KIGALI, 24 January 2021 – City officials in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, have distributed food relief to over 69,000 households with have no souce of income due to the lockdown of the city.
The relief food distribution has led to over 1,700 tonnes of food and 20,000 litres of milk wbeing handed out to affected Kigali residents, according to Pudence Rubingisa, the Mayor of Kigali city.
The distribution is door-to-door to avoid Kigali residents from leaving their homes and gathering to receive their rations.
The door-to-door strategy ensures that gathering to receive food assistance does not turn into a COVID-19 super-spreader event, city officials have explained.
The over 1,000 volunteers who work in Kigali on stemming the sspread of the virus joined the food distribution initiative to ensure it is as swift and as efficient as possible.
Food rations are provided according to family size.
Families of one to two persons receive 3.5 kilograms of rice and 1.4kg of beans while families of over six persons receive 12.6kg of rice and 7kg of beans.
All families with children also received milk.
“The demand for food relief might increase but we have enough food in the National Food Reserve,” Rubingisa told reporters from Kigali-based The New Times newspaper.
The reporters met and chatted with some of the beneficiaries of the food relief initiative:
“This food relief will help me and my family cope during the lockdown,” the paper cited Donatien Muhirwa as saying. He is a construction worker and father of four who lives in Rukiri 2 cell in Rebero village, Kigali.
“Even the little money we had saved, we used it to pay school fees although schools are also under lockdown. That is why this food donation is very crucial,” Therese Uwimana, who lives in the same neighborhood and had a small stand selling clothes told The New Times.
Another neighbor, Esperance Nyirandekeyaho, who says the food relief allows her to provide for her family of seven, explained that she was laid off from her job cleaning people’s homes once the lockdown of the capital was imposed.