Our Mission

Building sustainable homes in Rwanda to build wellness, stability and a future; we are improving living conditions, creating local jobs and growing a community of Inshuti.

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Our Vision

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.

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Our Families

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.

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Our Success

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.

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What Our Houses Provide Families

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.

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Safety From the Elements

We believe housing is a human right. Everyone deserves refuge from the elements and to raise their children in a safe environment. Our houses meet the basic need of shelter for impoverished families in Rwanda.

Prevent the Spread of disease

Unsanitary living conditions are a pressing problem to 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.

Basic Living Necessities

All our houses come equipped with the basic needs for a family. We provide mattresses, bedding, mosquito nets and cookware for a good night's sleep on a full stomach. New for 2021, brighter homes as electricity becomes standard in each house.

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What Our Houses
Provide the Community
Your donation goes beyond helping Inshuti house recipients as we are dedicated to helping our Rwandan community prosper and lead independent lives.
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Liveable Wages

Included in our budget are livable wages for our masons and workers which impacts more lives than just our house recipients. This gives families the opportunity to buy school uniforms, pay for national health insurance and ensure food is on the table every night.

Sustainable Materials

We use sustainable materials such as adobe bricks, with mud for mortar and eucalyptus wood scaffolding for the roof. By staying committed to using only locally sourced materials, Inshuti of Rwanda is helping to boost the Rwandan economy.

Building An Inshuti Community

We are building more than just houses, we are building Inshuti (friends). Our projects provide homes for families while connecting people and communities across the world. We invite you to join our Inshuti community.

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Rwanda Genocide
Over 1 million people were massacred in less than 100 days.
Learn how the Genocide affected our Inshuti Families.
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How We Make A Difference
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Old House In 2016

Our Inshuti mason, Hassan, was building a house for his family brick by brick with the small amount of money he earned.

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New Inshuti House in 2018

“Up to now, I never would believe that I could own a real house” Hassan, after his first nights sleep in his new home.

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Improved House in 2020

Hassan is still working hard to improve his family’s life. He recently installed new, metal-framed, glass windows and doors .

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History of Inshuti of Rwanda
Building Houses since 2014
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Building Homes & Uniting Communities
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40 familes sheltered in 5 bulding seasons
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Rosa’s 1st Trip to Rwanda

April 2011

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.

Rosa Returns

November 2012

Rosa Returns

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

November 2012

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

November 2012

A House for Solome

Even before leaving Rwanda, Rosa decides she wants to build a house for Solome. 

We Build the 1st House

March 2014

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

May 2014

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

January 2015

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

September 2015

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

February 2016

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

March 2016

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.

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.

Inshuti Website Launch

October 2016

Inshuti Website Launch

For several months Scott and Rosa work at creating a website for Inshuti.

10 New Homes

January 2017

10 New Homes

What a successful year! Felix, Hussein and Rosa oversee the construction of 10 new homes for Inshuti families.

Cookware For Families

February 2017

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

February 2017

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

February 2020

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

March 2020

40 Families Housed

Inshuti of Rwanda has housed 40 families in five building seasons!! Stay tuned for more…