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Year in Review and Financial Reports

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF (Survivors Fund)

Youth Entrepreneurship Training program

Started in 2012 and since then our partners have trained over 1,000 youth survivors in work readiness and entrepreneurship skills.

  • 108 have attended internship positions
  • 46 businesses have been started and 87 jobs created
  • For those attending the job readiness program, 54 youth have found work
  • In 2016 SURF began to focus on the 275 youth graduates of YETP who despite great efforts and time, remain unable to find work and income.  They have designed a more in-depth program to improve the chances for these remaining students

Vocational Training Program

INSPIRE!africa has committed to supporting 5 youth to attend a short term vocational training program. SURF and I!a will be focusing support for some of the 25,000 children born of rape after the genocide. Children born of rape do not qualify for government funding for youth survivors to attend university as they were born after the genocide ended, however they are the most vulnerable population.

Help Line

INSPIRE!africa has been supporting the Helpline for vulnerable young survivors since it started in 2013. 

  • It has grown to a comprehensive legal and counseling support service, and it has filled a gap in support for vulnerable young survivors suffering from trauma or outstanding legal disputes on a national basis, and in particular those living in remote rural areas.
  • 172 counseling clients have been supported
  • Services have expanded and now there are legal and paralegal staff working all over the country.
  • Land claims: By November 2016, the Helpline had received 707 requests for legal help and about 288 of those legal cases have been resolved. Land worth $1,000.000 has been returned to these youth; the majority for claims of land with an average value of $10,000.  Access to this land, to either sell or lease, means they can pay for their education, or start a business.  This makes an enormous difference in the lives of these survivors.   

Student sponsorships

During the 2016-2017 school year, INSPIRE!africa continues to support 6 students, and 12 of the students we have supported since 2008 have graduated university. In 2014, the students who have been sponsored by I!a created their own support group called the “Rwanda Family Welfare” and they continue to meet on a regular basis and have created a wonderful community of support.

Solace Ministries

Livestock for Widows

I!a is committed to supporting widows with livestock- this provides them with a modest income to pay for food, medicine and everyday items. It also provides them with companionship and a purpose. In addition, beneficiaries contribute a percentage of their profits from the livestock to a micro-credit loan program that others in her community can access.

In 2016 I!a donated enough money for the widows in Rwanda to receive the following livestock. 

  • 3 cows
  • 140 piglets
  • 130 chickens

I!a has committed 10% of funds donated towards livestock will be put into a veterinary fund to protect our investment and add security for the widows.

Aspire Rwanda (through Network 4 Africa (N4A))

INSPIRE!africa started to support Aspire Rwanda in 2015.  Aspire works to improve the lives of vulnerable women through vocational skills training programs.
In January 2016, I!a funded a pilot project that teaches hospitality skills to 50 young women, all school drop outs. The program includes 6 months of training in childcare, cooking and housekeeping so they can work in the growing hospitality industry.

During training, the women’s children attend daycare/preschool on site. Women are also provided with education on rights and health awareness and psycho-social support.

As a result of this project:

  • 7 women founds jobs right away in the hospitality sector
  • Aspire arranged for internships in hotels and day care facilities for many of the women. Very impressed, the hotel managers provided letters of recommendation for all of the interns.
  • Another 50 women began the training in July 2016
  • INSPIRE!africa provided funds for 50 chefs shirts for the ladies to use during their internship.

Fundraising Activities

10th Annual Fundraiser - “10 Years of Hope and Happy Results” celebrating our past and looking into the future.

Our annual fundraiser was held at Webster Galleries.  Eveline Goodall and Jim Arthurs, both volunteers on the 2016 spring trip to Rwanda spoke about the projects that really impacted them.  Louise Manzi, a Rwandan Calgarian, provided the guests with her own insight and appreciation for what INSPIRE!africa does for her country.

The Rwandan inspired art card for 2016 is a Christmas card and “the cow who discovered she could and would” was unveiled, thanks to artist Theresa Simons.

