Humanitarian Projects Needing Volunteers

Entry DateOctober 9, 2017

What is the name of the project?

Karambo River Master Plan

Organization name

Empowering Villages

What country is the project located?



Primary contact

Dan Klinck


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International Phone Number

+250 784 912 333

Is the organization capable and agreeable to communicating several times per week during the design stage?


Explain the humanitarian need for this project and how this project can meet the need.

This village near the Karambo River in Rwanda has great potential for entrepreneurship and business development, but they do not necessarily have the space and infrastructure they need to catalyze this growth. This project aims to meet the need for infrastructure and give the resources they need to carry on and build a sustainable economy.

What is the mission statement of the organization you represent?

To enable access to electricity and empower communities with leading socio-economic development solutions in energy, environment, entrepreneurship, education and enjoyment.

What humanitarian category does the project best fit under?

Business and Manufacturing Center

Describe the current budget situation. Is the land owned outright? What has been spent on the project and what is the estimated remaining costs? What is the strategy for attaining outstanding funds? Please provide as many specifics as possible.


Describe the land situation. Has land been procured? Has a site been selected? Was land donated from the local government? Is a deed in-hand? Is the organization currently looking for land?

Land has not yet been procured but there is property speculated. Property size is yet to be determined but will be somewhere between 5-10 acres. Detailed survey will be sent via email.

What is typical price per square meter for construction in this region?


Is the organization capable of hosting (transportation, lodging, translation, safety, etc.) designer site visits? Design teams typically consist of 2-6 people and stay for 7 days.


What are the specific program desires for the project. How many buildings, stories, and floor plan square meters? Provide a detailed list of rooms desired and their specific intent.

List of desired spaces:
- powerhouse facility (simple design)
- covered space(s) for manufacturing and storage (bricks, gravel, roof tiles, etc)
- possible shipping containers for secure storage
- 6-8 booths for business to sell goods
- Open and flexible community gathering space (community center)

Provide any additional information that should be considered.

Think of creative ways to gather the community around its industries. A dynamic and inspiring space can spark the locals' confidence, boosting their ability to run their own economic center. With the introduction of electricity via hydropower, we will be providing energy to this community to maximize and reverse the effects of current under-use of energy in rural areas of Rwanda. Also, the Karambo river is subject to flash flooding during the wet season.

Explain the desired timeline from the project. When do you hope to start and finish construction? Will construction occur in phases?

This project is early on in the development timeline. We do not have cash flow yet, but this design will help to get investors on board. Construction will occur in phases, as money goes in, starting with the power house and next the business center.