Sustainable Sources of Nutrition

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Community Health Volunteer Benard knows first hand the importance of finding sustainable sources of nutrition. Benard, who works with CPIEM in Zambia, spoke about some of the barriers the chiefdoms face in establishing reliable and sustainable sources of nutrition to community members, particularly those with or affected by HIV. While the parish provides food once a week to its members, …

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. …

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 …

Body Mapping with Women in Zambia

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Last month, as a partner of the Southern African Nutrition Initiative, CAP Network took part in a body mapping workshop in Zambia. This workshop was an opportunity to give women from our partner communities a chance to tell their own stories through their bodies. CAP Network’s local project officer, Prayreen Chisanga, along with representatives from our partners CPIEM and Chikanjebela …

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, …

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:

Eyes open, heart full in Kibera

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Intern Blog: Aleksandra Lukasiewicz Last month Jennifer and I made the trek to Nairobi for a week of work with a CAP-AIDS Uganda partner organisation, Kijiji Cha Upendo (KCU) – Swahili for Village of Love. KCU is a grassroots community based organisation operating in the Kibera slum, which is home to some 1.5 million people. They work with orphans and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Anna Beatrice Achieng

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Eliminating the transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to children is no small task but that is Beatrice’s ambition for Aboke. As the midwife in charge of the maternity ward at the Aboke Health Centre, Anna has the potential to make a dramatic impact on HIV prevention. When asked how HIV/AIDS has affected Aboke, Beatrice tells us mother to child …

Margaret Ogola

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Margaret Ogola is a busy woman, tending to her new goats, running her new hair salon business, and raising her three HIV-infected children. Even though Margaret is busy, her life is less stressful than before. As an HIV positive woman, she was faced with the physical hardships associated with the disease, plus the worry of caring for her infected children. …

Aboke Drama Youth Group, Uganda

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The youth in Aboke had an idea about how to help their community stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, but they could not find the support to turn their vision into a reality. Twenty-two youth established themselves as the Aboke Drama Youth Group (ADYG). They wanted to use drama ‘to ensure that HIV awareness is created among the community so that …

Closing the Access Gap at a Community Level

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This post by our Executive Director, Claire Holloway Wadhwani, was featured on the Huffington Post – Read it Here World AIDS Day – a time for us to celebrate the amazing progress being made in the global struggle against HIV/AIDS and a time to reflect on what could be done better. This year there is much cause to celebrate. Great …

10. 5. Amazing!

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TEN. FIVE. Amazing! Thanks to the participation of riders and their sponsors, the 2014 AIDS Ride for Africa bike-athons raised $33,000. Funds are being disbursed to ten community-based projects in five African countries! In Ethiopia: Funds are supporting KMG Ethiopia’s efforts to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV & increase HIV/AIDS awareness for pregnant women in Kembatta Tembaro Zone. KMG is …

Valeriano Angweng – Uganda

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Meet Valeriano Angweng – Mobilizing his community for a better future! One can’t help being reminded of the stories of Pied Piper when they see Valeriano play his whistle and dance down the road. Unlike this strange German folktale, however, Valeriano is leading his village to a better future, one without HIV/AIDS. As an elder in his Aboke village, Valeriano …