There was a huge silent auction, and our first African Market was quite a success.  We raised over $106,000.

Primates a Go Go/ African Market

Merrill Genereux was a participant in both the 2012 and 2014 volunteer trips to Rwanda, and worked with Aspire Rwanda and Fair Child Fair Youth Rwanda to produce unique bags, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments made from beads and colourful fabrics that were shipped to Calgary in time for our first African Market. The proceeds of her sales go towards INSPIRE!africa projects. More Rwandan crafts are available at primatesagogo.com

Art cards, posters and crafts we bought in Rwanda were also available for shoppers.

Volunteer Trip

10 volunteers participated in the trip to Rwanda from May 20 to June 3. Several volunteers used Facebook to document their time along with excellent pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/111283675568571

A full report about the trip is on our website in the August newsletter

http://www.inspireafrica.org/index.php/newsevents/187-inspire-africa-august-2016-newsletter

Awards

INSPIRE!africa was honoured to be nominated for the prestigious Obsidian Award- these awards are a celebration of African, Carribean and Afro-Canadian culture and excellence.

INSPIRE!africa was the winning recipient for the Award in the Diversity Organization category. The awards ceremony was held in September 2016 the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

INSPIRE!africa  Administration Activities

We welcomed Jae Cowie as our new treasurer, and a big thank you to Monica Ha’s years of service.

Pre-arranged giving = monthly donations for supporters was arranged

2016: Link to financial report

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF (Survivors Fund)

Youth Entrepreneurship Training program

It started in 2012 and since then our partners have trained over 780 youth survivors in work readiness and entrepreneurship skills.

  • about 2/3 of those graduates have gone on to find work or start their own businesses.
  • the program has grown and now includes a business networking club, and an internship and employment program.
  • In 2016 they want to focus on the 275 youth graduates of YETP who despite great efforts and time, remain unable to find work and income. They have designed a more in-depth program to improve the chances for these remaining students

Help Line

INSPIRE!africa has been supporting the Helpline for vulnerable young survivors since it started in 2013.

  • In its first two years, the Helpline has reached almost 35,000 youth with legal and counselling education.
  • Over 400 youth have received one-on-one legal assistance and 205 have received personal counselling.
  • By April 2015, the Helpline has resolved 75 legal cases; the majority for claims of land with an average value of $9,000. Access to this land, to either sell or lease, means they can pay for their education, or start a business. They are set for life.

Widow’s houses

  • I!a provided funding to renovate approximately 15 homes.
  • Beneficiaries spoke about how they had to leave their homes during the rainy season since they were afraid it would fall on top of them.
  • Cost is approximately $1,000 to renovate a home.

Student sponsorships

During the 2015-2016 school year, INSPIRE!africa is supporting 9 students. 2 graduated university, and will complete their dissertations in fall 2016. Once completed high school, and is a strong candidate for university.

  • The students who have been sponsored by I!a have created their own support group called the “Rwanda Family Welfare”.

Solace Ministries

Livestock for Widows

I!a donated money for the widows in Rwanda to receive the following livestock.

  • 3cows
  • 125 piglets
  • 83 chickens

A small amount of the profit from the sale of cow milk, eggs and pork, goes to a micro credit loan program so others in the rural communities can form cooperative businesses.

I!a stopped raising money for goats since all the women in the communities our partner Solace works, have received a goat

Aspire Rwanda (through Network 4 Africa (N4A))

Aspire Rwanda is a new program we starting supporting in 2015. It provides poor, vulnerable women with the tools to earn a living and improve their quality of life through a three year programme; the first year includes vocational training, literacy, information on women’s rights, nutrition, health and family planning. The next two years include follow-up training and support focused on business skills and income generation. With new skills, knowledge and confidence, they are improving the standard of living for their families’.

