Our 2021 Programs and Plans

Wings of Hope For Africa 2021

This post will highlight our 2021 programs and plans.

First, we wanted to say Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! We are so blessed to be on this journey with you and we would like to share with you our plans for 2021.

Let’s Get Started

We’d like to kick off our year with an Easter fundraising event from March 1st to April 4th. Our goal is to sponsor 50 children. 

We will also keep empowering families and communities through our community gardens in Kivumu and Buterere. Our goal is to add an extra hectare each. 

With our healthcare and disease prevention, we are aiming to donate 100 healthcare cards.

Wings of Hope also wants to continue our back-to-school campaign from July 1st to September 1st where we aim to send 100 children to school. 

We will also keep on with our Christmas Hope for 2021 from November 1st to December 24th where we work together to help families in need in Burundi and Rwanda. 

Along with that, our Hope for Kids Canada Program will still be an ongoing fundraiser. We will provide food hampers and gift cards to families in need in Alberta. 

Another huge thing we wanted to highlight and keep on is our emergency Covid relief efforts in Alberta, as well as our relief efforts in Burundi and Rwanda to help support refugees.

To add on, we have monetary goals to help with administration and operation–it takes a dedicated and passionate team to run things behind the scenes. 

Wings of Hope for Africa 10th Anniversary

Another thing we wanted you to be part of is our 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 11th. Happy 1 decade to us! It has been a remarkable decade full of helpful and caring people. We could not have done this without you. We hope you know how much our volunteers and donors mean to us.

Join us this year and support our 2021 programs and plans.

Together, we can help a lot of people. 

Written by Shama Palangdosan

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Our Highlights of 2020

Highlights of 2020

Wings of Hope For Africa has had a few highlights of 2020.

It’s been a year of struggles for millions of people. From food insecurity to not having necessities, families and individuals have been impacted more than ever. Adding in the pressure of the holidays makes it tougher, too.

At Wings of Hope, we try our best to help those in our communities. We can’t help every single person, but we know the impact when we help one family at a time. We are proud of what we have accomplished this year!

Christmas Donation

This past Christmas season we launched a campaign: 30 days of Giving Hope from November 24th to December 24th. Our Christmas campaign supported families in Buterere, Burundi. The families we are helping have been severely impacted by the pandemic. With your generosity, we’re able to provide tools to help them during these times.

The donations also help break the cycle of poverty. Your donation gifts ranging from $5 for soaps and toothbrushes to $250 which helps sponsor a child for one year–helps tremendously and is greatly appreciated.

We were also able to help more than 500 families where we donated beyond meat sausages and ground beef in our local community of Calgary.

Covid Relief

Another highlight was our Covid-19 relief efforts this year. We have been supporting our communities with food hamper deliveries and gift cards. Since April, we have helped 1,850 families. In May, we had a food drive. We were able to provide 36 gift cards/groceries to those who needed it the most. We also made another round of food deliveries to individuals this past October. In November, we delivered fresh eggs to more than 60 families in Calgary.

We are grateful of what we have accomplished this year and we know that this was not possible without everyone who has volunteered and donated. It fills us with joy and hope that we have a support system that is continuously helping.

We appreciate your kindness, generosity and your willingness to help and share our cause.

We wish you and your loved ones a happier new year! Stay tuned for our 2021 plans.

An End of Year Thank You

A Message From Our Founder Aline Gahiza

Click here to give a helping hand to communities in need.

See you next year.

Written by Shama Palangdosan

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We appreciate your generosity, effort and time. Learn more about our programs here.

Thank You Donors For Helping

A thank you to our generous donors

We want to thank our Donors for helping. Last week we mentioned our selfless and hardworking volunteers. Today, we want to give a huge thank you appreciation post to our supportive and thoughtful donors!

It has been a year of challenges, but also a year of compassion. At Wings of Hope For Africa, our donors mean a lot to us. They have been accommodating and generous. They have supported us with our dedication to empower communities and develop self-sufficient programs to end poverty in Burundi, Rwanda, East Africa and Calgary, Alberta.

A few of our contributing organizations are Second Harvest, Breakfast Club of Canada and Bright Light for Africa. They have kindly donated food and also funded our Covid-19 relief efforts. We’re happy and pleased to have them contribute and donate.

