“The house started leaking and filled very quickly. With the help of others, I brought my family to safety in the avocado trees. We watched as our houses fell down and the water took away our belongings. In the morning, we could see dead bodies being taken away,” Nathanael said.
Rescue services took Nathanael and his family to a neighbouring district where they were taken care of by local authorities.
Nathanael received support from the START fund, which was implemented by Trócaire, in collaboration with Tearfund, Caritas Nyundo, Africa Evangelical Enterprise and Duhamic Adri. He received a cash transfer for three months’ rent and a food and essential supplies packages.
“I am grateful for the support we received,” Nathanael says. “This support has allowed us to look forward and start to rebuild our lives.”
Uncertain future as families wait to rebuild their homes
Louise Uwamaliya (52) from the Mushubati sector was also caught up in the devastating floods on May 3. The mother of four was sleeping when water filled her home and was rescued by local authorities. Her home was badly damaged and she now hopes with support from the START Fund that she will be able to repair her home.
“The fund has brought us hope. I have temporary shelter but I don’t know what the future holds for me. I hope I will be able to get back into my home,” Louise says.
Father of four Jean Damascene (58) was also woken up on the night of May 3 when water began to fill his home. The family lost their home and belongings in the flood. Jean’s cousin and his two children aged 15 and 12 were also killed in the flooding.