Save the date for the Annual fundraiser:
Canadian author, Will Ferguson, will be the guest speaker at the 7th Annual INSPIRE!africa Fundraiser on Thursday November 14, 2013 at Webster Galleries. Will Ferguson is an award-winning novelist and travel writer. He is the author of more than a dozen books ranging from budget travel guides to works of literary fiction. In 2012 he won the Scotia Bank Giller prize for his novel 419. He traveled to Rwanda this year and will be sharing his travel tales. Please watch for further details and how to purchase tickets.
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Rwanda Multi Learning Centre (RMLC) – in the 2012/2013 school year, 146 students attended the Learning Centre taking classes in English language and Information Technology, and congratulations goes out to the 128 students that graduated from the program in June 2013, we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Congratulations to Diane Umutesi our second sponsored student to graduate from university. Diane was born in Butare province and was in second grade when the genocide occurred in 1994. Diane lost both of her parents and 1 brother in the genocide. Diane was sponsored by INSPIRE!africa supporters to complete her education and begin to realize her dreams. Diane completed her Bachelor of Accounting degree and has applied for a job at the Equity Bank of Kigali. We wish her the best of luck.
Congratulations to Emery Muhire who has also completed his studies this year and will attend his graduation ceremony this fall. Emery graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting Degree. He was born in Kigali and was in second grade when the genocide occurred. His father was killed prior to the genocide accused of being part of the opposition. His mother was raped during the genocide and now lives with HIV/AIDS and is often sick. He lives with his 2 brothers and 2 sisters and his mother. Emery was sponsored by INSPIRE!africa sponsors to complete his education and is hopeful this will lead him to a good job in business so he can support his family. We wish him the best of luck.
Currently INSPIRE!africa supporters sponsor 12 students.
This year INSPIRE!africa dollars were sent to Rwanda to support:
- Housing renovations for widows in the areas where they are most needed
- Help Line led by AERG (Association des Etudiants et Éleves Rescapés Du Genocide – an organization run by students for student survivors attending higher learning institutions). The legal and counselling helpline will be staffed by volunteers who will assist students struggling with legal issues and trauma.
- Youth Entrepreneurship Program led by AERG. This program supports the development of entrepreneurship skills, including business plan development and presentation skills. This will contribute to the reduction of unemployment amongst Rwandan youth.
- Hygiene kits
- Sewing machine
- Cows, goats and honey bees
We THANK YOU, our supporters for making this possible and positively affecting the lives of so many in Rwanda