People Power During COVID-19: 16th Annual Canada Africa Partnership Virtual Ride is Fundraising for 14 Projects

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COVID-19 has impacted many areas of our lives. The power of coming together and supporting each other is more apparent now than ever.  Every June, projects and organizations unite through the Canada Africa Partnership Ride bike-a-thon to raise funds for community development efforts across Africa. This year is no different.  To continue creating collective impact while staying safe, we are …

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 …

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, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Brighter Futures – Gallery

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With over $10,000 raised for the Home of Hope in Uganda and a good time had by all, we’re calling it a success! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and contributed to the event – our amazing teams of riders, the Tine Rufaro band, Capital Velofest, all of our Silent Auction donors and our sponsor Electrosource.Thank you …

Community /kəˈmjuːnɪti/

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All for one and one for all – Aleksandra Lukasiewicz, CAP Network IYIP Intern Community /kəˈmjuːnɪti/ – The people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. In my time and interactions with the people of …

Youth farming their way to a more prosperous future

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Dorcus, a 26 year old farmer from Boroboro, was invited to a CAP Network agriculture and livelihood training held by our partner CAPAIDS-Uganda in July 2015. She was one of fifteen youth trained in modern agriculture techniques and health and among nine youth that CAP Network intern Aleksandra Lukasiewicz met with this month (pictured together). After the training, each of …

Meet Dorcus Adero: Farming her way to a more prosperous future!

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Dorcus, a 26 year old farmer from Boroboro, was invited to a CAP Network agriculture and livelihood training held by our partner CAPAIDS-Uganda in July 2015. She was one of fifteen youth trained in modern agriculture techniques and health. After the training, each of the youth was given seeds and tools for their drops, with Dorcus receiving rice seeds. The …

Meet Sarah Babirye – a determined mother, teacher and entrepreneur!

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Sarah is 46 and lives with her husband and nine children in Kampala.  She is a part of the Needy Support Centre, and recently participated in the revamping of their group Village Savings and Loan (VSL) project. Just four months after this project began, it is easy to see that it has already had a huge impact on her life.  …

Uganda: Awaken Your Senses

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Aleksandra Lukasiwicz is an intern working with CAP Network partner CAPAIDS-Uganda as part of the International Youth Internship program funded by Global Affairs Canada. I boarded my flight to Uganda three weeks ago and promised myself that I wouldn’t have any expectations for the journey I was setting out on for the next six months. That’s not to say that …

A Powerful Woman

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Milly Ongwen is a member and a lead community mobilizer with the Aboke HIV/AIDS Women’s Association in Aboke, northern Uganda. Milly and her husband Valeriano participated in the CAP Network’s Sustainable Livelihoods program as a partner of CAPAIDS-Uganda. Together with other caregivers in the community, they attended trainings on agriculture and HIV/AIDS life skills. After completing the training, and using …

Business Training and a Passion for Basket Making

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Florence Anyeko is a widow and the mother of four beautiful children.  She was referred to the Needy Support Centre by the group’s mobilizer Oroma Joyce. Both HIV positive and suffering from cancer, Florence received a bicycle from CAP-AIDS Uganda during their bicycle distribution project and was a participant in the Youth Entrepreneurial Stream of the 2009-2012 Sustainable Livelihoods project.  …

Savings and Loans – A Boost to Livelihoods

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This May, our intern Christine Stenton worked with local Ugandan partner Needy Support Centre to provide training and start-up funds in order to facilitate the restructuring of the Needy Support Center’s group savings and loans scheme to make it more accessible, transparent and accountable to its members. The two-day training was intended to help reduce the economic vulnerability of NSC’s …

2015, A focus on orphans

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My friend Grace (not pictured here) takes care of 16 children, all orphans, all her brothers’ and sisters’ children, as well as her own children. She has been on her own now for over a decade since loosing her husband. Grace is HIV + and thankfully ARVs came around when they did for her. We’ve been friends for 15 years …

Lillian Ayot

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Lillian is connected to The Needy Support, a community partner who works with the must vulnerable members of their community and helps them to overcome pretty large obstacles. The community group is based outside of Kampala, Uganda and are part of a community that has carried a high burden of poverty and HIV/AIDS. Lillian’s story is a familiar one. She …

AHWA – The story of community organizers

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The Aboke HIV/AIDS Women’s Association (AHWA) was founded by women in the community who were living with HIV and/or caring for the orphaned children of family and neighbours. The founding members worked around Aboke High School in the Aboke Sub-county of Kole District in Northern Uganda. They were concerned with the immense burden of HIV/AIDS in their community, especially on …

Moringe Plus on Bikes

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Originally formed as a savings and loans group in 2008 in order to increase their individual economic circumstances, this group of 30 (26 women and 4 men) people is an officially registered Community Based Organization that regularly conducts community outreach and education events in their community. Seven members of Moringe Plus are HIV positive, and several other members are HIV …

Florence Anyieko

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Florence is HIV + and was evicted from her land while raising a 16, 14 and 9 year old. It’s been tough going. Living in Nakawa district in Uganda is not easy. It’s a poor area with a lot of people living there originally from the North who were, like Florence, displaced by the civil war. While things are changing, …

Needy Support Centre

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A group of passionate women and men started meeting under a tree to discuss the plight of the most needy members of their community. They were concerned with extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. They became the Needy Support Centre and have since expanded to over 300 members, still motivated by the same concern for the most vulnerable and needy members in …