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 …

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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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …