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, …

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. …

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 …

Kibera Sustainable Businesses

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More and more members of the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project are turning to environmentally sustainable livelihood activities. From the Gardens in a Sack initiative wherein families can grow healthy greens in sacks on their roofs, to using recycled materials to make handicrafts for sale in tourist markets, they are joining a growing movement in Kibera! Check out these other …

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 …

Pauline Mutungi – Doing Business and Raising a Family in Kibera

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Pauline is mother and a businesswoman living in Kibera, Nairobi. As a businesswoman, Pauline has been working with Kijiji Cha Upendo since 2015, participating in their livelihoods training, micro-loans program, and Village Savings and Loans meetings.  At the beginning of 2016, she took out a loan from Kijiji Cha Upendo for 10,000 Kenyan Shillings (~$130), which she used to buy …

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.  …

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 …

From Kampala to Kibera!

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Post by CAP Network Intern in the Field – Christine Stenton I was recently lucky enough to be sent to Nairobi for a week to work with Kijiji Cha Upendo, a community-based organization and partner to the CAP Network located in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. This was a particularly exciting task for me since Kijiji Cha Upendo’s creators have been friends …

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 …