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Volunteer Trip May 23 to June 7, 2014

To experience Rwanda firsthand is a trip like no other. Rwanda’s natural beauty, scarred past and welcoming culture make it a place that every traveler loves. INSPIRE!africa is offering its fourth volunteer trip to Rwanda this May. As April marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide, it will surely be a memorable experience. We have 10 participants registered and have room for 2 more.  If you are interested in joining us on this trip please contact us.

Please check our next newsletter (April/May) for a more detailed list of specific items to donate that we will take with us.

SAVE THE DATE - 8th Annual Fundraising Gala – November 20th, 2014

Did you miss out on this year’s fundraiser? Or did this year’s event leave you wanting more?! Please mark your calendars for the 2014 annual fundraiser! The lovely Webster Gallery has once again agreed to host this year’s event on Thursday, November 20th, 2014. We hope that you can join us for another fun and exciting evening raising funds for the resilient people of Rwanda!

An Update on the Rwanda Multi Learning Centre

The results of the 2013 evaluation of the Learning Centre show that students appreciate and value the friendships and connections they have made at the centre as well as the confidence and an increased level of comfort that the environment at the Learning Centre has provided. Students identified learning English and computer skills as their top two important skills acquired which has helped give them hope for their future through opportunities in continued education, starting their own businesses or finding a good job.

20th Anniversary of the Genocide – April to June 1994

Twenty years have passed since the horrific events of the Rwandan genocide where an estimated 800, 000 people died at the hands of Hutu extremist militias. Commemorative events for the anniversary have already begun. On January 7th, at the Kigali genocide memorial, the Minister of Foreign Affairs lit a flame of remembrance that will travel throughout Rwanda prior to an official period of mourning that will begin on April 7th. Every year the week of April 7th is a period of mourning where national television shows broadcast footage of the genocide while Rwandans wear purple as the colour of mourning, candlelight vigils are held through the country.

For the 20th anniversary, events have been planned across the country that will focus on cementing the memories of the genocide, fostering reconciliation and reflecting on the progress that has been made since. Please keep Rwanda in your hearts and minds this April as we reflect on the last twenty years.

The Calgary Rwandan community will be hosting a public event in April.  If interested please email us and we’ll let you know the details when we get them.

Enormous THANKS from the I!a Board to our Outgoing Treasurer

The Board of Directors would like to extended a large thank you to Craig Rubie for his invaluable role as treasurer of the Foundation for the past five years. Under his stewardship the Foundation has grown from a fledgling organization to where it is today. Thank you Craig!

I!a is now seeking a New Treasurer

Are you someone who likes money? Or do you know someone who would be perfect for the job? We would love to hear from you! We are looking for an enthusiast and willing volunteer to track and record all donations, execute the transfer payments to projects in Rwanda and to ensure compliance with the Canada Revenue Agency. This is a great opportunity for anyone with accounting experience looking to get involved in international development work. For more information contact us.

INSPIRE!africa now accepting online donations at CanadaHelps.org!

Please visit our website or  Canada Helps if you wish to donate online. Although we are excited to make donating even easier for you with this online option, mail-in donations (sent to 2330 3rd Ave NW Calgary T2N 0K8) are still preferred to reduce administrative costs.

Tax Receipts 2013

Tax Receipts for 2013 donations have been sent via email or regular mail. Please contact us if you have not received yours.

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