Kigali, 13 May, 2023 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, has reached out to victims of floods in a Rwandan Catholic Diocese in a grant to Caritas, implemented through cash transfers.
In a report published Friday, May 12, the country Director of Trócaire in Rwanda who shares about the response of the Irish Catholic entity to the “devastating rains” in the Catholic Diocese of Nyundo describes the cash transfers as “a very safe and dignified way of supporting families in need”.
“Trócaire put in place an emergency support of €20,000 which the Caritas Nyundo team used to support their response work,” Marleen Levina Masclee has been quoted as saying.
Ms. Levina explains the cash transfers to beneficiaries, saying, “The money was also used to provide over 1,000 people with cash sent directly into mobile accounts, a very safe and dignified way of supporting families in need. Families used the cash grants for clothes, additional food, medical care and other needs which are really high.”
The floods and landslides following the torrential rains that swept through the Northern, Western, and Southern Provinces of Rwanda reportedly resulted in the death of dozens, Rwanda’s New Times newspaper having reported a revised death toll of 131 people on May 6, “as the search for the missing person continues”.