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  • INSPIRE!africa August 2016 Newsletter

    SAVE THE DATE!  INSPIRE!africa’s Annual Fundraiser When: Thursday, November 17th Where: Webster Galleries, 812 11 Ave SW, Calgary Time: 4:30-7:30 If you would like to be part of this wonderful event, we are looking for a volunteer coordinator. If this interests you or you know someone perfect for the job Read More
  • April 2016 Newsletter

    Dear INSPIRE!africa supporter, At INSPIRE!africa we are so excited to be planning another visit to Rwanda in May 2016. Our enthusiastic group of volunteers who are participating in the trip will be making new Rwandan friends and supporting them wherever we can so they can  get ahead. We are writing Read More
  • INSPIRE!africa March 2016 Newsletter

    Experience your own ‘Road Trip Rwanda’ this May 2016 Do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? Well, you’re in luck! We have 3 spots left on our 2016 INSPIRE!africa Volunteer Trip to Rwanda. Once we arrive in the beautiful land of a thousand hills, we will be teaching English, visiting Read More
  • INSPIRE!africa 9th Annual Fundraiser another huge success!

    Our donors have once again shown incredible generosity.  Thanks to you, we raised $127,000 at our fundraiser this year.  On behalf of Rwanda’s survivors, we are sincerely grateful. “The Future of Rwanda: Helping the next generation after the Rwanda genocide” was the theme of this year’s fabulous fundraiser held November Read More
  • September 2015 Newsletter

    It’s That Time of Year Again! – INSPIRE!africa’s Annual Fundraiser When: Thursday November 19thWhere: Webster Galleries, 812 11 Ave SW, CalgaryTime: 4:30-7:30​Tickets: $50 This year’s theme is “The Future of Rwanda: Helping the next generation after the Rwanda genocide”. This inspiring and fun filled evening will include several speakers and a Read More
  • June 2015

    An Update on the SURF Helpline Prior to the establishment of the Helpline, counselling and legal support was not often available to young survivors, as many were isolated in rural areas and unable to afford to travel to Kigali.  But the need was still there as research has found that Read More
  • May 2015

    Although it was just year ago when our volunteers were in Rwanda, we are always intouch with our Rwandan friends and with your support we continue to help many who are still suffering from the effects of the genocide and the ongoing poverty. In 2014 we visited Aspire Rwanda in Read More
  • February 2015

    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 Read More
  • December 2014

    A heartfelt THANK YOU from INSPIRE!africa Thank you, thank you, thank you! INSPIRE!africa’s annual gala fundraiser, held Thursday, November 20th, was another night for the books. Once again our dedicated donors respvonded to the call for help and raised an unprecedented $114,000. We are blown away by the continued generosity Read More
  • October 22 2014

    Calling all INSPIRE!africa supporters! Our favorite time of the year is almost here! We’re  a month away from INSPIRE!africa’s 8th Annual Gala Fundraiser in support of widows and orphans of the Rwanda genocide. We count on your continued support to make this event the wonderful evening that it is. We Read More
  • October 2014

    You make the difference!!! During our volunteer trip to Rwanda in May, everyone we met asked us to extend their sincere thanks to you, a valued INSPIRE!africa supporter. You are now their Canadian friend, and they very much appreciate everything you provided to better their lives. You have also given Read More
  • August 2014

    Highlights from the 2014 Rwanda Volunteer Trip May 23 to June 7, 2014 This year’s trip was another incredible success. Many new and exciting experiences were had and there was a feeling that everyone returned as a slightly changed person. Several trip volunteers used Facebook to document their time away Read More
  • April 16, 2014

    At INSPIRE!africa we are so proud to be in our 8th year of helping our friends in Rwanda. What started out as an idea shared by Margaret and Alix a few years ago has blossomed into aregistered nonprofit organization that has helped hundreds of Rwandans. And we could nothave done Read More
  • March 2014

    Volunteer Trip May 23 to June 7, 2014 To experience Rwanda firsthand is a trip like no other. Rwanda’s natural beauty, scarred past and welcoming culture make it a place that every traveler loves. INSPIRE!africa is offering its fourth volunteer trip to Rwanda this May. As April marks the 20th Read More
  • December 2013

