Ntarama Community Centre and Medical Clinic
As you know, construction of the Ntarama Community Centre and Medical Clinic was completed this past summer with the support of INSPIRE!africa. We are pleased to report that vocational training programs have started in the centre and further programming will be initiated once a detailed plan is finalized and further staff hired.
Our Rwandan partners (Survivors Fund) are in the process of stocking the medical clinic and INSPIRE!africa is supporting this effort through the purchase of medical equipment and supplies. Of particular note is that INSPIRE!africa has provided funds to purchase a Spectrophotometer; this is the most necessary piece of equipment as it allows blood testing and biochemistry analysis to be done right at the clinic rather than sending samples to Kigali.
The clinic will ensure that the rural community of Ntarama (pop 30,000) will have access to basic health care, pre and post natal care, trauma counseling, and support, treatment and counseling for those infected with HIV/AIDS. INSPIRE!africa is pleased that we are able to play such a significant role in the development of this project.
Livestock for Widows
We are pleased to announce that INSPIRE!africa has met its goal of supplying 170 widows in the community of Kabuga with a goat by Christmas 2008.
In additional, we received donations for 2 more cows at our November 2008 fundraiser and will be working with our Rwandan partner, Solace, to see that these cows are provided to needy widows. We have also heard that the cow we purchased last summer with funds from one of our donors has given birth and the calf has been given to widow in another community so suddenly our investment has doubled!
The Learning Centre has recently expanded with the addition of a classroom and another full time local teacher has been hired. This will mean that the Centre is now able to offer English, business and computer classes to 100 genocide orphans, up from 40 students. Through one of our generous donors, INSPIRE!africa funds were used to purchase desks and chairs for the existing and new classrooms.
Also, the 6 students which INSPIRE!africa sponsors are supporting to attend university or complete their secondary education started their classes in January (the beginning of the Rwandan school year) and all reports indicate they are settling into their studies and are truly thankful for the gift of education they have received. If you are interested in sponsoring a student this coming year, please let us know.
INSPIRE!africa is looking for volunteers to help us out with some areas of our work. Below is the list of the 'positions' that are available. These are general ideas of what we need but we are open to your suggestions of how to get it done. Please let us know if you are interested in committing time and energy into one or more of these jobs, with the idea that it would be for at least a one year “term” (ideally two).
- Volunteer Liaison and Coordinator: A number of people have indicated that they are interested in volunteering with I!A, including volunteering in Rwanda and we get one or two e-mails a month from people enquiring about opportunities. We need someone to follow-up with these people to see what their skills are, how they want to contribute and provide information to them about volunteer opportunities both here and in Rwanda. The Volunteer Coordinator would identify volunteers to help with various activities we may take on during the year such as manning booths at events, administrative work and helping with our annual fundraiser.
- Research and Proposal Writing: This job would involve researching grants that we may be eligible for and completing the application forms on behalf of the Board of Directors.
- Marketing Plan: We are looking for someone with a marketing background to prepare a marketing plan for us and provide us with some guidance as we sort out where we want I!A to go in the next few years.
2008 Tax Receipts
Speaker Series and Fundraisers
Recently INSPIRE!africa has been invited to speak at 2 events in S. Alberta: Margaret spoke at the March 10 Calgary Justice Film Festival screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo and Alix spoke at the Diversity Conference at Olds High School on March 4.
3rd Annual INSPIRE!africa Fundraiser
Save the date. We have booked Thursday November 19, 2009 at Webster Galleries in Calgary for our next gala fundraiser.
Rwanda Genocide 15th Anniversary Memorial
April 2009 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. There are a number of memorial events planned across the country in remembrance. A Calgary memorial organized by the local Rwandan community will be held on April 11th from 2:00 to 5:00 at the New Life Community Church, 7642 22nd Street SE.
Thank-you for your continued interest and support,
Margaret, Alix and Craig