Monicah Lolokuru Benefits From The Shelter Construction Program
The Kenya Red Cross has embraced the use of a community-led shelter reconstruction approach with emphasis on safe shelters to avoid destruction of property or even loss of life in the future.
Monica Lolokuru, 26 years old, married with three children is a resident of Merti Sub-County in Isiolo County, narrated how the flood waters forced her family to relocate to safer grounds, which also had washed away all their belongings.
“We face a lot of challenges here. Before the rains, we were facing a persistent drought that also killed most of our livestock which we depend on for our livelihood and economic activities. The flooding prompted by the heavy rains, and now the rains literally washed away everything we depend on to live,” she said.
“I lost most of my household items, my house sunk in water and ended up homeless. We had to go look for a house at the market and all I could afford was a single room,” Monicah explained.
With a single room to stay in, Monicah said that sometimes one of the family members is forced to sleep outside as the house is too small to fit everyone. “My husband sometimes spends the night outside as we cannot share the same room with our children and my mother-in -law who is also staying with us,” She added.
Monicah is set to benefit from the shelter reconstruction program having gone through a training on safe shelter and even received cash towards the rebuilding of a new house. While visiting Monicah in Merti Market Centre where she currently stays with her family, she could not hide her joy and hope of better days to come.
Monicah already received the first batch of cash transfer that facilitated the foundation stage. She is positive the house she is building is strong and safe to live in as KRCS trained them on the construction of safe shelters.
“My family and I are excited about our new house. When Red Cross came to our village, they told us about the assistance they were going to give us and educated us on how to build stronger houses that are flood resistant.”
KRCS engaged the community through the Participatory Assessment for Safer Shelter Awareness (PASSA) training. This training was aimed at ensuring full community participation throughout the reconstruction process.
Monicah has since received Ksh. 22,120 in the first phase of the shelter construction and says this has sufficiently aided her to start building the new house. She has since bought building materials, poles, nails, barbed wire and paid casual labourers who are already building the house.