BUJUMBURA January 4th (ABP) – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Burundi Red Cross delivered an aid on Thursday to flood victims at the Winterekwa Basic School. The aid consisted of dignity kits to 331 girls and women aged 14 to 49, a check on the site by ABP has revealed. Each dignity kit includes a bucket, loincloth, and a pack of sanitary napkins, an underwear and an ointment.
The program officer at UNFPA, Dr Kacou, wished in his speech that this gift is not a source of division but a source of peace and national cohesion. He recalled that UNFPA has worked in Burundi for 45 years and that it supports the government in matters of reproductive health, in particular in the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and the care of the victims of this violence.
The site of the Winterekwa basic school has 220 affected households housed on site and in surrounding households.
Shortly before the dignity kits were handed out, the Red Cross and the Seruka center, partners of UNFPA, held an awareness-raising session against GBV. The Seruka center has promised to stay alongside the victims of Winterekwa basic school for awareness raising and counseling and will send its agents three times a week.
The two organizations also encouraged the victims to maintain human dignity and good behavior despite the difficulties. Two toll-free numbers were communicated to them, 109 for the Burundi Red Cross and 22 248730 for the Seruka center