Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsInevitably we have to sit down and decide where to start and we started from the most affected areas in the K.P.K. province where around 16,000 villages have been affected by this. Lunda was in the heart of K.P.K. province and one of the most damaged villages. Around 180 houses completely damaged. <Moustafa, off camera: Tell him to point to where his land is.>

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsI met with a guy there. One of the classic questions I asked him, 'What's your plan? What you going to do?'. He said, 'What? I'm going to start again'. I said, 'Really?'. He said, 'Yes. Whether you going to help me or you're not going to help me, I'm going to start again'. I said, 'What will you do?'. He said, 'I'm going to clean my house again, I'm going to cultivate my land again. I'm going to start my life again - but if you help me it will be better'. I really admire them. I really admire them.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds<Translator, off camera: He said if it stops raining it will take about… 20 days for the water to recede, and after that three to four months for the land to be in a position to be cultivated.> <Moustafa, off camera: And what does he need?>.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds< translator, off camera: He said that

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsin terms of what he needs, he said to pump the water.> <Moustafa, off camera: Okay. How much money in order to get his land back>. We're tackling all aspects together - water, sanitation, shelter, food and livelihood. Five sectors in one go in order to upgrade the whole village together. And we put the community together to build their own life so each five families working together to rebuild one room house for one family. After they finish, they to go to the others and so on. Same things with cleaning the farms and rehabilitating the farms in order to be used again.

Skip to 2 minutes and 40 secondsLunda was a perfect village that we chose to make a model, and we called all the other villages - 80 villages - to replicate the experience. But now and again, those efforts get disturbed – badly – in the heat of the moment.

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