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Volunteer Trip 2010

On June 21, 2010, a group of 9 INSPIRE!africa volunteers will be heading to Rwanda for our second volunteer trip.

During the trip our volunteers will be teaching English to orphan students at the Learning Centre, visiting all the project which INSPIRE!africa supports and seeing some of the sites of Rwanda including the Mountain gorillas.

Donations

We are compiling a list of gifts which we will take to Rwanda this summer so if you are interested in contributing toward these needed items, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will keep you in the loop as we confirm the list.

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Learning Centre (LC)

Our trip volunteers are busy preparing to teach the students at the LC this summer, and are looking forward to working with Moses and the other Rwandan teachers.

Our volunteers will provide over 100 students with an intensive 9 days of reading, writing and conversational English. The students will get a special opportunity to celebrate Canada Day in class. We will be providing the teachers at the LC with resources that they will be able to use for years to come.

Sponsored Students

All 6 of the INSPIRE!africa sponsored students are well into their second year of their programs and we continue to hear about their positive results. During our summer trip, we will reconnect face to face with all of them and bring back stories of how they have benefitted from our sponsorship.

Ntarama Clinic Maternity Ward and Vocational Training

Over the past couple of years, INSPIRE!africa donors have been supporting the construction and stocking of the Ntarama Medical Clinic and Community Centre.

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The clinic has been operational since 2008 and has been so successful that it has been operating around the clock providing quality medical care to the surrounding community. They are truly grateful for your support.

The Community Centre was just getting started with programs, however due to the overwhelming need for a maternity facility, a request was made by the local community to convert the community centre building (which is immediately adjacent to the medical clinic) into a maternity ward.

Before agreeing to this change in direction, we wanted to make sure that the programs we had envisioned for the community centre and the computers, sewing machines and textiles we purchased for the vocational training programs would still be available to the local community.

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Our Rwandan partner, SURF has assured us that this can happen at a nearby facility. They have outlined their plans to develop a computer centre to provide access to IT literacy classes, as well as income generating through digitization and data inputting projects. For young women survivors, training and textile projects can also be developed.

Knowing that our donors recognise the importance of adapting our work, and accordingly their funding, so we most effectively meet the needs of the community that we are committed to supporting, we have agreed to this change. We know that you will understand that our work is at its best when we can be flexible and responsive.  We are thankful to you for that.

We are looking forward to seeing the medical clinic, the maternity ward as well as the vocational programs in operation during our trip this summer.

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Livestock for Widows

During the past winter, INSPIRE!africa sent donated funds to Rwanda for more widows and their communities to receive goats and cows.

Once again, we will have the good fortune of attending a special cow naming ceremony during our trip where we will meet the recipients of one of the cows that we “created” with Daisy at the November fundraiser.

Thanks to the many donors that made it possible.

Aspire Rwanda “Peace’s Porch Project”

Many of you may have seen the beautiful bead necklaces in the “blind” auction at our past two fundraisers. These necklaces were made by women that have been participating in a program that takes them off the street and teaches them a marketable craft and literacy in their own language (Kinyarwandan).

This program is run by Peace Ruzage on her porch in Kigali. Our partner Network 4 Africa has supported Peace’s initiative since 2008 and we are pleased that one of our supporters generously donated “in lieu of gifts” funds from a special birthday to this project. Thank you for your support Bev Frizzell.

INSPIRE!africa on Facebook!

INSPIRE!africa has a group page on Facebook and we encourage you to join the group and hear about upcoming events and activities. We plan to use our Facebook page to update you on our trip from Kigali, so sign up and check on us while we are away!

Here’s how to sign up:

  1. Go to www.facebook.com (you need a profile in order to do this)
  2. In the search box type INSPIRE!africa
  3. Click on the INSPIRE!africa group
  4. Next to the name INSPIRE!africa at the top of the page there will be a box with the word "join"
  5. Click on it and you are now a member!
  6. Remember to check back for updates from INSPIRE!africa

Garage Sale in Support of INSPIRE!africa

Sale Date: Saturday June 5

Location: 2316 Uxbridge Drive NW (near University of Calgary)

Time: 8:00 to Noon

Drop off items after June 1

Sponsors: Ekvall Family

If you are interested in volunteering at the sale, please contact Dennis Ekvall directly at 403-282-8001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after June 1.