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Over the past number of months, INSPIRE!africa has been busy getting ready to go to Rwanda. We thought you might be interested in our plans, so here goes!

INSPIRE!africa has organized a trip to Rwanda to see projects supporting widows and orphans of the genocide and to do some volunteer work at the Solace Learning Centre in Kigali. Our group of 9 is leaving on July 13 and will be in Rwanda for 2 weeks. In the mornings we will be teaching English as well as business and computer skills to young adult orphans and widows and in the afternoons we will be visiting various projects such as child-headed households and the INSPIRE!africa sponsored community centre and medical clinic at Ntarama (see below). We will also be seeing the mountain gorillas and going on a short safari in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. We will have lots of stories to share with you when we return.

Donation requests before we leave:

In addition, we have received a generous donation from Calgary Academy of 9 laptop computers which we will be taking to Rwanda for use at the Solace Learning Centre. Before we leave we are looking for donations for equipment to support these computers. Such items include discs, computer locks, software, mice, memory sticks, etc. If you would like to donate to the costs of this equipment or have some of these items hanging around, please let us know as soon as possible. We can provide you with a tax deductible receipt for your donation.

Sponsored students:

One part of the trip we are all looking forward to is meeting 5 students in particular at the Solace Learning Centre. These 5 students are orphans of the genocide and have been working hard to complete their secondary education so they are ready for University in Kigali. However, dedication to their studies has not been enough to get them to university because they are poor and their lives have been very difficult since loosing their parents in 1994. INSPIRE!africa was able to find sponsors so they would have the financial means to attend university. Over the next 3-4 years, these sponsors will provide the students with tuition, books, transportation and lodging costs as well as friendship and support via e-mail. If you are interested in sponsoring a student starting next year, please let us know.

Ntarama Medical Clinic and Community Centre Update: Thank You

The buildings are almost complete and it is expected that the final touches will be done by August. We thank all our donors for their support in making this project possible. We look forward to seeing the results of our fundraising efforts when we are in Rwanda.

The clinic will include the following:

  • a doctor and nurse to provide basic health care,
  • instruction in hygiene and nutrition,
  • as well as sexual and reproductive health between 8 and 9 each morning for orphans and widows,
  • a shaded area where people can wait out of the sun.

Since most orphans’ parents were killed before they could learn about health, nutrition, farming, or the most basic aspects of life, the community centre will offer;

  • continuing education for the community, including vocational studies such as hairdressing, leatherwork, agriculture, and mechanical maintenance, as well as IT, and literacy,
  • a place for local groups to have meetings, conferences, parties, and weddings.

During a recent visit by Rebecca Tinsley, a local widow who did not know that she was connected to the project told her how excited she was about “our clinic”. She said she was happy because it was much less likely her daughters would die in childbirth.

Thanks for your continued support and enjoy your summer.

Alix and Margaret