Safe housing

Funding required: $93,970

This project will help: 32 children and their families from 15 Compassion centres

Estimated completion date: February 2021

In Rwanda, extreme poverty has left many families in dire need of safe shelter. Compassion has been working with rural communities in the Nyamasheke, Muhanga, Nyanza, Kirehe Ruhango, Huye Gisagara and Kamonyi areas, where many families simply do not have an appropriate place to call home.

Most homes have mud walls and tin roofs and are poorly constructed. Entire families typically live together in a single room. These shelters offer no privacy and leave inhabitants exposed to the elements. Heavy rainfall, flooding and strong winds have left many homes dilapidated beyond repair. Some villagers have seen their homes swept away entirely during storms. “As other people are praying to God for rain, my family shudders in fear of where to sleep if it rains,” said one father. “The walls are mud, and rainwater weakens them all the more. We keep wondering what is next.”

Living in such miserable conditions not only puts children at increased risk of disease but poses a major hindrance to their participation in the Compassion program. During rainy seasons, attendance drops significantly. Centre staff are working hard to reach vulnerable families, but children’s living conditions are preventing them from accessing the resources of the program.

Having access to basic needs like shelter, food, water and clothing is essential in the development of these communities. However, without the means to improve their housing, families here struggle to move forward.

You can help vulnerable children in Rwanda obtain safe, decent homes—a place they can live without fear. By providing these families with home renovations, you can change the future for these children and their communities.

Give the gift of secure homes and give families peace, health and hope for the future.


This initiative will provide home renovations to 32 highly vulnerable children and their families in rural Rwanda. All one-room dwellings will be upgraded to have at least two bedrooms and a living room. Durable building materials will ensure that the homes can withstand harsh weather conditions.

Child development centres impacted:

  • 15 Compassion centres across rural Rwanda

What is provided through this gift:

  • 32 homes for families in rural Rwanda, including building materials:
    • Cement, sand, mud bricks, stones and gravel
    • Reinforcement steel
    • Steel binding wire
    • Timber for walls, wood preservative
    • Iron sheets for roofing
    • Doors and windows
    • Nails
  • Skilled labour
  • Water for construction
  • Transportation costs
  • Household furniture
  • Monitoring and reporting


  • Local contribution: US$8,501 and unskilled labour by caregivers
  • Monitoring: A team of caregiver representatives and centre staff from each of the eight areas will hire contractors and supervise the project at each stage. Staff will also gather and oversee a team of caregivers who will assist with labour.
  • Handling of funds: Compassion’s national office in Rwanda will monitor the ongoing costs of the intervention.
  • Follow-up: Local church partners will follow up with each family to ensure that their living conditions remain safe and stable. Through this intervention, centre staff hope to improve children’s overall attendance and performance at their Compassion centres.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.