Red Cross Committee gives shs66.8m cash relief to affected Kisoro families

Africa- Uganda Red Cross has supported communities with the help of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). They are helping especially to those communities which are most affected due to disasters in Kisoro with cash relief.

They are giving them cash of shs66.8 million following relief non-food items distributed in January after nine people died in mudslides and landslides that ravaged Kisoro and left hundreds displaced. “Cash transfer helps us allow people to choose what they need, promoting dignity. Instead of just choosing what we need to give to the families who are affected due to this, we then decided to give them money to meet their immediate needs,” said Joram Musinguzi, a cash transfer program specialist at Uganda Red Cross.


Then they decided to speak with the affected families, ”Manase Rukundo” who doubles as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chairman Kisoro District Disaster Management Committee appreciated the Red Cross and ECHO for the timely support in cash and non-food core relief to the affected families.

He also called upon the community to utilize the funds befittingly.

Manase urged people, “I request to people who have received the belt to utilize it well and cope with many competing family priorities.”

There are nearly 224 families from Nyarusiza, Muramba and Bunagana Sub-countries. They received this multipurpose cash to help the families so that they could meet their needs, such as food, digging kits and shelter restoration.

The cash they are giving to the needy families is based on the Minimum Expenditure Basket (MEB) assessment conducted of shs35,000 for food, shs30,000 for digging kits, plus shs300,000 for shelter.

European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO )developed this support through the Netherlands Red Cross led consortium in Uganda.