  • Thanks to INSPIRE!africa’s generous donation, Aspire was able to hire a dedicated business skills officer. This officer provides support for the women in their second and third years of the program by teaching them basic bookkeeping skills, how to write business plans and form cooperatives, helping the women start their own income generating activities.
  • About 30% of these these women are now running their own successful businesses, including making and selling mandazi, samosa and chapatti – common snack foods in Rwanda; selling vegetables, and providing hairdressing at home and in salons.

Fundraising Activities

9th Annual Fundraiser- “The Future of Rwanda” helping the next generation after the Rwanda genocide.

Our annual fundraiser was held at Webster Galleries. Christine Magill, winner of the Canadian Living’s Me to We Educator Award, and Jean Claude Munyezamu were our guest speakers- responding to questions about where Rwanda is going and the hope

for the future. A new series of Rwandan inspired art cards were unveiled, thanks to artist Jamie LaFond.
There was a huge silent auction, the return of the blind auction and sales of original crafts and art cards were a big part of the evening. We raised over $117,000.

Primates a Go Go

Merrill Genereux was a participant in both the 2012 and 2014 volunteer trips to Rwanda, and worked with Aspire Rwanda to produce unique bags, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments made from beads and colourful African fabrics. The proceeds of her sales go towards INSPIRE!africa projects. www.primatesagogo.com

!INSPIRE!africa Administration Activities

Canadahelps.org- INSPIRE!africa has enrolled in this service so supporters have the choice to donate online. Although convenient, INSPIRE!africa promotes using cash or cheque as Canadahelps does require an administrative fee.

2015: Link to financial report

Total Revenues $166,119
Disbursed: $154,041

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF (Survivors Fund)

Youth Entrepreneurship program

INSPIRE!africa donations helped to fund this youth entrepreneurship program which provides orphaned university students with training in all aspects of business development. From managing time, money and staff to creating marketing and business plans. These students learn what it takes to develop and run their own businesses. The program also includes a job readiness component where students learn how to prepare a resume, practice interview skills and how to job search.

In 2014:

  • 300 students received the 4 month entrepreneurship and job readiness training program.
  • Many of those graduates received a loan through this program and have created their own business
  • INSPIRE!africa has committed to fund the training and loan program for the next 3 years

Help Line

INSPIRE!africa donations were also used to fund a helpline which offers trauma counseling for university students who are still dealing with the trauma from the horrors they witnessed during the genocide. On the helpline, they could also receive free legal advice on matters such as dealing with land disputes as a result of the killers taking their parents land away.

In 2014:

  • Legal advisors have responded to 315 legal cases and 51 students requiring trauma counseling
  • The Help Line received over 1000 calls
  • 10,000 secondary and university students attended presentations by SURF on topics such as knowing their legal rights and how to recognize the symptoms of trauma

Widow’s houses

Many widows live in substandard housing and do not have the capacity to do the much needed renovations themselves. In 2014:

  • 5 houses were renovated

Solace Ministries

Livestock for Widows

The widows benefiting from this livestock program now have an income well above the poverty line and can pay for food, education for their young ones, health care, decent clothing, and much more. The livestock program also sustains a micro credit loan component. A small percentage of a widow’s earnings from her livestock is reinvested into a loan program so that cooperatives in her community can be established.

In 2014 widows received:

  • 45 goats
  • 14 hives with bee colonies
  • 1 cow
  • 15 mature pigs
  • 100 chickens

Rwanda Multi Learning Centre (RMLC)

In 2014 INSPIRE!africa subsidized the salary for the 4 full time teachers at the Learning Centre and donated 24 laptops during the volunteer trip in June.

INSPIRE!africa has been a minor funder over the 6 years since the RMLC began, and we will be completing our commitment at the end of 2014 due to the RMLC’s primary funders not continuing.

