About Us

About
Inspire Community Network Foundation is a registered non-governmental organization  that empowers local youth to research and identify community-specific issues and subsequently implement evidence-based solutions that respond directly to the root cause.
ICON implements rural community development programs, interventions on girls’ right to quality education, women empowerment projects, youth development, and art and cultural initiatives in all six geopolitical regions of Nigeria (South West, South East, South-South, North Central, North East, and North West).
History

Kate grew up in a rural community where victims of rape were publicly shamed. Young girls were motivated into early marriages to resolve extended families’ debts. Emerging writers were barely offered the same opportunity as the established. Teenage girls were pressured to wed older men for financial benefits, and women were automatically situated in the backseat of decision-making processes.

In 2012, Kate started Kate Tales Foundation, a movement that promoted girls’ right to education and basic human right, women empowerment, and young writers’ development. In 2020, she released a statement to change the name of the foundation to Inspire Community Network Foundation.

“ When Kate Tales Foundation started, it was all about me and the stories that motivated the action, hence the name. What I intended to be a small approach to solving my life’s torment, transcended me. I didn’t intend for it to expand or bring in volunteers. It did, and we went from a one-person organization to a regional volunteer foundation. It has transcended me; hence it doesn’t feel right to still call it Kate Tales Foundation. Kate Tales Foundation birthed a vast inspired community network of volunteers. When you think of the organization, I want you to not only see Kate, but, I also want you to see Volunteer Musa, Adam, Mary, Ade, Eunice, Blessing, Matthew, and all our volunteers across regional Nigeria.”

Vision

We believe in solutions created by those impacted by the problem. Inspire Community Network Foundation was established on the principle that no one knows where the shoe pinches, but he who wears it. For that reason, In order to develop sustainable evidence-based local community interventions that directly address root causes and sustain local communities, local youth have to be empowered to take action for local communities.

Mission

One empowered youth equates to one empowered community. In a world of constantly ongoing and emerging daily local and global crises, no community should be caught unaware. We work to improve youth civic participation so that they can swiftly identify and respond to immediate arising community pressing issues.

The Inspire Community Network is a diverse chain of change-makers driven by a collective desire to challenge the obstacles that oppresses their individual communties, across Nigeria. This network is driven by a relatability passion to dismantle systematic, cultural, and traditionally designed community issues. Like one drop of water—forming an ocean. ICON is One volunteer, one community, multiple beneficiaries.”

Kate Ekanem-Hannum,

Founder, ICON.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

 Internet Society25Under25, USA, 2017.       

Dealhack Community Volunteer Scholarship Award winner, Canada. 

Grubstreet Muse Literary Citizen Writer Award winner, USA.     

Queen Elizabeth Young Leader most Recommended Runner-up, UK.     

Deutsche Welle Global Media forum Award recipient, Germany, 2016.     

Carrington Youth Fellow of the US Consulate, 2016, Nigeria.      

UN Empower Women Champion for Change, 2016, USA.        

African Union G(ir)20 Ambassador, Turkey, 2015.   

World Youth Forum, 2018.

Western Union GS Award, USA, 2020.

Royal Commonwealth Associate Fellow

Ship the Start-up Ambassador, Finland, 2017.

Dalai Lama Fellowship, USA, 2019.

African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Award- Empowerment Category, South Africa, 2018.

Muhlenberg Goodwill Award, USA, 2021.

Sojourner Truth Award, USA, 2021.

James Schneider Award For Social Justice, USA, 2021.

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