Building sustainable houses in Rwanda to build wellness, stability and a future. We are improving living conditions, creating local jobs and growing a community of Inshuti.
We believe housing is a human right. Everyone deserves refuge from the elements and to raise their children in a safe and sanitary environment. It is our vision that once the fundamental need for shelter has been met, the families who dwell in these homes will have the opportunity to start building their own independent lives.
Inshuti of Rwanda is dedicated to providing shelter to genocide survivors, single mothers and hard-working father families living in deplorable conditions due to a lack of resources. Our families typically have three or more school-age children. By focusing on younger families, our houses will have a longer-lasting impact by improving their lives early on.
Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we have raised over $210,000 in seven years of operation. This has enabled our team to build 69 standard Inshuti houses and two multi-family homes, providing a foundation for the future of 75 families. To date, 95% of Inshuti's funding goes directly to our building projects with little allocated for administration costs.
Inshuti families are the foundation of who we are. Our goal is to provide housing to families living in deplorable conditions due to a lack of resources.
We believe housing is a human right. Everyone deserves access to refuge from the elements and a safe environment to raise their children. Our houses are built to meet the basic need of shelter for impoverished families in Rwanda.
Unsanitary living conditions are a pressing problem for poor people in Rwanda. We are dedicated to alleviating the spread of disease by building each Inshuti house with sanitary cement flooring and a properly dug pit latrine.
Our houses come equipped with the basic needs of a family. We wire homes with electricity and provide beds, mattresses, bedding, mosquito nets, and cookware. A new Inshuti initiative includes school uniforms and supplies for children of house recipient families to ensure everyone can attend school.
Provides the Community
Our budget includes livable wages for our masons and workers, impacting more lives than just our house recipients. In 2023, the entire Inshuti crew will receive a 10% raise to guarantee they can support themselves. This allows families to buy school uniforms, pay for national health insurance, purchase livestock, and ensure food is on the table every night.
We utilize local and sustainable materials to construct each Inshuti home. Local clay deposits are used to make adobe bricks, mud for mortar, and eucalyptus trees for wooden roof scaffolding. By staying committed to using only locally sourced materials, Inshuti is helping to boost the Rwandan economy while protecting the environment.
We are building more than just houses; we are building a community of Inshuti (friends). While providing homes for families in need, we connect people from around the world through contributions, spreading awareness, and growing both a global and local Rwandan community.
Learn how the Genocide affected our Inshuti Families.
Hassan is an Inshuti mason. Before working with us, he spent years building a house for his family brick-by-brick with the small amount of money he earned. The house was constructed with cheap materials, old roofing sheets and the family slept on dirt floors.
We built Hassan's family a new house and provided them with essential items such as; cookware, beds, mattresses, bedding, and a pit latrine. After the first night in his new home, Hassan said, “Up to now, I never would believe that I could own a real house.”
Hassan continues to work hard for his family and is dedicated to improving their lives. He saved money to install metal-framed glass windows and doors and also sends his five boys to private school for a better education.
Rosa’s 1st Trip to Rwanda
Rosa 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 yet know how to help.
Honoring her initial impulse in 2011, Rosa 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.
Solome & Rosa Meet
During a home visit Rosa meets Solome, and her family, 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
Even before leaving Rwanda, Rosa decides she wants to build a house for Solome.
The 1st House is Built
Rosa raises $4,000 and returns to facilitate the construction of Solome’s house. Felix & Rosa begin learning how to build houses in Rwanda.
Inshuti is Unofficially Created
When Rosa returns home she raises $9,500 in the hopes of building more houses. This is when Inshuti of Rwanda was unofficially created.
Four New Houses
Rosa and Felix assist in the construction of 4 homes and developed the standard Inshuti house model. They also visited Solome, finding she made her house into a home. Her children were clean, in school, happy and healthy.
Inshuti Becomes a Non-Profit
Rosa decides that Inshuti needs to become official to help more families. A board of directors is created and 501(c)3 nonprofit paperwork is filed.
The 2016 Build
With $15,000 raised, Rosa and Felix oversee the construction of 6 new homes. One year later, the 2015 families are able to focus on their own futures.
New Beds for New Homes
Exceeding our fundraising goal allowed us to provide beds, mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets for all the 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.
Inshuti Website Launch
For several months Scott and Rosa work at creating a website for Inshuti.
10 New Homes
What a successful year! Felix, Hussein and Rosa oversee the construction of 10 new homes for Inshuti families.
Cookware For Families
In 2017, Inshuti started supplying cookware to families. Previously, women were cooking in pots with holes in them or borrowing from neighbors.
Rwandan Government Collaboration
Inshuti and the local Rwandan government are teaming up to build two Umuryango Family Houses, housing eight families in total.
The 2020 Build
In 2020, we raised $36,000 which allowed us to build 11 standard Inshuti homes and two Umuryango Family homes. A total of 19 families were housed this year.
Covid-19 Food Aid
As the world faced the Covid-19 pandemic, our Inshuti families suffered under a strict lockdown. We raised $6,000 for emergency food aid to feed over 60 families for several months during Covid.
Campaigns For Families
Inshuti launches campaigns for families. Campaigns are run by individuals, schools, or groups who want to support a Rwandan family in need of shelter. They raise money from their circle of friends and family with the end goal of funding the construction of a new house for their Inshuti family. These campaigns allow for more than the building of homes it also builds a bridge between communities.
Officially An NGO In Rwanda
Inshuti of Rwanda’s registration with the Rwanda Government Board (RGB) was approved and became an NGO in Rwanda. A new Rwandan board of directors is formed to meet government regulations and to ensure we continue to support the Inshuti community most effectively.
We Build 15 Houses
Committed to helping more people with each build, in 2021 we constructed 15 new houses and provided over 150 local jobs with liveable wages to our growing Inshuti community.
Inshuti Has Interns
Inshuti partners with the Intern Group and begins offering NGO Management or Digitial Media internships. The first interns jump into projects and immediately join the Inshuti team.
January 2022 Build
Ten more houses are built, but that’s not all we have planned for 2022. Stay tuned for more!
Our Growing Inshuti Communiy
We have sheltered 75 families! Our Inshuti community is growing with each year as we build more houses, provide more local jobs and expand our donor base. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our donors, who help make our impactful work possible.
Inshuti Has An Office
We have an office; right in the heart of the Inshuti community in Rwanda. It’s a place for our team to have meetings, conduct weekly worker payments, and host community gatherings.
Two Builds in 2022
It’s our first time building houses twice in one year. We plan to construct another ten houses in October for a total of 20 homes in 2022, allowing us to provide more consistent work to our crews.