We are pleased that through donations from I!a:

  • 700 orphans and disadvantaged youth benefited from free education
  • Classroom furnishings, IT equipment, curriculum materials will continue to be used by other educational projects supported by I!a

Student sponsorships

During the 2014-2015 school year, INSPIRE!africa is supporting 11 students. 1 graduated, and 3 new students began their programs in Fall 2014. The students who have been sponsored by I!a have created their own support group called the “Rwanda Family Welfare”.

Fundraising Activities

8th Annual Fundraiser- “Remember, Unite, Renew” 20 years after the genocide

Our annual fundraiser was held at Webster Galleries. Lucky Elijah Gasangwa, a local artist and Rwandan shared his experience from 20 years ago. Roy Christie’s short film “Making a Difference” was filmed during the volunteer trip in June. A new series of Rwandan inspired animal art prints was unveiled, with artist Graham Diehl in attendance.

We were entertained by Rwandan dancers; plus a huge silent auction and sales of original crafts and art cards were a big part of the evening. We raised over $114,000.

Primates a Go Go

Merrill Genereux was a participant in both the 2012 and 2014 volunteer trips to Rwanda, and worked with Aspire Rwanda (a woman’s organization in Kigali) to produce unique bags, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments made from beads and colourful fabrics. The proceeds of her sales go towards INSPIRE!africa projects. primatesagogo.com

Volunteer Trip

12 volunteers participated in the trip to Rwanda from May 23 to June 7. Several volunteers used Facebook to document their time along with excellent pictures: https://www.facebook.com/groups/111283675568571

A full report about the trip is on our website in the August newsletter http:// inspireafrica.org/index.php/newsevents/161-august-2014

INSPIRE!africa Administration Activities

This year we welcomed Monica Ha as our newest Board member, taking on the role of Treasurer. We thank Craig Rubie for his many years of service on the board.

Canadahelps.org- INSPIRE!africa has enrolled in this service so supporters have the choice to donate online. Although convenient, INSPIRE!africa promotes using cash or cheque as Canadahelps does require an administrative fee.

View financial report

Total Revenues $191,011
Disbursed: $232,555

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF (Survivors Fund)

Youth Entrepreneurship program

Finding work in Rwanda often means creating your own business.  This is especially the case for orphans as they don’t have family businesses to move into. INSPIRE!africa donations helped to fund this youth entrepreneurship program which provides university students with training in all aspects of business development.  From managing time, money and staff to creating marketing and business plans.  These students learn what it takes to develop and run their own businesses.  The pilot project for 150 students that started in 2013 was such a success that another 150 students will be accepted into the training starting in April 2014.  

Help Line

INSPIRE!africa donations were also used to fund a helpline which offers trauma counseling for university students who are still dealing with the trauma from the horrors they witnessed during the genocide.  On the helpline, they could also receive free legal advice on matters such as dealing with land disputes as a result of the killers taking their parents land away.

Widow’s houses

Many widows live in substandard housing and do not have the capacity to do the much needed renovations themselves.  15 housing renovations were funded and completed in 2013.

Solace Ministries

Livestock for Widows

The majority of the livestock purchased by INSPIRE!africa supporters went to the widow in the Kibuye area.  This community had now received support in the past.  Four cows, 44 goats and 10 beehives were presented to widows and families.

The widows benefiting from this livestock program now have an income well above the poverty line and can pay for food, education for their young ones, health care, decent clothing, and much more.  The livestock program also sustains a micro credit loan component.   A small percentage of a widow’s earnings from her livestock is reinvested into a loan program so that cooperatives in her community can be established.

Rwanda Multi Learning Centre (RMLC)

INSPIRE!africa continues to  subsidize the salary for the 4 full time teachers at the Learning Centre.

