Emergency Management (MINIMENA), Marie Solange Kayisire has officially launched activities for ‘Jya Mbere’ project to provide basic infrastructures and facilities to refugees in different camps across the country and neighboring residents in six districts.

The project launched in Gisagara Friday will offer such facilities for education, health among others. The launch involved visiting a construction site of 40 classrooms expected to accommodate students from Congolese refugee camp in the area and neighboring residents.

The five-year project funded by the World Bank will cost US$60 (Rwf 54 billion) to be implemented in in Gisagara, Nyamagabe, Gicumbi, Karongi, Gatsibo and Kirehe.

Infrastructures expected to be made available under the project include, safe water , schools, health centers, markets, roads, driving financial inclusion and environment protection initiatives.

Kayisire explained that the project is expected to transform lives of over 365,000 beneficiaries including refugees and neighboring communities.

She revealed that the close collaboration between refugees and neighboring residents who welcomed them makes refugees feel at ease, thus also getting involved in development activities.

“It makes refugees feel at home. They strongly need to feel safe so that they can run activities smoothly,” underscored Kayisire.

Apart from the construction of 40 classrooms underway in Gisagara district, the project will also provide equipment at Mugombwa Vocational School and construct Musha Market.

Similar activities will be funded in other districts covered by the project and build 10 kilometer roads in Kirehe and Karongi districts.

Beneficiaries will also be trained in project management, working with banks while those with bankable projects will receive additional funding for implementation.

Some of refugees from Mugombwa camp in Gisagara district expressed delight for the project expected to uplift them.

“The project will particularly help our children to afford quality education to prepare for a better future,” said Emmanuel Rwagasore.

The Country Representative of World Bank, Rolande Pryce commended Rwanda’s efforts towards improved welfare of refugees and reiterated commitment for continued partnership in different areas.

Rwanda accommodates over 137,000 refugees from different camps including Mugombwa in Gisagara district; Kigeme in Nyamagabe; Gihembe in Gicumbi; Kiziba in Karongi; Nyabiheke in Gatsibo and Mahama in Kirehe district.

The Rwf 54 billion relief project for refugees will also cater for the construction of schools across the country.