Building Foundations for the Future: RWANDA


Some of the pro-bono clients of ConsciousBuild’s unique business model are beginning to bear fruit, and we felt it was necessary to illustrate the model again – as well as the results!

ConsciousBuild believes that all people deserve good design in this world, even if they can’t afford it. That is why our business model operates so that we can set aside some of the profit from our clients in order to work on  pro-bono and non-profit projects each year. Last year, we found that we dedicated 3.2% of our profit and time to pro-bono projects. One of those projects is the Sunzu Library in Rwanda.

The Sunzu Library is a community project for the Sunzu Village in the Northern Province of Rwanda. This region is known to be home to some of the poorest and most under-educated people in Rwanda. The owner of the property reached out to Journeyman International (our sister non-profit design organization), and had an idea of how to promote change throughout this region. His idea was to build a “library”, which could also be used as a women’s center, a community meeting room, and a library for children. Our staff at ConsciousBuild teamed with two SLO-based structural engineers (Michel Kalin of MKSE, and Dove Daniel of Cannon) in order to provide working construction drawings for the client, and over the past year the client has began to build the library with a volunteer workforce. Just recently the walls went up!

If you want to learn more about how you can contribute to this kind of work, or if you have a project that may be perfect for our team, please contact us at Even your custom home project here in California can have a huge impact on populations half a world away through ConsciousBuild’s pro bono commitment!


+ Andrew C. Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP
Photo Credits: Dan Klinck




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