Building homes in Rwanda

Funding required: $69,900

This project will help: 50 children and their families

Estimated completion date: October 2022

Country: Rwanda

Executive summary

Shelter is one of the most essential needs for survival, impacting a person’s safety, health, self-esteem and the ability to realize dreams and goals. The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children hold the right to a safe environment in which to live. However, for many children supported by Compassion in Rwanda, safe shelter is just not a reality.

In the rural communities of Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kirehe, Ngoma, Nyagatare and Rwamagana areas in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, some families that Compassion serves are living in dreadful conditions. Heavy rains, flooding, fires and landslides have all but demolished their homes, leaving them with makeshift shelters that could collapse at any time. Their few belongings have been badly damaged by constant exposure to the elements. Caregivers want to provide their families with safe homes, but just don’t have the financial resources to rebuild.

Living in these conditions has a profound impact on children’s lives. They can’t sleep comfortably at night as they face the constant threat of their homes collapsing, which impacts their behaviour and ability to focus in school. Homes are damp and poorly ventilated, creating unhygienic conditions that leave children at increased risk of respiratory problems and other infections.

Thirty-four of our partners have identified 50 families who are living in deplorable conditions and are in immediate need of improved housing. Your help will see the construction of secure, stable housing for these 50 families across 34 Compassion centres in rural Rwanda. Homes will be constructed using cement, sand and stones, with iron sheet roofing and complete with doors and windows to promote basic health and safety.

Did you know?

Rwanda’s two rainy seasons typically last from February to April and November to January.



Compassion’s holistic development program exists to set children free from economic, physical, emotional and spiritual poverty in Jesus’ name, so they can become successful and responsible Christian adults who bring change to their communities. Providing families with safe shelter is an important part of this effort, as it has a profound impact on every aspect of a child’s life and development. In eastern Rwanda, 34 of Compassion’s partners in rural communities have identified 50 families in immediate need of improved housing. Flooding, rainstorms and landslides have demolished their homes, leaving them with dilapidated shelters that pose a constant safety hazard. Living in these conditions has taken a toll on children, impacting their health, self-esteem, and performance in school. Compassion seeks to remove this major barrier to their development through providing new, safe housing.

The need

Unsafe housing poses a major hindrance to children’s holistic development, impacting their physical and emotional well-being. In eastern Rwanda, some of the children Compassion is serving are in desperate need of safe housing. Their homes are in a deplorable state, causing their attendance at school and local Compassion centres to suffer. Without help, their health, safety and future are on the line.

You can provide new homes for 50 families from 34 Compassion centres in eastern Rwanda—benefiting a total of 300 people. Community authorities are supportive of this project and are willing to provide land for families who don’t own any property. Houses will be constructed using locally sourced materials and will include three bedrooms and a sitting room. A second, separate structure will contain a kitchen and a bathroom. Families will also receive some items of furniture. Caregivers and other local community members will volunteer their labour. With your support, these families will have new, safe homes and hope for a brighter future.

What your gift will do

Your support will provide new homes for 50 families in eastern Rwanda:

  • Building materials:
    • Cement, sand, stones and gravel
    • Soakway for pit latrines
    • Reinforcement steel and steel binding wire
    • Mud bricks
    • Timber and wood preservative
    • Iron sheets, nails
    • 100 metallic doors (2 per house)
    • 150 wooden doors (3 per house)
    • 200 windows (4 per house)
  • Skilled labour
  • Unskilled labour
  • Water for construction
  • Transportation


  • Local contribution: US$38,947.97; caregivers and other community members will also contribute labour.
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Rwanda will ensure this intervention remains within budget.
  • Follow-up: Local church partners will monitor the progress of this intervention and report back to Compassion Rwanda. They will also follow up with families to ensure they feel safe, secure and happy in their new homes.

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.