    7th Annual Fundraising Gala - ‘The Future of Rwanda is NOW’ What a night! Thank you to all those who came out to support INSPIRE!africa’s evening full of fun, generosity and dancing! Drum roll please… the total amount raised from the 7th Annual Fundraiser is a very generous $95,000! This incredible Read More
  • October 2013

    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 Read More
  • August 2013

    Save the date for the Annual fundraiser: Canadian author, Will Ferguson, will be the guest speaker at the 7th Annual INSPIRE!africa Fundraiser on Thursday November 14, 2013 at Webster Galleries. Will Ferguson is an award-winning novelist and travel writer. He is the author of more than a dozen books ranging Read More
  • April 2013

    2012 Funds at Work Last November’s Fundraising Gala was a huge success raising a total of $95,000. The donations allocated to specific causes has, so far enabled the purchase of: 9 houses, 45 goats, 3 cows, 12 beehives and bees, 37 hygiene kits, salaries for the Learning Centre teachers These Read More
  • January 2013

    'Faces of Rwanda' A Huge Success Our 6th Annual Fundraising Gala took place on Thursday November 15 at Webster Galleries. The event was attended by over 200 INSPIRE!africa supporters and together with those who could not attend we raised a record $95,000, smashing last year’s total of 76,000!!! With the Read More
  • 2012 Funds at Work

    Last November’s Fundraising Gala was a huge success raising a total of $95,000. The donations allocated to specific causes has, so far enabled the purchase of: 9 houses, 45 goats, 3 cows, 12 beehives and bees, 37 hygiene kits, salaries for the Learning Centre teachers. These purchases will help change Read More
  • November 2012

    Almost two weeks away, TIME IS RUNNING OUT to purchase your tickets to the 6th Annual INSPIRE!africa fundraiser to benefit the widows and orphans of the Rwandan genocide.  Mark your calendars for November 15. This year’s event is titled “Faces of Rwanda”. The group of participants who traveled to Rwanda Read More
  • October 2012

    Once again it’s that time of year… that’s right the 6th Annual INSPIRE!africa fundraiser to benefit the widows and orphans of the Rwandan genocide.  Mark your calendars for November 15. This year’s event is titled “Faces of Rwanda”. The group of participants who traveled to Rwanda on this year’s volunteer Read More
  • Summer 2012

    Save the date:  November 15, 2012  Inspire!africa's Annual Fundraiser Volunteer Trip: May 2012 Teaching Experience: In May 2012 a group of 11 eager volunteers traveled to Rwanda to visit the projects INSPIRE!africa has been supporting and to meet the people whose lives these projects have changed. The volunteers were also Read More
  • April 2012 Newsflash

    May 2012 Volunteer Trip INSPIRE!africa’s 3rd volunteer trip will be heading to Rwanda in just over a month! A group of 11 dedicated volunteers will be heading off on a trip of a lifetime that will include teaching English to orphan students at the Learning Centre, visiting projects that INSPIRE!africa Read More
  • January 2012 Newsflash

    Thank you for another successful year Before we get too far into the New Year we have some unfinished business from last year to fill you in on.  We have now received all donations from our fundraiser and we are thrilled to announce that we raised $76,500 this year.  This Read More
  • September 2011 Newsflash

    Volunteer Trip to Rwanda Have you ever thought about visiting Rwanda to see first-hand the difference INSPIRE!africa is making? If so, we are planning to offer our 3rd volunteer trip in the spring of 2012.  The trip will include teaching English to orphan students at the Learning Centre, visiting all Read More
  • April 2011 Newsflash

    Genocide Memorial – 17 Years After On April 9, 2011 Calgary’s Rwandan community invited INSPIRE!africa supporters participate in the memorial marking the 17 anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. At that service we saw how the genocide is still fresh in the minds of so many Rwandans, even though it has been Read More
  • December 2010 Newsflash

