Samuel and his wife Christine live in Samuels's old family home with their one-year-old twins Emmanuel and Moise. They also live with Samuels's three siblings, Marie-Claire, 18; Eric, 16; and Emerance, 10; as well as Christine’s younger sister Claudine who is 12. Providing for the twins is already tough with the resources they have, but Samuel and Christine are also supporting four siblings.
Christine and Claudine were born two hours' walk from here, in an even more remote village. Their parents are very poor, so Claudine was sent to stay with Christine and Samuel to help take care of the twins but also because their parents could not afford to keep her at home.
Marie-Claire looks for work during the days while Eric and Emerance are in school. She works cultivating other people’s land for 70-80 cents a day. Samuel is a bicycle taxi, with a bike his mother bought him before she died, with the money she saved from being a seamstress. Samuel mainly transports cabbages to the DRC border for $1, and it takes him a whole day to make one complete trip.
The house they live in is old, poorly constructed, and has many holes in the roof. Samuel and Christine's siblings sleep on dried beans stalks and a grass mat laid on the floor. They have no blankets to keep them warm in bad weather. Their pit latrine is broken and disgusting, making it extremely unsanitary.
With things as they are providing for two children and four siblings, Samuel and Christine will never be able to get ahead, which is why it is important that we support them.
For many years I have known I would travel to Rwanda, knowing it as a beautiful place and a place to honor and learn from. I didn’t know how or when I would go, and just recently, I was connected to Rosa through Liz Jackson at Gogi Abroad, and they have worked together to make it possible for me to be part of this project.
I am honored to have the opportunity to help build Samuel, Christine, Emmanuel, and Mosies’ house this coming January. I hope that this new house, and the support from the Inshuti Non-Profit, are exactly what Samuel’s family needs to feel like they are thriving, and I hope I can be a part of that support.
Supporting this campaign makes it possible for Samuel’s family to receive their new home and for me to be there with them when it happens.
I am excited to learn from Rosa, the rest of the Inshuti, and the people I meet. I’m confident that this time in Rwanda will serve me well going forward, both professionally and personally, as I continue my education and career.
Thank you all tremendously for your support.
Christine, Samuel, Emmanuel & Moise in front of their old house.
Samuel, his wife and two children all sleep together on this old mattress.
Samuel and Christine's siblings sleep on dried beans stalks and a grass mat laid on the floor. They have no blankets to keep them warm in bad weather.
Despite being a bicycle taxi, Samuel can not afford to take care of his young family because he is burdened with supporting several brothers and sisters.
This sewing machine belonged to Samuel's late mother. She saved money from sewing jobs to buy Samuel his bicycle that he now uses as a taxi.
The family only has a few old pots for cooking.
Samuel hopes he can pay for his younger siblings to attend secondary school so they have more opportunities for jobs than he had.
The roof has holes, and the adobe brick walls are crumbling, leaving the family exposed to the elements.
The family owns few possessions and struggles to buy basic living items.
Help Cora shelter Christine and Samuel's family by donating today.