Shelter Reconstruction Across The Country
Kavuli Mutinda, a 65years old widow of five children and 27 grand-children from Kathumo village in Mwingi East is set to benefit from the shelter reconstruction program having been among families affected by recent floods. While visiting Kavuli, she could not hide her joy having received cash to facilitate foundation construction for her new house.
“The rains caught us by surprise as we were all asleep. It rained all night and the whole house was flooded. We could not sleep and the following morning the house collapsed and I was left homeless,” kavuli explained.
“I have since been living in my daughter in-laws house, which is not allowed according to our traditions but I have no any other option for now,” she added.
Kavuli is among the 45 households in the larger Kitui County that were identified to benefit from the program. She has since received the first batch of KSh 33,667 which covers the foundation stage awaiting batch two and three of cash disbursements.
“I have been through a lot! I recently lost my husband who was sick for a while, I did not have the capacity to build a new house and when the Red cross came and said they would build us a house I could not believe it. I am more than happy as I have received money that has enabled me to start building this house,“ continued Kavuli.
“I am hopeful that I will soon move to my new house.
Kunu Mbuluo a resident of Musukini village, Kathonzweni sub-location is also among those targeted under the shelter reconstruction program. At the age of 70, Mbuluo now lives alone since his wife and children abandoned him after the floods and mentions that he used to seek refuge at his neighbor’s house.
“I am grateful to the Kenya Red Cross and the Government of Kenya for identifying me as one of the affected individuals. I never thought that one day I would own such a house since I am old and I have no source of income,” Mbuluo said
He added that the new house will guarantee his safety and good health because he will no longer be exposed to cold nights and even possible attacks.
99 year old widow, Miriam Wanjiru is among the many people who lost their homes to floods in Kamuiru village, Muranga County.
We found Miriam assessing her soon to be new home to confirm whether the artisan had constructed it as agreed. Despite her age, she is very strong, energetic and enthusiastic about life. We requested her to take some time to tell us what had happened to her old house.
“Water, water…. So much water!” Miriam exclaimed as she narrated what took place that fateful evening.
“It had been raining heavily and on that day and I was in my house resting. Later that night, I just heard the sound of large volumes of water come downhill and the next thing I heard was the house falling with a loud thud. I lost everything that evening,” she narrated.
Despite the loss, Miriam is very jovial and is grateful to both the Government and the Kenya Red Cross for supporting her through the tough times.
“I am here because of God’s mercies. I am also very happy and grateful to those who assisted me and I pray for you to continue receiving support so that you can support those who have been affected by disasters,” she added.
Miriam is among among 267 families receiving support in the larger Muranga County.