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 …

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 …

Grace Adong

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“Now I am very confident, and not fearful about any stigmatization from the community.” Grace tested positive. That seems like a long time ago now.  Testing alone carried stigma and testing positive seemed to prove everyone else’s assumption about her health status. She had put off testing until she was ill.  Even before she knew her status, Grace was experiencing …

Rebecca Aumn

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Rebecca Aumn is a vocational beneficiary of the Sustainable Livelihoods for AIDS Orphans and Caregivers Project. She doesn’t know how old she is but she guesses, 16. Her mother and father died when she was very young, and she doesn’t remember them. Rebecca and her two younger siblings were left in the care of their uncle. Life was hard for …

AJok Gloria

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Gloria, age 16, is the first born of a family of four children. She is from Northern Uganda. Life changed nearly overnight for Gloria when her father died of AIDS. Gloria’s mother later tested positive for HIV and died the following year, leaving Gloria and her siblings orphaned, alone and without anyone to take care of the family. After Gloria’s …

Geoffrey Solomon

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Geoffrey Solomon’s life has turned around from a situation of overwhelming devastation to one of success and inspiration. Geoffrey had a humble beginning, raised in the Northern district of Uganda where HIV/AIDS was rampant. His family ended up in Kampala, but their land was completely raised by the government, forcibly evicting him and many others. Moving ‘downstreet’ – an area …

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. …

Hellen Adong, Uganda

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Hellen is already 50 years old, but still has six children in her care. She, like so many women in her community, has taken in orphaned children and is working hard to ensure that they have a chance at a bright and happy future. In 2010, Hellen was struggling to make ends meet just providing for basic needs of shelter …

A Home for Hope

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Picture a place close to home. Where all members of the community are welcome. Where neighbours come together to provide support to one another and tackle challenges. The Harvey Friesen Memorial Centre – affectionately known by the community as the ‘Home of Hope’ – is CAPAIDS Uganda’s operational headquarters. Located in Boro Boro, northern Uganda, the Home of Hope enables …

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 …

Molly Okello – Uganda

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Molly Okello lives in Aboke, northern Uganda with her husband Oscar and their baby girl. Since both have lost parents, they also care for seven younger brothers and sisters – a big responsibility for the young couple. Imagine, in their early thirties, a young married couple here in Canada might be considering buying a home, enjoying their first child and …

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 …