An evaluation was conducted for the RMLC, and results showed that students appreciate and value the friendships and connections they have made at the centre as well as the confidence directly due to the environment which the Learning Centre has provided. Students identified learning English and computer skills as their top two important skills acquired which has helped give them hope for their future through opportunities in continued education, starting their own businesses or finding a good job

Student sponsorships

  • Three of the original 6 students which INSPIRE!africa supports graduated in 2013. 
  • The other 12 we currently support are doing well in their studies

Fundraising Activities

Seventh Annual Gala Fundraiser- ‘Rwanda, the Future is Now’

Our annual fundraiser was held at Webster Galleries.  Award winning author Will Ferguson was our speaker.  We were entertained with some Rwandan dancers and we raised over $95,000.

Art cards

Longtime supporter Lynn Morin and her sister Karen Aasen, gathered a group of local artists and put their creative minds to work.  They found inspiration from pictures, stories and books from Rwanda. Ten unique art cards were created.  Each individual developed their cards from what they learned about the culture, history and climate of Rwanda and the impact that INSPIRE!africa is making.

Primates a Go Go

Merrill Genereux was a participant in the 2012 volunteer trip to Rwanda, and since then she partnered with Aspire Rwanda (a woman’s organization in Kigali) to produce unique Christmas ornaments created out of the beads. The proceeds of her sales go towards INSPIRE!africa projects.

INSPIRE!africa  Administration Activities

This year we welcomed Diane Altwasser as our newest Board member.  Diane travelled with us to Rwanda last year and brings to us her invaluable non-profit experience.

Lynn Morin responded to our call for a Donor Recognition Coordinator and for someone to oversee the management of our website.  Lynn’s creativity and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated.

Suzie McInnis also travelled with us to Rwanda last year and is now our Student Sponsorship Coordinator.  We are so pleased to have Suzie’s organization, initiative and passion for this critical role.

Terry Bourgonje, another 2012 trip participant, stepped up to take on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for our fundraiser.

Canadahelps.org- INSPIRE!africa has enrolled in this service so supporters have the choice to donate online. Although convenient, INSPIRE!africa promotes using cash or cheque as Canadahelps does require an administrative fee.

2013:

  • Total Revenues $117,430.00
  • Disbursed: $108,313.29

View financial report

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF

Cyangugu Wellness Centre

Hygiene kits were donated for those living with HIV/AIDS.  These kits contain many of the personal hygiene supplies needed to maintain healthy, sanitary conditions and will stop the spread of disease and infection.

Youth Entrepreneurship program

I!a supporters funded the continuation of an entrepreneurship program for youth survivors.  150 youth are receiving training in business plan development, resume writing and interview skills.  Experience has shown that the majority of these students will be able to find employment as soon as they graduate.

Trauma Counselling

Funds went to establishing a new helpline that would provide counseling for youth who are still dealing with the trauma from the horrors they witnessed during the genocide.

MWR Hall

INSPIRE!africa donated funds to renovate a hall that is the centre of a remote community in southwest Rwanda. A gathering place for the community, it will also be used for special events and recreation activities for all ages.

Widow’s houses

  • 11 renovations were funded for completion in mid 2013

Solace

Livestock for Widows

The majority of the livestock purchased by I!a supporters went to the Kibuye area that we had not supported previously. 4 cows, 48 goats and 13 beehives were presented to widows and families.

Recipients were introduced to a new initiative whereby a small percentage of a widow’s earnings from the livestock she receives is reinvested into a loan program so that cooperatives in her community, like a cattle cooperative visited in 2012, can be established and receive a loan as well as business training. 

Rwanda Multi Learning Centre (RMLC)

  • 5 full time teachers, I!a subsidizes teachers’ salaries
  • 120 new students enrolled in 2012, RMLC graduates and ongoing students acted as ambassadors in the greater Kigali community, assisting with the recruitment process.
  • the English language program has yielded very positive results as evidenced in pre and post assessment of student’s skills
  • the IT program grew to 50 students and the RMLC now offers many levels of computer skills. Calgary Academy donated another 13 computers to the RMLC in May 2012

Student sponsorships

  • 3 new students were chosen to receive sponsorships from generous I!a families.
  • 2 students completed their studies and have completed their sponsorship
  • Ivy Fraser, volunteer from Calgary designed and delivered a program on sexual health to the RMLC students in May 2012. The program was designed to have the RMLC teachers continue with providing the curriculum for new students each semester

Fundraising Activities

  • Sixth Annual Gala Fundraiser- November 15 Webster Galleries, we raised over $95,000

Volunteer Trip May 2012

  • 11 volunteers travelled to Rwanda- please see the May 2012 newsletter on the website.

