How We Select Families In Need Of Shelter

The first house we built was for Solome in 2014 and that just . . . happened.

In 2015, we built four houses for single-mother families. At this point, a set of qualifications for house recipients had yet to be developed. The women were suggested by Felix, Inshuti's project coordinator, and people Rosa had met in her previous trips to Rwanda. After Rosa visited them and witnessed their need for proper housing, they were selected to be part of our 2015 build.

During 2016 we built six houses, again focusing on single-mother families. As Inshuti of Rwanda began growing into a small nonprofit organization, we realized the need for a set of guidelines when choosing house recipients out of the numerous impoverished families. We decided house recipients must own land and have at least three children of young age. By focusing on younger families, our houses would have a longer lasting impact by improving their lives early on.

For our 2017 building season, we built 10 houses! This year we began working closely with Murara Sector leaders to identify homeless families. We found 130 people in the Murara Sector who were in immediate need of housing and most of our 2017 families came from this list. During this build, we began helping our own masons who had been working with Inshuti since our first house. Now we plan to help both single-mother families and families with working fathers who  are still struggling.

Our biggest building season happened in 2020. We constructed 11 standard Inshuti homes as well as two Umuryango Family houses, for a total of 19 families housed. Inshuti of Rwanda chose the families for the 11 standard houses while Murara Sector leaders chose the eight families for the Umuryango houses. Of our Inshuti house recipients; six had hard-working fathers, four were single-mother families and one was the family of an Inshuti mason. All 19 families had at least three school-aged children.

For the upcoming 2021 build, we have selected 15 families to be our next house recipients. We have a wide range of families we intend to help next year. Some were selected by Murara Sector leaders, while many others are Inshuti workers, and the rest are single-mother families. By giving priority to our Inshuti workers, we are building more than just homes but also building an Inshuti community.

Jean-Pierre's Family

"I have survived the Genocide only to be a refugee in the Congo, but I always wanted to return to Rwanda to raise my children. Now we live in a terrible house with a leaking roof and sleep on the floor."

Worries of a Father

"I am an old man (42 years old) and HIV+ making it harder for me to do manual labor all day. I go to sleep sad knowing I can't provide for my family and worry how I will feed my children."

A New Beginning

"I can't believe people in America would care about how we live. I feel like my family now has the chance of surviving and my children will have a better life."

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