7th Annual Fundraising Gala - ‘The Future of Rwanda is NOW’
It’s that time of year again and we can’t wait to see you all for another fantastic evening rallying around such a worthwhile cause! Last’s year’s event was a huge success, raising a record $95,000 to support the widows and orphans of the Rwandan genocide. We are calling on your support once again to ensure this year’s event is just as exciting.
INSPIRE!africa’s 7th Annual Fundraising Gala
Thursday November 14th
This year’s theme is ‘The Future of Rwanda is NOW’. We will highlight the many positive initiatives taking place in Rwanda right now, and with continued support, survivors have the potential to ensure a bright future.
The evening will be filled with a silent auction, sale of Christmas decorations from Rwanda, Rwandan inspired Art Cards, tasty appetizers, a cash bar, and updates on what your generous donations have helped accomplish over the past year. As well as an exciting presentation by our guest speaker, renowned Canadian author, Will Ferguson.
Mr. Ferguson is an award winning novelist and travel writer, he will be speaking about his recent trip to Rwanda: "Rwanda from a Traveler’s Perspective: Hope and Reconciliation”.
Donations will be requested throughout the evening, cash or cheque is preferred.
Call for Silent Auction Items
INSPIRE!africa has worked with SURF, a Survivor’s relief organization to help provide support to several key projects across Rwanda. Below are several short updates on some of these projects.
Last year INSPIRE!africa raised funds for the renovations of 15 homes. Many houses, as well as the kitchen and bathroom houses, have been reconstructed or repaired in the Ntarama Survivors Village. Housing reconstruction work has now started in the Cyangugu area, where our volunteers visited last year.
The story of one woman in the Ntarama Survivors Village, Edith Kayitesi, was particularly touching to hear. Edith is a widow and a single mother, her house first collapsed in 2011 and with the help of her village she tried to fix and rebuild it. Unfortunately it was not done very well and soon her house was once again on the verge of collapsing. Edith expressed sincere thanks to INSPIRE!africa for the help provided to properly repair her home. The comfort of having a safe and secure home for her and her child is an incredible burden lifted from her shoulders as it was a task too large for her to handle on her own.
INSPIRE!africa has funded several projects through the AERG, a university student organization for genocide survivors. One such program has been the introduction of a helpline. The helpline provides support to students struggling with issues as a result of the genocide. The phone operators have been trained to field calls from survivors seeking emotional or legal rights counseling. The helpline went live this past August and has been well received within the AERG community. There are plans in place to further advertise the availability and the benefits of the helpline, with the hope of reaching out to all those in need within the AERG community.
Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Another AERG program that INSPIRE!africa has been supporting this past year is the Youth Entrepreneurship Program. University students are trained to develop their own business plans and are given the support and coaching necessary to start out on their own. The program is now in place at five universities with 150 students enrolled.
It is thanks to your donations that INSPIRE!africa has been able to play an important part in these worthwhile initiatives!