Wings of Hope for Africa have had individual donors as well. They have donated to our organization and helped those who need it the most. We’re grateful for their willingness to lend a helping hand to better sustain communities that require food and supplies.

Covid-19 effort with the help of our donors

A huge mission that we focused on this year in Calgary was to provide a helping hand to those who have been impacted by Covid-19. With food insecurities at a high, we knew that we had to give back. Since April 2020, we have helped over 1,850 families with our donors’ help. 

A shoutout to news networks

Also, a special shout out to Global News Calgary for featuring our Covid-19 efforts on the news! And to CTV News for putting a spotlight on our back to school campaign. It is an honour to have news networks invite us to talk about our passion for helping Canadian communities and beyond. We are grateful to those who tune in and learn about our efforts, too.  

A huge thank you again to our donors for helping our communities. We are so appreciative and grateful to them as they provided us with the means to keep going. Their willingness to give to those in need is heartwarming. 

We are excited to see what 2021 will bring to us. To more contributions, community building and uplifting others. 

Take a look at some of our efforts here. 

Written by Shama Palangdosan

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Thank You Volunteers for Helping Our Communities

A thank you poster to our volunteers. Helping today building hope for tomorrow.

A thank you to our passionate volunteers

We want to thank our Volunteers for helping. It has been quite a year of sadness and quarantine, but it has also been a year of gratitude and hope. At Wings of Hope For Africa, we could not have done what we do and help our communities without our willing, selfless volunteers. 

They have been dedicated to our cause and are passionate about giving a helping hand. To mention some names, we are thankful to have Mica Bot, who manages our primary social media platforms and Soloya Huang, who manages our secondary social media accounts. They post and interact with you online and inform you of updates. Their efforts do not go unnoticed!

We are grateful to have Evan Machacek for creating our promotion video, as well as Vanessa Pat, who has designed our posters. Their creativity and drive are always appreciated. 

We are also thankful to have Veronique Bellamy, who updates our website and Laura Olmos, who helps us with grant applications. These are such crucial roles to our organization, and we recognize their hard work. 

A special thank you

Wings of Hope also wants to give a special thanks to our volunteers in Africa. A huge thank you to Yvan Kana, who delivers our programs in Buterere, Kivumu and communities in Burundi. As well as Nsengiyumva Aimable for helping with administrative work in Burundi. 

Another big thank you to Colette Mukankusi for delivering our program in Kigali, Rwanda and Samy D. Israel for helping with administration! 

And of course, to Aline Gahiza our founder, who is thoughtful and persevering.

Last but not least, we are happy to have all of you who share the word of our cause. It truly takes a village and a community to help those in need, and with your shares, donations and help, we are able. 

Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. We are so grateful for your passion for helping. We are excited about what’s to come in 2021. 

Thank you again to our volunteers for helping. To more helping hands, community building and uplifting those in need. 

Take a look at some of our efforts here.

Written by: Shama Palangdosan

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Covid Relief Efforts Dec 2020

Our Covid Relief Efforts

The pandemic has generated food insecurity for individuals and families in the city of Calgary. During this unpredictable time, a lot of people have been left not knowing if they are able to provide basic necessities. Leaving them in the unknown of when their next meal will be.

To help, we have been supporting our communities with food hampers and gift cards. Since April 2020, we have helped 1850 families. In May, we provided groceries or gift cards (depending on what suited them most) to 36 people who were in financial troubles. In October, we donated boxes of food to many individuals in need. We also delivered fresh eggs to more than 60 families last month.

At Wings of Hope, we make sure they had what they needed: from rice to potatoes, to laundry soap and diapers. We are lending a helping hand to help them survive. All thanks to your help and donations!

With all that said, we are still very much continuing our Covid-19 relief efforts to help out families and individuals that have been impacted by the pandemic.

We have been blessed and are thankful for all of our partners and sponsors throughout this difficult time. Not to mention our dedicated and hardworking volunteers who put their lives at risk with sorting and delivering food and products. They are the backbone of our organization and their willingness to offer their time, support and kindness are unmatched. We thank them and we thank you.

If you are wanting to donate, help or volunteer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are a welcoming group willing to help our communities and beyond. We are in this together.

Written by Shama Palangdosan

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Delivering Food to Calgary Families

Food hampers to Calgary Families

We are passionate about helping Calgary families.