Information Booths

  • Hillhurst United Church

2012:

  • Total Revenues $117,146.33
  • Disbursed: $69,553.55

View financial report

2011 marks our fifth year as a Canadian Charitable organization, providing support for the widows and orphans of Rwanda since 2007.

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF

Cyangugu Wellness Centre

  • funds were provided by I!a for the reconstruction and creation of the Wellness Centre. This building will be a community centre to generate income for AVEGA and employment opportunities for genocide survivors as well as for general meetings of AVEGA members.
  • the building was operational by the end of 2011, with the focus of work being on education, counseling and training.
  • I!a also donated monies for two community development workers (one is specialized in health, one is specialized in livelihoods) to provide the training to the widows.
  • I!a supporters also provided funds for 100 hygiene kits for the local community

Solace

Livestock for Widows

  • 2 cows, 80 goats, and 50 bees & beehives purchased by INSPIRE!africa

Rwanda Multi Learning Centre (RMLC)

  • 5 full time teachers, I!a subsidizes teachers’ salaries
  • 150+ students in 2011, enrolled in courses offered in English, computers, business, and music. Over 70 students successfully completed all of their courses in 2011.
  • in 2011, the RMLC helped 22% of current students find jobs, and 15% went on to university thanks to the sponsorship program
  • I!a provided money for 20 more desks and chairs, as well as office furnishings for the new building

Student sponsorships

  • All 10 students successfully completed their studies and their sponsorship will continue
  • Rwanda’s school year shifted to be similar to the Canada, UK and US with a September start.  Some sponsored students have entered their final year of university; some have completed their high school and are successfully moving onto university.

Fundraising Activities

Fifth Annual Gala Fundraiser- November 17, 2011 Webster Galleries, we raised over $80,000
Book Sale- Many of our supporters belong to the same book club, and they hosted a book sale to fundraise for INSPIRE!africa. It was a huge success!

Other activities and events

Speaker Series

  • Olds High School-  UNESCO World schools conference
  • National Energy Board

Videos

Information Booths

  • Hillhurst United Church
  • Justice Film Festival

INSPIRE!africa Administrative Activities

  • Welcomed Darla Maxwell, fundraiser coordinator for November 2011
  • AGM was held in March, 2011

2011:

  • Total Revenues $90,234.60
  • Disbursed: $126,112.00 (monies were carried over from 2010)

View financial report

BoysatKampala2010 was a busy year! Please take a look at what INSPIRE!africa was up to.

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF

Ntarama Community Centre and Maternity Ward

  • project completed, clinic operational and self sufficient
  • INSPIRE!africa funded sewing machines and computers to support vocational training programs that were introduced in the community

 Cyangugu Medical Clinic

  • introduced the project at the 4th Annual Fundraiser, fundraising began and delivery of funds to begin in early 2011 

 SOLACE

Livestock for Widows

  • 6 more cows and 250 more goats purchased by INSPIRE!africa
  • introduced bees and beehives as another income generating project for 2011

 Learning Centre

  • January to September LC simultaneously ran 3 classes in English, computer classes, and music class. Business classes were provided by visiting professionals through the year.
    INSPIRE!africa volunteers provided volunteer teaching to the students, teaching strategies and curriculum/lesson plan support for the teachers while in Rwanda
  • October the LC moved into its new location. Now called the Rwanda Multi-Learning Centre

Rwanda Multi Learning Centre (RMLC)

  • 4 full time teachers
  • 70 students in 2010, with a capacity to expand in 2011 sessions

 Student sponsorships

  • All 6 students successfully completed their second year of studies and their sponsorship will continue
  • sponsors committed to sponsor 4 more students commencing in 2011.

