Inshuti of Rwanda is a nonprofit organization working in collaboration with Rwandans to build simply designed, locally sourced, and hygienic housing.
The houses that we construct provide much more than a foundation of a shelter. They provide safety from the elements, prevent the spread of diseases through sanitary flooring, beds with mosquito nets and proper pit latrines. We rely on locally-sourced materials and construction workers paid a fair wage, supplying jobs in the process.
Inshuti means “friend” in Kinyarwanda; we invite you to join us as friends and supporters of our mission.
Day #1- Laying the lava rock foundation at Olive's new house.
Day #2- First layers of adobe bricks are laid at Jean-Bosco's new house.
Day #3- Eucalyptus scaffolding is constructed so the masons can add another layer of adobe bricks. You can begin to see the shapes of windows and doors.
Day #3- View of the interior of Agnes's new house. The masons in the background continue to add layers of adobe bricks.
Day #3- Workers toss adobe bricks inside Claudette's new house so construction can be done on the interior walls.
Day #6- Day off at Hassan's new house to allow the adobe bricks to dry. On day #7 they will begin to construct the Eucalyptus wood scaffolding for the roof.
Day #5- Workers and masons add the lentil wood to make doorways and windows at Olive's new house.
Day #5- Smiley, the head mason at Olive's house, adds the lentil wood to create a doorway.
Day #4- Jean-Bosco's house begins to take shape as masons and workers continue adding layers of adobe bricks.
Day #4- Masons and workers continue buildng the back wall of Claudette's new house.
Day 7- Pascale, a roofer, building the eucalyptus wood scaffolding for Hassan's roof.
Day #7- Eucalyptus wood scaffolding is constructed for the roof at Hassan's new house.
Clay ventilators are placed above windows and doorways and are used to provide airflow into the house.
Nyiranzayisenga Josiane, Jean-Bosco's second youngest child, sits outside her new house as it's being constructed by her father, family and friends
Day #9 of construction at Claudette's house. Umusaza, a laborer, looks up at a mason working on the roof.