The Inzu project is without doubt an ambitious project and the first one of its kind in the whole country.
Our vision is to build Rwanda’s first fully accessible and barrier-free residency and social house for PWD.
Besides becoming a residential building for our co-founder Mechack Rwampungu, enabling him an independent life after many years of being stuck in unaccessible houses, the 4BF Inzu project has bigger aims: A second part of the house will become public space, offering
- an inclusive innovation hub both, for people with and without a disability.
In Rwanda’s capital Kigali, technology hubs are founded at every corner of the city, outside of Kigali though, such facilities are absent. Nyamata therefore is a great site for a such.
Furthermore, the Internet is one of the few barrier-free working and education areas for people in a wheelchair in Rwanda, hence an inclusive hub will offer educational and economic opportunities.
Also, such a facility enhances the cooperation between people regardless their disabilities and consequently contributes to the social inclusion.
- a barrier-free gym also for people with and without a disability.
Sports connect – simple as that. And also, we like to provide with this a free possibility for PWD to do physiotherapy.
- a café and meeting rooms.
After sports, while working and during meetings, all you need is good coffee!
The café and provided meeting rooms revenues will be used to cover 4BF Inzu running costs. The meeting rooms will be used for 4BF Inzu activities but also for social events such as basketball match streamings.
In March 2009, Rwanda has adopted Building Control Regulations, setting standards for facilities for PWD (Edition 1, Sub-section 3.3.15.) which were worked over by the Rwanda Housing Authority in November 2011. It is written
Facilites for persons with disabilities […] are important and necessary.
Unfortunately, it is not only a lack of access in public space but the situation gets worse for people in a wheelchair looking for residency houses which are all not accessible with a wheelchair.
Therefore we will be happy to serve with the Inzu project as a model for accessible initiatives in Rwanda, showing how a dignified and independent life being a PWD in a wheelchair is possible by constructing inclusively.
Where we are at
We have a nice plot in Nyamta, Bugesera district and first designs for the Inzu, all thanks to the generous support of our partners Bank of Kigali and Christoph Spitz.
Follow the progress in our actualities blog.