About 56 repatriated families in Rulindo District have received pigs and iron sheets to help them integrate into society. The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) made the donations on Tuesday. Most of the beneficiaries are repatriates from DR Congo and other neighboring countries.
According to Gaspard Murekezi, an official in charge of reintegration at MIDMAR, the delivered support makes part of the third phase of the project assisting new repatriates and vulnerable families to easily adapt and integrate into society.
“The first and the second phases of the project were held in 2010 and 2011 respectively and this year’s phase was financed by Japan through IOM at a cost of US 1.5 million,” he told The Rwanda Focus.
“When people get repatriated, they are not often well organised. That is why there are such activities meant to help them integrate,” he explained, adding that the whole project has so far supported more than 6,550 families.
Johnson Mukunzi, an official from IOM in Rulindo District said 36 families received one pig per family while 20 families got 22 iron sheets each. He mentioned that they have already donated 100 pigs, 55 goats, 45 sheep and 1,260 iron sheets in five sectors of the district.
Apart from direct support, MIDMAR officials noted that they also facilitate some of the beneficiaries to get vocational training skills and provide them with some basic equipment so that they can easily start their own businesses.
Mukunzi added that the project operates in seven districts countrywide such as Ngoma, Rwamagana and Bugesera districts in the Eastern Province and Burera, Musanze, Gicumbi and Rulindo districts of the Northern Province.
One of the beneficiaries, Venasia Mukandoli, 61, a resident of Bugaragara cell, Shyorongi sector, received 22 iron sheets, which she says, she will use to roof her own house. She has been living in a house granted by Sector Authority after her own house had been destroyed by devastating rain.
“I am very grateful for the officials who have been striving for us to get a decent life,” she expressed. “It’s really a turning point of life.”
Emmanuel Rwirahira, is another beneficiary who expressed his pleasure for getting a pig. He said this is a great source of income that will make his family self-reliant.
“I hope that it will offer me everything that I need,” he expressed. “I am assured that with it, I will easily get health insurance fee and school fees for my children.”