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Aspire Rwanda – Helping Women Develop the Business Skills They Need

We are pleased to announce that INSPIRE!africa will be providing financial support to Aspire Rwanda. Aspire Rwanda is a not for profit created with the purpose of helping Rwandan women who find themselves living in extreme poverty, with no marketable skills, unemployed and constantly struggling. Aspire Rwanda was established in 2009 by its Rwandan founder Peace Ruzage.

Aspire Rwanda runs a structured, community based program with a mission of providing women with the support and skills they need to help lift themselves and their families out of the cycle of poverty. The first year of the program is focused on health and education while the second and third years focus on strengthening business and entrepreneurship skills with the goal of equipping the women with the skills to run their own sustainable businesses. INSPIRE!africa is providing support for a business skills trainer.

While this is a new program for INSPIRE!africa to support, Aspire Rwanda is not new to INSPIRE!africa supporters! The women’s cooperative and women’s program along with the children’s centre has been a favorite stop on every volunteer trip to Rwanda. The handicrafts available through Primates A Go Go (http://primatesagogo.com/) at our annual fundraiser are imported from the Aspire Rwanda Tujyembere cooperative. To learn more about Aspire Rwanda please visit their website at http://www.aspirerwanda.org/.

2015 recipient of the Calgary Peace Prize – Roméo Dallaire

INSPIRE!africa is very pleased to hear that the Calgary Centre for Global Community has announced the 2015 recipient of the Calgary Peace Prize as retired Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire.

Lieutenant-General Dallaire was the Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), where he witnessed the atrocities and chaos of the Rwandan Genocide. He is a retired Lieutenant- General, Senator and humanitarian, he is an outspoken advocate for human rights, genocide prevention, mental health and war-affected children.

Rwanda will never ever leave me. It’s in the pores of my body. My soul is in those hills, my spirit is with the spirits of all those people who were slaughtered and killed.” Roméo Dallaire

The Calgary Peace Prize Award Ceremony will be taking place on April 9, 2015. If you would like to take part in the celebration of Lieutenant-General Dallaire’s many contributions, please join us. Details and tickets are available at www.calgarycgc.org/calgary-peace-prize.html.

Calgary Rwandan Genocide Memorial Ceremony will take place April 12 – details will follow in the next newsletter.

Did you know?! A Few Facts about Recovering Rwanda

Rwanda is roughly 26,000 km² or half the size of Nova Scotia. It has a population of approximately 13 million, with 42% of their citizens between the ages of 0 and 14. Over the last three years, per capita income has tripled to $550 a year. Life expectancy is now 63.5 years, a 9 year increase in the past 10 years.

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

Please visit our website or https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/8512 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 102, 520 Cedar Crescent SW Calgary AB T3C 2Y9) are still preferred to reduce administrative costs.

Tax Receipts 2014

Tax Receipts for 2014 donations will be emailed to you and should be received by the end of February. Please contact Monica Ha if you have not received yours by then at

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