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Republic of Korea Extends Humanitarian Aid to Flood-Hit Regions in Rwanda

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Flood-hit regions have received US$300,000 (Rwf330m) from the Republic of Korea as humanitarian assistance through UN system to facilitate the speedy restoration of stability in the lives of the affected people and aid in the recovery of damaged areas.

Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this generous contribution on May 18, reflecting the commitment of both nations to stand together and overcome the challenges posed by the natural disaster.

And on Sunday, May 28, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), in association with KOICA-Rwanda Alumni Association (KORAA), organized a voluntary activity at IPRC Karongi, where victims are staying temporarily.

KOICA and KORAA provided essential donations of food, education materials, and cleaning materials. In addition, the initiative included street cleaning activities and children-based educational classes, amounting to a total cost of around US$5,000 (Rwf5.5m).

The team comprising approximately 50 volunteers of KOICA and KORAA, headed by KOICA, Deputy Country Director Mr.YOO Jeehyun and Mrs.MUKASHEMA Adelphine, President of KORAA, visited IPRC Karongi and engaged with the affected community.

Mr.YOO Jeehyun said that this collective effort symbolizes the shared commitment of both organizations to make a positive difference in their lives as well as a knowledge-sharing commitment.

The humanitarian activity at IPRC Karongi exemplifies KOICA Rwanda’s unwavering dedication to supporting local communities during times of adversity, he said.

By providing essential supplies, engaging in street cleaning initiatives, and delivering educational classes, “the team aims to bring relief and restore a sense of normalcy to the residents.”

Together, these organizations strive to significantly impact the lives of those affected by the natural disaster.

“By organizing this humanitarian volunteer activity, we wish to build community resilience against heavy rain and landslide disasters through our contribution to the IPRC Karongi to strengthen nutrition and sanitation outcomes”, Mr. YOO Jeehyun added.

Mrs. MUKASHEMA Adelphine, the President of KORAA, expressed gratitude to KOICA Rwanda for their support towards the families and residents staying in IPRC Karongi.

She underscored the value of the humanitarian volunteer activity, describing it as an excellent idea that would inspire and encourage the community around IPRC Karongi to focus even more on the recovery of the residents.

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