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Update on CAP Network Efforts in Light of COVID-19

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This is a very challenging time for us all. We appreciate that as you read this, you are no doubt facing challenges of your own and managing uncertainties impacting you and your families. These updates are meant to reassure you that we are able to continue our engagement with African Community Partners and Projects in light of recent developments regarding …

New crops and better nutrition for Gorret Mulenga and other women in Zambia

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Gorret Mulenga is a member of the Chikanjebela Women’s Club. We’re working with them through our participation in the SANI Twinning Initiative, helping women to take control over their health through the power of nutrition. First, we worked with CWC to provide training for its members. Women got to learn about their specific nutritional needs as women, as mothers and, …

Addressing Access to Education from Two Sides

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Addressing Access to Education from Two Sides Our partner in Kenya, the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project, recognizes the connection between poverty and lack of access to education. That’s why they’re working with families in the Kibera slum community to tackle access to education from two sides. Paying School Fees When families struggle with basic needs like shelter and food, …

Peer Learning in Zambia

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Peer Learning Visits Build Knowledge and Learning Networks CAP Network actively facilitates peer learning visits to support capacity building with our African project partners. It is valuable for hands on knowledge sharing, seeing firsthand what’s working in other projects. It’s also a great way to support the establishment of peer support networks, providing sustainable opportunities for learning, sharing and collaboration. …

2019 CAP Ride Bikeathon

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$30k, 12km, 8 projects, 5 countries! On June 11, more than 60 of us took to our bikes to raise funds for African community projects through our annual Canada Africa Partnership Ride bikeathon. Together we raised $30,000 which will be invested in eight participating projects in Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The sun was shining which made for …

The Power of Bikes

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Our grassroots partners are working hard to reach their communities with health information and education, to provide care and support for people living with illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, and to support families, vulnerable children and orphans. However, in busy urban centres and rural villages alike, volunteers on the ground often have difficulty reaching vulnerable members of their communities due to …

Community Co-Design for Solar Irrigation

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This is an excerpt of a post originally published at rainmakerenterprise.org as an update on progress to date on the Tonj Solar Irrigation Project which is partially supported through the Network’s Rainmaker Affiliate community. All photos: Jean Luc Habimana After months of remote planning between Canada and South Sudan, Rainmaker finally reached Tonj early this spring to continue planning face-to-face. Thanks …

Volunteering for Healthy Communities

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In Zambia, CPIEM’s volunteers are crucial to reaching communities and achieving health outcomes. Beauty Beauty loves working with CPIEM. She is particularly motivated by the project supported through the CAP Network which focuses empowering women and girls, and in working towards gender equality. Through our partnership, CPIEM is educating women of child-bearing age on HIV and nutrition. They are also …

Inspiration with Emmanuel Jal in Kakuma Refugee Camp

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Last month Emmanuel Jal and a team of three dedicated My Life is Art (MLIA) leaders spent seven days in Kakuma Refugee Camp training 17 young leaders from the age 12 – 20. The training event was offered through Gua Africa, a project established by Jal to provide educational opportunities to refugee youth. My Life is Art principles are designed …

Renewing Canada’s Commitment to the Global Fund

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CAP Network is pleased to join with civil society across the country calling for Canada to renew our commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We are one of twenty-seven Canadian civil society groups to call  for an early leadership pledge committing an increase of CDN $65 million per year to the 6th replenishment of the …

Safe and Healthy Food

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Food security – especially for those with special dietary requirements like children and people and those living with HIV – is about more than just quantity of food. Equally important is the variety of food and how that food is cared for and prepared. In Zambia, we’re working with local partners CPIEM and Chikanjebela Women’s Club to provide food preservation …

Annual Review for 2018

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We are thrilled to share this infographic Annual Review. We hope you will enjoy these highlights of our Network’s development impact and financial results! Annual Review – Development Impact in Africa It was a wonderful year for our project communities in Africa. Working with our partners on the ground and our affiliate communities here at home, we’ve achieved important results, …

Two months later, hope is alive and well!

