Members of families that were resettled in the modern village have told IGIHE that they now have peace of mind and thanked the government for getting them from risky areas.
In 2018, City of Kigali management and other partners made a household survey whereof they established that 13 670 families were settled in high-risk zones especially alongside the hills of Jali, Kigali, and Rebero.
Families that were settled on Mountain Kigali were most affected with 55.4 % being susceptible to risks.
It was thereafter resolved that vulnerable families in high-risk areas be relocated to Karama modern village, seated at 39 hectares.
Other families in Gatsata, Mpazi, and Gashyekero villages at the foothills of Rebero were not relocated but the drainage systems in the said areas were fixed and other infrastructures established to ensure their lives are not in danger in any way.
The first phase of the Karama Modern Village Project that accommodates the 240 families has been completed at a cost of Rwf 8 billion.
It has six blocs, with the first three having 120 semi-detached houses, each with a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, and toilet.
The village is connected with water and electricity, paved roads, water taps, flowers, fruits and vegetable gardens. It also has a school that can accommodate 840 students.
The families have been supported with 7500 chicken, layers, with ample space to grow vegetables for home consumption and for the market.
The Vice Mayor in charge of welfare for the City of Kigali, Ngarambe Wellars, says that it is a great stride in improving the livelihoods of the beneficiary households.
“In the high-risk zones from where they were relocated, they could not have decent sleep because when it rained, they could get immersed in fright, fearing houses could collapse on them any time.”