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Like Semira, Husein Ismael, a sole breadwinner for a family of eight – including his sister and her two children – lives in the same community and he also lost his house. Husein and his family had to endure harsh, cold weather living in a house with porous walls that gave little protection from the elements.

“The mud straw walls of the house were badly damaged, and conditions were tough for our four children, especially when it rains,” he says.

As part of its emergency response to displacement, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has supported displaced families to rebuild their homes and offered them hope for the future. IOM developed a reintegration plan which included reconstructing houses for 2,800 families like those of Semira and Husein.

Through its Cash-Plus Shelter Support Programme, IOM provided each family with 11,300 Ethiopian birr (about USD 285), in cash over three disbursements, to buy construction materials such as poles, corrugated iron sheets and binding materials. Items such as doors, wooden windows, hinges, and nails were also provided.

Beneficiaries were selected in coordination with the Ethiopian government through its official return plan and IOM’s needs assessment.

IOM also liaised with various government offices to ensure that beneficiaries confirmed their ownership of the land before reconstruction, allowing families to establish themselves safely, peacefully and with dignity.

IOM also trained carpenters from the community to help maintain the standards for shelter construction. The community then formed groups to receive materials using local transportation.

Source of original article: International Organization for Migration (storyteller.iom.int).
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