We believe housing is a human right. Everyone deserves refuge from the elements and to raise their children in a safe environment. It is our vision that once the fundamental need for shelter is 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 as well as single-mothers and hard-working father families who are currently 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 $97,00 in five years of operation. This has enabled our team to build 32 standard Inshuti houses and two multi-family homes, providing a foundation for the future of 40 families. To date, 95% of our funding goes directly to our families with little allocated for administration costs.
What Our Houses Provide Families
WHAT OUR HOUSES PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY
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.
We Build the 1st House
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.
Our Most Successful Year Yet
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.
40 Families Housed
Inshuti of Rwanda has housed 40 families in five building seasons!! Stay tuned for more…