On 16 December 2021 the National Office of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, donated 48 new prefabricated refugee housing units (RHUs) worth 6,275,286 Kyrgyz som to the Red Crescent Society of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Made through the Disaster Response Coordination Unit (DRCU), this donation adds to 72 RHUs worth of 7,447,000 Kyrgyz som which UNHCR had donated to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic two years ago and to replace 60 UNHCR RHUs worth 6,273,000 Kyrgyz som, which the Red Crescent Society of the Kyrgyz Republic had used to temporarily accommodate citizens, whose houses had been damaged or destroyed in April in Batken.
“UNHCR, as a member of the DRCU, reiterates its commitment to the Government and people of the Kyrgyz Republic to support enhanced cooperation and coordination for disaster preparedness and response,” said Asel Sharesheeva, the Head of the UNHCR National Office in Kyrgyzstan.
The DRCU brings together donor community, Government counterparts, international and local NGOs, Kyrgyzstan Red Crescent, and the UN Country Team to ensure a coherent emergency preparedness and response in the Kyrgyz Republic.
RHUs are used by UNHCR and its partners as semi-permanent emergency shelters all over the world. Each RHU can easily be erected in a few hours.
The RHUs will be utilized by the Red Crescent Society in case of disaster and emergency situations in the Kyrgyz Republic. Beyond their primary use as emergency shelter, RHUs can be used as temporary first aid centres, accommodation for field personnel, education centres or storage.