Building homes in Rwanda to build wellness, stability, a future. Building Inshuti.
Who We Are
Inshuti of Rwanda is a nonprofit organization working in collaboration with Rwandans to meet urgent needs: shelter from the elements, jobs, and minimizing the risk of disease.
Our goal is to provide a foundation for the future of the families that dwell in these homes, giving them an opportunity to build their own lives once the fundamental need for shelter is met.
We have raised over $56,000 in the first four years of operation. To date, 100% of our funding has been spent on building homes; none were allocated for administration costs. Thanks to your generous contributions and the hard work of Rosa (Lauren Rose), Felix, and the rest of our team, we’ve built 17 new houses, completed the construction of four more, providing a foundation for the future of 21 different families.
To learn more about how Inshuti of Rwanda got its start, read the story about our 1st house.
History of Inshuti of Rwanda
Lauren Rose’s 1st Trip to Rwanda
Lauren Rose travels to Rwanda for the first time with the University of Florida, Arts in Medicine Program. She meets Felix, the program translator and falls in love with Rwanda. She sees a need, but doesn’t know yet how to help.
Lauren Rose Returns to Rwanda
Honoring her initial impulse in 2011, Lauren Rose returns to Rwanda and volunteers for Rwanda Sustainable Families, a micro-loan organization. During this trip she and Felix conduct home visits to loan recipients.
Lauren Rose Becomes Rosa
Lauren Rose notices people in Rwanda having a difficult time pronouncing and remembering her name. Felix suggests going by Rosa, a more common and easy name to say.
Solome and Rosa Meet
During a home visit Rosa meets Solome, her husband and their four daughters, who were living in a corrugated metal structure with a tarp roof. Walking home, Felix turns to Rosa and says, “You should come back next year and build them a house.”
A House for Solome
Rosa decides to build a house for Solome even before leaving Rwanda.
Rosa begins fundraising to build a house for Solome and her family. She raises about $4,000.
Rosa’s 3rd Trip to Rwanda
Rosa returns for her third trip to Rwanda, and this time to build Solome’s house. Felix and Rosa begin learning about material costs, efficiency in building and other unmet needs.
Inshuti is Unofficially Created
When Rosa returns home she decides to fundraise again in the hopes of building more homes. Inshuti of Rwanda was unofficially created.
2015 Fundraising Begins
Through word of mouth, friends and family, Rosa raises $9,500. She plans her next trip back to Rwanda to build more homes.
Four Houses are Built
Rosa and Felix assist in the construction of 4 homes in varying styles. This was the year the standard Inshuti house model was developed. They also visited Solome, one year after building her house, to find that she’d made it into a home. The family was living together once again, the children were clean, in school, happy and healthy.
Inshuti Becomes a Non-Profit
Rosa decides that Inshuti needs to become official. Katie and Jayinee become board members and 501(c)3 paperwork is filed.
2016 Fundraising Begins
Fundraising for the 2016 build begins. Even without nonprofit status, $15,000 was raised, exceeding their original goal of $12,000 to build 4 houses. This was made possible by the generous donation of many friends, families and local partners.
The 2016 Build
Rosa returns to Rwanda to build 4 new homes and is able to complete the construction of 2 more unfinished houses with the additional money raised. One year later, the 2015 families, are happy, healthy and able to focus on their own futures.
New Beds for New Homes
Exceeding the fundraising goal also allowed Inshuti of Rwanda to provide beds, mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets for our 2015 and 2016 families.
Rosa and Felix, alongside local Rwandan officials, make plans for 2017 with the goal to raise $28,000 for the construction of 10 new houses.
The Inshuti Board Meets
Rosa returns from overseas sharing pictures and stories from the 2016 build while also introducing everyone to the 2017 families. The board is brimming with ideas of how to bolster fundraising to reach the new goal of 10 houses.
Collaboration and Partnerships
The Inshuti board initiates a collaboration with the School of International Training (SIT) and connections with various other community members are made. Scott and Rosa start building the Inshuti website and our team prepares for the start of fundraising.
Inshuti Website Launch
During most of the summer, Scott and Rosa work at creating a website for Inshuti.
2017 Fundraising Begins
Using their new website, the Inshuti board begins fundraising for the 2017 build. This years goal is to raise $28,000 to build 10 new homes.
10 New Homes are Built
What a successful year! Felix, Hussein and Rosa oversee the construction of 10 new homes for Inshuti families.
Cookware to Help Our Families
In 2017, Inshuti added kitchen supplies to the list of things we stocked in our new homes. Previously, women were cooking in pots with holes in them, as there was never enough money for new ones.
Collaboration with the Local Rwanda Government
Inshuti and the local Rwandan government are teaming up to build the Abasaza House, their new senior living project. An apartment style house, built by Inshuti on land provided but the Rwandan government, this will be a home for elderly folks without families.
New Board Members Join the Team
Inshuti welcomes Gail, Niko and Rob onto the team. New energy is felt amongst the group and everyone is excited for the year to come.
2018 Fundraising Begins
Plans for 2018 are made which include 10 new homes and their new project, the Abasaza House. Inshuti hopes to raise $38,000 for the 2018 building season which will help provide wellness, stability and a future to their families.