In the past two weeks, we kicked off November 2020 with a bang. The volunteers at Wings of Hope for Africa have proudly delivered food hampers to fifty families. We continue our efforts to help people in need as our community struggles with COVID-19. We are happy to deliver this much-needed help.

This simple yet act of kindness meant a lot to those who received the food hampers. They were grateful, appreciative and so thankful for all that they received. They were able to provide food for their families and that in itself was more than enough.

Thanks to your contributions and your assistance, we have been able to achieve this goal. From our volunteers who have delivered the food to the donations we have received from our helpful donors, we are so grateful to have a community so giving.

We recognize that the work is far from done. There are still many families and individuals in Calgary facing food insecurity. So we continue our work and are grateful for your help.

Please consider a donation to our charity so that we can continue our work in our community.

Your Donations Help Further Our Work

Kivumu Community Garden

Community Garden

Our new group of 70 sponsored families are planting the 7th phase of the Kivumu Community Garden. They are using seed potatoes passed from the families in the 6th phase reinforcing our model of sustainability and teamwork.

Our community garden project provides our recipients with the means to eat and make a living. It uplifts them and gives them hope and dignity.

This project allows these families to feel a strong sense of community–something that is needed especially at this time. It gives them a sense of empowerment, too.

The program is crucial to the community’s development. It generates a source of income for vulnerable individuals. This, in turn, feeds their families, provides some sort of living and gives them hope.

Sustainable efforts

Our community garden project also helps our world towards a healthier environment. The families are able to put food on their table, sell their crops and gather seeds for the next season. This in turn creates a healthy sustainable way of living for them, the community and the environment.

A thank you

We thank our donors and everyone who has contributed to this project. We are very much thankful. The communities we help are now able to provide for themselves through this project.

With your support, we are able to expand these projects and help communities that are in need.

Calgary Herald Interview: “Calgary Group to Deliver Goods to Refugees in Rwanda”

A story about our Mahama Camp Refugee Campaign, as published in the Calgary Herald on July 1, 2016.
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Published on: July 1, 2016 | Last Updated: July 1, 2016 7:04 PM MDT

Reprinted with permission.

By: Alia Dharssi

On Wednesday, three Calgarians will board a plane and begin a two-day journey to Rwanda. There, they will purchase and spend two weeks delivering goods like children’s shoes, solar lanterns, and mattresses that are desperately needed by the 49,000-odd Burundian refugees in the Mahama Refugee Camp in Eastern Rwanda.

“To be there physically, so I can give a message of hope, not only the supplies, but so they can see that people can come from far, like Canada, to visit them,” said Aline Nzeyimana, founder and president of Wings of Hope for Africa, the Calgary-based charity which is leading the group.

“It means a lot to the refugees, to know that, far away in Canada, there are Canadians who care. There are Burundians who have become Canadian who care for them.”

For Nzeyimana, 37, the mission is an intensely personal one. She moved to Canada in 2005 after fleeing Burundi as a refugee herself. Fearing for her life, she left partway through her university studies in computer science and landed in Montreal, where she stayed for two years, before settling down in Calgary.

Today, she is raising two boys while working in customer service for DHL, a shipping company.

“Thank God for Canada,” she said during an interview at her home in northeast Calgary on Canada Day.

Nzeyimana established Wings of Hope for Africa, which helps poor children and families in Burundi, in 2007 after having her first child. As she cared for her baby, she remembered poor mothers with young children she had seen begging for money in the markets and on the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital and her home town.

“I started to think of those mothers in Africa that don’t have anything to give to their children – the things they go through. Me – I have stuff in Canada. What about them over there?” she said.

Today, she has a detailed list of things that refugee children and mothers need that was sent to her by employees of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

It includes 20,590 pairs of shoes for children and teenagers between three and 18 years, 120 solar lanterns for the elderly and people with disabilities, 13,598 undergarments for women of reproductive age and mattresses covered in plastic for moms with 2,746 young children between 7 to 24 months, among other items.

Wings of Hope for Africa has raised $8,000 that will be put towards such items. Nzeyimana and the other volunteers from Calgary will buy the goods once they’re in Rwanda, stretching the funds as far as possible, but are still hoping for more donations from Canadians through the charity’s website.

Since April 2015, more than 269,000 people have fled Burundi due to political unrest spurred by the current president’s decision to run for an unconstitutional third term.