The 40 families of Bwiza Village, in rural Rwanda, live in extreme poverty and face high rates of disease. The village is part of the Community of Potters, an economically disadvantaged and historically marginalized group. The families live in small grass huts, exposing them to wind, rain, cold, and mosquitoes. Poor living conditions, lack of sanitation facilities, and exposure to harsh weather contribute to low hygiene standards and high levels of disease, including Malaria and Tuberculosis.
This project will support the community to construct new, brick homes with access to water and electricity. Funds raised contribute to directly to construction costs (e.g. bricks, windows, cement, and iron sheeting). The construction of solid, insulated houses will directly contribute to a reduction of disease and illness in the community. The new homes will reduce overcrowding, provide protection from the wind, rain, and mosquitoes, and improve hygiene and sanitation standards for families.
The construction of new homes will have substantial long-term impacts on the health and well-being of the community. Improved housing conditions will contribute to lower rates of disease and illness, increasing the health and prosperity of each family. Better hygiene and sanitation will directly support greater health outcomes, reducing the number of preventable deaths. This will increase economic opportunity and empower the village to participate in its own health and economic development.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).