Who is AZBGC

Beginning through the sheer hard work and determination of one woman, the Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club of Kamengo was initiated in 2006 by Agnes Zabali and supported by her friends in Uganda and Canada.

Since its inception an Ottawa-based Committee has been working in partnership with The Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) and the AZBGC Youth Committee in Kamengo, Uganda to ensure the growth and sustainability of the project.

Our History

The Ottawa Committee is responsible for fundraising to ensure that orphaned and vulnerable children and youth can go to school. Raised funds also help ensure that all children and youth in Kamengo have a safe space to participate in recreational activities and to access homework help, computers, children’s books, art supplies and local musical instruments. Funds raised go towards school fees and educational materials for 155 children and youth. The AZBGC Youth Committee includes youth who are elected by all the youth in our project.

The AZBGC programs are designed to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive space where every child, youth and adult is respected and valued. Our Canadian and local volunteers model hard work, honesty, fair play, positive attitude, cooperation and respect for self and others. We believe that all young people can grow into responsible, contributing and self-reliant members of a community. Children and youth are the center of everything we do.

Senior students are responsible for looking after the AZBGC – cleaning the building, the common area and tending the gardens. It is through working and playing together, particularly playing basketball, that the children and youth in the AZBGC program learn respect for themselves and others, fair play, the value of collaboration and an ethic of care. We support basic health, education, field trips & recreational activities to empower the youth to develop healthy lifestyles, a lifelong passion for learning, leadership skills and a sense of social responsibility.

Our Mission

To help children living in poverty remain in school and have the opportunity to reach their true and full potential. Through providing access to education, we prevent children from prematurely leaving school and, in the case of girls, reduce the chance of early pregnancy. The underlying goal of the AZBGC project is to support education, health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and youth of Kamengo so that they can be part of developing long-term solutions for their community.

Support Vulnerable Children and Youth

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Raise Awareness About HIV/AIDS

To raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, strengthen the capacity of orphans and vulnerable children to manage the challenges they face, and increase access to basic health care service.

Build Community Through Youth Engagement

AZBGC engages children and youth participate in sports and extra-curricular activities through which they gain ownership and pride in their center.

Build Youth Leadership
Youth participate in leadership workshops and take responsibility for activities with children and for ensuring sustainability of income generating businesses.

Diagram of Structure

Ottawa Committee

Jimmy Sebulime

Founder of AZBGC

Paul Stevenson


Dr. Ruth Kante

Professor of Education, University of Ottawa

Dr. Linda Newton

Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering

Les Gorman

Retired Teacher

Julia Pilon


Susan Mayo

Teacher, OCSB

Kate Spellen

Registered Nurse

Mary Beth Nolan

Teacher, Retired

Dr. F. Sendi-Mukasa

Family Medicine Resident

Rebecca Zunder

Teacher, 2018 Education Project



Teacher, Retired


Kamengo Committee


AZBGC Advisor


AZBGC Volunteer

Resty Musaazi

AZBGC Committee Member


Events Manager






Girls Affairs


Village Experience


Project Coordinator


AZBGC Ex Chairman

Pius Jjemba

AZBGC Business Director


Adjunct Head Coach


AZBGC Volunteer


AZBGC Project Coordinator


AZBGC Volunteer

Pius Jjemba

AZBGC Business Director