Learn About Inshuti of Rwanda

Our Mission

Building homes in Rwanda to build wellness, stability, a future. Building Inshuti, for life and generations.

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 to 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 started, read the story about our first house.

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 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 name.  

Solome and Rosa Meet

November 2012

Solome and 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

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

Rosa’s 3rd Trip to Rwanda

March 2014

Rosa’s 3rd Trip to Rwanda

Rosa raises $4,000 and returns to build Solome’s house. Felix & Rosa begin to learn how to build a house 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 homes. Inshuti of Rwanda was unofficially created.

Four Houses are Built

January 2015

Four Houses are Built

Rosa and Felix assist in the construction of 4 homes. This 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 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. A board of directors is created and 501(c)3 paperwork is filed.

The 2016 Build

February 2016

The 2016 Build

With $15,000 raised, Rosa returns to Rwanda and oversees the construction of 6 new homes. 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 allowed us to provide beds, mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets for all our 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

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

10 New Homes are Built

January 2017

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

February 2017

Cookware to Help Our Families

In 2017, Inshuti added kitchen supplies to the list of things we stock 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

February 2017

Collaboration with the Local Rwanda Government

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…