    Medical supplies, bees and desks under the tree, why not? It’s not too late to purchase an item from our 2010 shopping list.  A donation toward one of INSPIRE!africa’s projects in someone’s honour is the ideal last minute gift, and you don’t have to find a parking spot at the Read More
  • October 2010 Newsflash

    INSPIRE!africa 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser Please join us on Thursday November 18, 2010 for INSPIRE!africa's 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser at Webster Galleries, 812- 11 Avenue SW, Calgary from 4:30 to 7:00. You will be treated to an enjoyable evening of celebration, yummy food and good conversation. The fundraiser is an Read More
  • August 2010 Newsflash

    2010 INSPIRE!africa Volunteer Trip: an unforgettable experience Dennis Ekvall“Rwanda is one of the cleanest developing countries we have ever been to. People take pride in what they have and value the education and aid they are getting. There is optimism and energy in this country which is inspiring in and Read More
  • Spring 2010 Newsflash

    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 Read More
  • February 2010 Newsflash

    Although we are well into 2010 already, we would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. In an effort to keep you up to date, following is a brief summary of INSPIRE!africa’s accomplishments in 2009. You will also find below an update on our planned activities for Read More
  • December 2009 Newsflash

    Third Annual Fundraiser a huge success! We are very excited to announce that during our 2009 fundraising campaign which included our annual INSPIRE!africa fundraiser held on November 19, 2009, we raised $65,000.  This represents a 33% increase in the amount raised during our 2008 campaign.  INSPIRE!africa is gaining momentum and Read More
  • November 2009 Fundraiser

    3rd Annual Gala Fundraiser Please join us on Thursday November 19, 2009 for INSPIRE!africa's Third Annual Gala Fundraiser at Webster Galleries, 812- 11 Avenue SW, Calgary from 4:30 to 7:00. You will be treated to an enjoyable evening of African song, dance and food. Our guest speaker this year is Read More
  • June 2009 Newsflash

    Volunteer Opportunities In our March newsletter we made a request for volunteers to fill three positions and you responded. Heather Christie has joined our team as our Volunteer Coordinator and Sarah Wiley has started work on an INSPIRE!africa marketing plan. We would also like to thank Carol Daw, who is Read More
  • March 2009 Newsflash

    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 Read More
  • December 2008 Newsflash

    We hope this finds you well and enjoying the holiday season. Second Annual Fundraiser We are writing to share with you some inspiring news.  At the annual INSPIRE!africa fundraiser, held on November 19 this year, we raised $50,000.  This represents a 40% increase in the amount donated through our first Read More
  • October 2008 Newsflash

    INSPIRE!africa 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser Please join us on Wednesday November 19 for INSPIRE!africa's Second Annual Fundraiser at Webster Galleries, 812- 11 Avenue SW, Calgary from 4:30 to 7:00. You will be treated to an enjoyable evening and hear about our trip to Rwanda this summer as well as the Read More
  • September 2008 Newsflash

    Volunteer Trip July 13-29, 2008 On July 13, eight eager volunteers departed Calgary for Rwanda, and after an inspiring trip, we have safely returned home. While in Rwanda we were teaching English to orphans of the genocide and visiting projects for widows and orphans which INSPIRE!africa and others are supporting. Read More
  • July 2008 Newsflash

    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 Read More
  • Winter 2007 Newsflash

    It has been just over one year since the INSPIRE!africa Foundation was created, and what a year it has been! As the busy holiday season approaches, we wanted to quickly update you on some of our current projects. We thank you for support throughout the year. All of your 2007 Read More
  • March 2007 Newsflash

    First INSPIRE!africa Fundraiser A Success!! The week of February 19 was an incredibly fulfilling week for me. All the hard work we had put into building INSPIRE!africa since the idea came to me only 7 months previously, had come to fruition. It was heart warming to see so many people Read More
  • January 2007 Newsflash

    Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a relaxing holiday break and managed to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. We have been very busy here at INSPIRE!africa and we are pleased to report some significant progress. Firstly, we invite you to attend our First Annual Fundraising Read More
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