Last weekend, an official hand-over took place of the new health center built by Virunga National Park with funding provided by the EU. Key EU delegates attended the small ceremony at the health center, one of several community projects for the population of people living around Virunga National Park. The park has built a total of nine schools, a health center, and water supply project is currently underway at Rumangabo. These projects have all been possible with funding from the European Union, plus 30% of tourism revenues that goes directly to communities surrounding the park.
The Kabaya health center will benefit the area of Gisigari, estimated at 22,500 people. The health center includes capacity for 25 beds, a large waiting area in the interior corridor, furniture, restrooms, and a rainwater storage tank. The local population was severely affected by armed conflict. Many people were in internally displaced camps and returned in 2009. Many social infrastructures were damaged during the war and the health center had no place to operate from. This new facility will be a great help to the people of this region.
EU delegates with community chief Theophile and FARDC colonel Wabo.
Following the speeches, a man from the crowd came out and did a short dance.
Theophile shows the EU delecgates the interior of the health center.
Emmanuel de Merode speaks with community leader Theophile with Virunga National Park’s community liaison Jean Bosco (far right).