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It has now been two months since the first cohort graduated from the Home of Hope Transitional Living Centre in Uganda. CAPAIDS-Uganda Project Officer Olivia Among has been keeping in touch and visiting with the graduates. She recently shared some wonderful updates about the lives they’re building back home. Using the skills and confidence they developed during their residency and, …

Home of Hope Graduation Day

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On November 17, 2018, the first cohort of residents at the Home of Hope officially graduated from their six month program. Over the course of their stay, they participated in training focused on health, life skills and livelihood skills. Their purpose was to build  capacity to become financially independent and manage a household in their own right. CAPAIDS-Uganda Project Officer, …

Zuhura – Cooking up education

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Zuhura is a mother, grandmother and caregiver living in the Kibera slum community of Nairobi, Kenya. It seems like just yesterday that she was struggling to support her family. But, her life is so very different now. With a microloan provided through the Kjiji Cha Upendo (KCU) Children’s project, Zuhura started her own catering business. The funds were enough to …

Recycled Handicrafts – a new sustainable boost to caregivers livelihoods

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This past June, the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project recruited caregivers to orphaned and vulnerable children to take part in a supplementary livelihoods training. This time, instead of simply providing small enterprise management training so trainees could embark on standard slum community income generating activities, they focused on learning to make handicrafts using recycled materials. Fifteen women participated in the …

Art in the Village of Love

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Laura, a long-time volunteer and supporter through Village of Love Canada, visited the families of the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project in August. While she was there she taught art to the children while they were on school break and also met with many of the caregivers caring for orphaned children. Laura says, “I visited the homes and businesses of …

Board Member Visits Tanzania Partners

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Earlier this summer, CAP Board Member, Lori Hale, had a chance to travel to Tanzania with her husband. While she was there she visited with our Tanzania partners – all community-based women’s groups – to hear their account of how CAP Network support has benefited their work and about their visions for the future. A scheduled personal trip to Tanzania …

CAP Ride Bikeathon 2018

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On June 10, 2018, more than 50 riders took to their bikes for the 2018 CAP Ride Bikeathon. Together, they raised more than $27,000 for six different community projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Thank you to all who rode, donated and supported us in solidarity with our African partner projects! Participating Projects:

At Home at the Home of Hope Shelter

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CAP/AIDS is thrilled to announce that 12 women (and two babies) are now living at the Home of Hope shelter in Uganda! With the donations contributed through the CAP/AIDS community in Ottawa and across Canada, CAPAIDS-Uganda has renovated the building, fully furnished the accommodations, stocked the kitchen and hired a resident manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Shelter. …

Music in May

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During the last two weeks of May, Bridging Worlds Through Music co-Founder Christie Ulicny travelled to Geita, Tanzania for a music teacher training and monitoring visit. Working alongside the BWTM music teacher Paul, they co-led a teacher training for 12 teachers on music theory, performance, keyboard, ukulele and guitar techniques. Paul is a skilled musician and educator, but was also …

A fresh coat of paint and crops ready to go!

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April was a busy month at the CAPAIDS-Uganda Home of Hope as preparations continued for the opening of their Rehabilitation Shelter for Young Women. Some freshly painted walls have brightened up the space – both interior and exterior – making the space ever more comfortable and welcoming for the twelve women who will soon be calling the Home of Hope …

Renovations Complete for Home of Hope Shelter

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Home of Hope shelter set to open it’s doors this Spring! CAP/AIDS Uganda is pleased to announce that the Phase 1 renovations at the Home of Hope are complete and the centre is ready to open its doors as a rehabilitation shelter for street-involved and vulnerable young women. The project, expected to get underway in the Spring of 2018, will …

Water for Peace

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[Excerpt from www.waterforpeace.ca] Responding to the Water Crisis Near and Far “Every minute, over 20 people are forced to flee their homes in search of water, food, and safety. Water scarcity is responsible for the displacement of millions of people through water conflicts and environmental conditions including drought. While many remain internally displaced, a few have gone on to become …

Safe Shelter

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Lira, a city in Northern Uganda, is a bustling commercial city located at the crossroads between the southern and eastern parts of the country and neighbouring Kenya,  and the towns, cities and farms to the north – stretching up to South Sudan.  It has known hard times –particularly at the height of the AIDS pandemic and the civil conflict involving …