 Fundraising Activities

  • Fourth Annual Gala Fundraiser- November 18, 2010 Webster Galleries, we raised $80,000
  • Garage Sale - Ekvall family, raised $2,500 

Other activities and events

Volunteer trip June 2010 - 9 volunteers travelled with INSPIRE!africa to Rwanda to visit projects, memorial sites and teach English at the Learning Centre

 Speaker Series

  • Turning the Tide Conference- Westmount Charter School, Calgary
  • West Island College
  • Calgary Academy
  • National Energy Board

 Articles

“Teaching English to Help Rebuild Rwanda”, article by Dennis Ekvall in the Elections Canada Returning Officer's newsletter, September 2010*

“Moving from Voyeur Tourism to Volunteer Tourism” article by Margaret McQuiston in NEB publication “Info Plus”, November 2010*

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Margaret McQuiston nominated for CBC Champions of Change

INSPIRE!africa highlighted by NEB response in “Community Involvement Top 100 Employers” when responding to the question: “tell us a story about your organizations best side”*

*articles and publications are available upon request, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information Booths

  • Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Mount Royal University and Marda Loop
  • Bow Valley College International Education Week, NGO village
  • Hillhurst United Church

INSPIRE!africa Administrative Activities

  • Strategic Planning exercise
  • INSPIRE!africa Facebook page

2010:

  • Total Revenues $108,435.88 
  • Disbursed: $45,632.44 

View Financial Report

ChildreninRwandaINSPIRE!africa Activities, Events, Successes in 2009

PARTNERS AND PROJECTS

SURF

Ntarama Community Centre and Medical Clinic

  • Vocational training programs have started in the centre and further programming will be initiated once a detailed plan is finalized and further staff hired.

 INSPIRE!africa

  • Supporting the stocking of the medical clinic through the purchase of medical equipment and supplies.

SOLACE

Livestock for Widows

  • 4 more cows and 230 more goats purchased by INSPIRE!africa

 Learning Centre

  • addition of a classroom
  • another full time local teacher has been hired.
  • classes provided for 100 genocide orphans, up from 40.

Student sponsorships

  • All 6 students successfully completed their first year of studies and their sponsorship will continue

Fundraising Activities

  • Third Annual Gala Fundraiser- November 19, 2009 Webster Galleries, we raised $65,000

Other activities and events

  • Calgary Justice Film Festival screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
  • Margaret McQuiston led discussion on women’s issues in Rwanda and the Congo

Speaker Series

  • Olds High School - Diversity Conference
  • Muriel Clayton School, Airdrie
  • Springbank Middle School
  • Calgary Academy
  • Whitney Public School, Toronto

Festival Booths

  • FigTree Foundation screening of “What are we Doing Here” at U of C Rosza Centre Marda Loop Justice Film Festival weekend

INSPIRE!africa Administrative Activities

  • Welcomed Student Sponsorship Coordinator, Carol Daw
  • Welcomed Volunteer Liaison and Coordinator, Heather Christie

Financial

  • Total Revenues $83,249.10
  • Disbursed: $91,409.80

Financial Report

ChildrenatAgapeINSPIRE!africa Activities, Events and successes in 2008

Partners and Projects

SURF

Ntarama Medical Clinic and Community Centre

  • INSPIRE!africa sent $59,000 toward the building of this facility, staff training and salaries in 2008. In July, the buildings were complete and the interiors were furnished in late 2008. The priority is to have the medical clinic operational by mid 2009, with the programs at the community centre available in early 2010.

