Learn About Inshuti of Rwanda

Our Mission

Building homes in Rwanda to build wellness, stability, a future.  Building Inshuti.

Who We Are

Total Cost of an Inshuti House: $2669.91 – Click to see the full cost breakdown.

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 and beds with mosquito nets, as well as supply jobs for local people. In short, it is a foundation for a future.
Within the first 3 years, we have raised $30,000. All of the money being spent on building homes; none of the funds were allocated for administration costs. Thanks to your generous contributions and the hard work of Lauren Rose (Rosa), Felix, and the rest of our team, we built 8 new houses, completed the construction of 3 more houses, and helped lay the foundation for a future for 12 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

April 2011

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

November 2012

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 Meets Solome

November 2012

Lauren Rose Meets Solome

During one of the home visits 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 Lauren Rose and says, “You should come back next year and build them a house.”

Lauren Rose Becomes Rosa

November 2012

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.  

A House for Solome

November 2012

A House for Solome

Rosa decides to build a house for Solome even before leaving Rwanda.

Fundraising Begins

January 2013

Fundraising Begins

Rosa begins fundraising to build a house for Solome and her family. She raises about $4,000.

Daniel’s First Trip to Rwanda

March 2014

Daniel’s First Trip to Rwanda

Daniel goes to Rwanda for the first time and Rosa returns for her third trip.  This time to build the first home. Along with Felix, they begin learning about material costs, efficiency in building and other unmet needs.

Inshuti is Unofficially Created

May 2014

Inshuti is Unofficially Created

When Rosa and Daniel return home they decide to fundraise again in the hopes of building more homes. Inshuti of Rwanda was unofficially created.

2015 Fundraising Begins

July 2014

2015 Fundraising Begins

Rosa and Daniel raise $9,500 and plan their trip back to Rwanda to build more homes.

Four Houses are Built

January 2015

Four Houses are Built

Rosa, Daniel 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, 1 year after the building of her house, to find that she had made it into a home. The family was living together once again, the children were in school and clean, happy and healthy.

Inshuti Becomes a Non-Profit

September 2015

Inshuti Becomes a Non-Profit

Rosa decides that Inshuti needs to become official.  A board is formed and 501(c)3 paperwork is filed.

2016 Fundraising Begins

October 2015

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

February 2016

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

March 2016

New Beds for New Homes

Exceeding the fundraising goal also allowed Inshuti of Rwanda to provide beds, mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets for the 2015 and 2016 families.

2017 Brainstorming

March 2016

2017 Brainstorming

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

June 2016

The Inshuti Board Meets

Rosa returns from overseas and cooks a traditional Rwandan dinner for the board. She shares 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

August 2016

Collaboration and Partnerships

Lauren Rose and Katie pursue a collaboration with the School of International Training (SIT) and Daniel builds connections with various other community members. Jayinee and Scott help Lauren and Katie build the Inshuti website. Our team prepares for the start of fundraising.

Inshuti Website Launch

October 2016

Inshuti Website Launch

During most of the summer, Scott and Rosa work at creating a website for Inshuti.

2017 Fundraising Begins

November 2016

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.

Rosa Leaves for Rwanda

January 2017

Rosa Leaves for Rwanda

Rosa travels to Rwanda to help facilitate the construction of 10 new houses.  This year, Rosa & Felix plan on registering Inshuti of Rwanda with the Rwandan government, continue to facilitate collaboration with Rubavu sector leaders and make plans for the 2018 build.