Reconstruction of Houses for Families Affected by Recent Floods
It is no longer as sad and gloom for thousands of families that were affected by the recent floods, as most work around the clock to construct new houses within higher and safer grounds.
This follows KSh 1 billion support from the Government of Kenya to the Kenya Red Cross Society towards shelter reconstruction, rehabilitation of community water sources and health interventions.
“I am just filled with joy to receive the money, Ksh 18,000. I bought building poles then I embarked on the construction. My kids keep asking – Mom, when will we leave the camp and go home? I just reassure them that we will leave soon and go leave in happiness, in our new home,” Sanita Ngumbao, a mother of eight children living at Goshi Camp narrated to us, her face electrified with a smile of hope for a new beginning.
The reconstruction activities are ongoing is 25 counties that were severely affected by the March-April-May rains. Approximately 6,671 households are targeted (about 40,152 Kenyans) majority being in Kilifi and Tana River counties.
Other counties include: Turkana, Lamu, Garissa, Muranga, Baringo, Taita, Kajiado. Narok, Kirinyaga, Makueni, Nyeri, Kitui, Homabay, Migori, Tharaka Nithi, Nandi, Meru, Busia, Siaya, Isiolo, Marsabit and Samburu
The families will cumulatively receive three cash instalments from the KRCS to facilitate the rebuilding process. The first phase covers the purchase of locally available materials among them building poles, sisal ropes, mud, water and engaging an artisan. Also the construction of the wall super structure.
“We are starting a new life right here. When you look at this house, it has two rooms serving as the beginning of this new life. I received the first instalment of money as we are to receive three different instalments. I bought building poles, nails and as you can see, I have progressed with the construction,” Marko Kimani, a resident of Garashi, Kilifi told us.
To most families, they still vividly recollect the journey they have walked with KRCS from the time the floods started.
“Red Cross took this initiative of helping us, for instance this construction of houses and just helping us to start over. Initially we were brought this tents to help us have somewhere to sleep with kids because that time it was really raining. They helped us with so many things even cooking utensils and food,” Celina Furaha Kaka of Garashi said.
‘Even now they are still helping us. We are now building a new house. When we finish and move here, we will grow ourselves,” Celina added.
Other interventions are in health system strengthening, as well as water supply, sanitation and hygiene. A total of 489 water supply sites that were affected by the floods were mapped in 26 counties. Of these sites, 450 are community water supply systems while 39 sites cover irrigation sites. Another 34 community water supply sites are under assessment and will be activated for repair once funds are available. The projects are poised to serve about 150,000 people.
Community health systems strengthening is further ongoing meant to strengthen primary health care systems that were weakened during the floods. It also strives to prevent disease outbreaks – building a platform for universal health coverage in counties that had active outbreaks of cholera and are categorized as at risk of Rift Valley Fever outbreaks. The initiative targets approximately 1 million Kenyans.
Community Health Units were also set up and are combined with other integrated health outreaches across counties that faced health related risks as a result of the floods.