Challenges in Rwandan model villages

Model villages are being built by government in different parts of the country, mainly for vulnerable citizens, as a way of bringing them together where they can get different services and facilities in one place.

They mostly feature furnished three-bedroom brick homes equipped with water, solar panels and sanitation systems, along with social and economic infrastructure like schools, medical facilities, communal cowsheds, among others.

Majority of the beneficiaries are formerly residents of high risk areas. However, the main issues highlighted in the senate report included; lack of appropriate biogas systems, poor maintenance of infrastructure, lack of water and electricity, malnutrition, among others.

The report also shows that due to poverty and poor mindset, some residents in these model villages have sold off their houses and cows given to them and gone back to deplorable conditions.

Read more: The New Times