INSPIRE!africa is a registered charitable foundation supporting survivors of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. We do this by offering Canadians the opportunity to give some of what they have, whether their time, money, or skills.
Our focus is on supporting community-based initiatives in areas where help is most needed and where it will make the most difference in moving individuals and communities out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.
We work with successful Rwanda-based organizations who have a proven track record for accountability, sustainability, and compassion.
100% of the money we receive as donations goes directly to programs in Rwanda supporting survivors. Any INSPIRE!africa administrative costs are covered through separate funding.
View November 2020 Fundraiser Presentation
2021 Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda
Sat April 10, 3-6 pm
The keynote speaker is Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba, PhD, assistant professor in the department of English at the University of Winnipeg. His current research explores the cultural representations of genocides and mass atrocities in Africa.
The event will be held on Zoom at this link, https://ucalgary.zoom.us/j/95259143584
This event is presented by the Rwandan Canadian Society of Calgary.
Your Donations Hard at Work
Find annual summaries of our activities and financial reports in the REPORTS section or click the link below. You will see how your donations have changed the lives of so many survivors in Rwanda.
This photo was taken by Ivy Fraser, a Volunteer Trip participant. It is a Fig Tree Foundation Photo Contest Winner and is titled "Curiosity"
Obsidian Award 2016
INSPIRE!africa was honored to receive the prestigious Obsidian Award in the Diversity Organization Category. This Award celebrates African, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian culture and excellence in Calgary.
The Awards Ceremony was held on September 17, 2016 at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.
Two of our core members attended the ceremony to accept the award for INSPIRE!africa. We are so grateful to Obsidian, and incredibly proud of this recognition!!
We are in the News!
Read a Calgary Sun article about Margaret McQuiston
Read an inspired story about Margaret McQuiston, one of the founders of INSPIRE!africa. It describes the trauma felt by Rwandan people caused by the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Christie: Reversing the harm of genocide one step at a time
Read an inspired story from Pat Christie, one of our volunteers, who writes about a young aspiring filmmaker sponsored by INSPIRE!africa.
Read a Calgary Herald article about INSPIRE!africa's work
Read an inspired story about Eveline Goodall, a INSPIRE!africa volunteer, and Margaret McQuiston, which explains INSPIRE!africa's goals and their ability to effectively help survivors of the genocide.
The Entrepreneurship Training Program provides training and business loan support to youth survivors. This will allow them to start successful small businesses.