SOLACE

Livestock for Widows

  • Raised funds for 170 goats and 1 cow

The Learning Centre

  • Curriculum development continue
  • Raised funds for 50 desks/chairs
  • Student sponsorships for 6 students to attend University or complete secondary school

Network 4 Africa (N4A)

  • INSPIRE!africa partnered with N4A in 2008 to support projects other than those managed by our SURF and Solace partners. These funds were directed by donors to specific educational projects.

Fundraising Activities

  • Second Annual INSPIRE!africa Fundraiser held on November 19, 2008 at Webster Galleries in Calgary, we raised $50,000.

Present’s Presents book sales

  • a children's book about ethical giving which features INSPIRE!africa

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Other Activities and Events

  • Speaker Series: National Energy Board staff: Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; Calgary Academy Staff.

Articles:

  • Gord Daw: National Energy Board’s internal newsletter “Infoplus”, Fall 2008
  • Anne Kleffner: ARIA Newsletter (American Risk and Insurance Association), Fall 2008

Volunteer Trip July 2008

  • 8 volunteers spent two weeks in Rwanda volunteering at the Learning Centre and visiting projects.

INSPIRE!africa Administrative Activities

  • Dana Cornea resigned from the Board
  • We welcomed Craig Rubie to the Board of Directors (Treasurer)
  • Joined the Fig Tree Foundation
  • Creation of donation specific gift cards

Financial

  • Total Revenues $97,144.56
  • Monies disbursed: $88,210

View Financial Report

DryingCassavaINSPIRE!africa officially becomes a registered charity. Share in our success in 2007.

Partners and Projects

RWANDA GIRLS SCHOOL

INSPIRE!africa chose the Rwanda Girls School as our main focus project for 2007. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the INSPIRE!africa Board of Directors deemed it necessary to reconsider the immediate and direct support of the School. This change in focus was done before any monies were transferred to the School project. INSPIRE!africa then chose the following projects:

SURVIVORS FUND (SURF)

INSPIRE!africa selected to partner with SURF, an organization with a proven track record for meeting the needs of genocide survivors and making the best use of donor monies. The primary focus project for 2007 was the Ntarama Community Centre and Medical Clinic. Construction of both buildings began in August 2007.

NETWORK 4 AFRICA / SOLACE

This UK based charitable organization developed the Learning Centre at Solace with the primary focus of providing free English classes to survivors within the Kigali community.

INSPIRE!africa volunteers created a beginner’s English as a Second Language teaching curriculum that was sent to Rwanda and put into action by volunteers from the UK and Canada in 2007.

The intent of the curriculum was for English speaking volunteers to train Rwandan teachers so they could use the materials to teach their own students throughout the year.

Fundraising Activities

  • INSPIRE!africa Fundraising Week with Rebecca Tinsley
  • First annual I!a fundraiser held Feb 22, 2007 at Virginia Christopher Fine Art Gallery. We raised $36,000.
  • Presentations at Calgary Academy; Strathcona Tweedsmuir School; women’s corporate breakfast

Other events and activities:

  • Ernest Manning High School Fundraiser
  • Chestermere High School Fundraiser
  • Private fundraising events and donations
  • An INSPIRE!africa volunteer traveled to Rwanda and taught English at the Learning Centre for 1 week.

Speaker series:

  • Catholic Women’s League
  • National Energy Board staff

INSPIRE!africa Administrative Activities

  • Formation of INSPIRE!africa Board of Directors
    • Margaret McQuiston, President and Co-chair
    • Alexandra MacDonald, Secretary and Co- chair
    • Dana Cornea, Treasurer
    • Rebecca Tinsley, Member
  • Creation of www.inspireafrica.org by avasaCreation of any occasion Gift Cards
  • Granted Canadian Registered Charity status CRA Registered Number: 83893 1764 RR0001

Financial

  • 2007 revenue: $55,954.37
  • Dispersed: Monies collected in earlier 2007 were put into a short term/ high yield investment and then directed toward the building of the Ntarama Community Centre and Clinic.

Financial Report