Who is AZBGC
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.
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.
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
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Founder of AZBGC
Dr. Ruth Kante
Professor of Education, University of Ottawa
Dr. Linda Newton
Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering
Mary Beth Nolan
Dr. F. Sendi-Mukasa
Family Medicine Resident
Teacher, 2018 Education Project
AZBGC Committee Member
AZBGC Ex Chairman
AZBGC Business Director
Adjunct Head Coach
AZBGC Project Coordinator
AZBGC Business Director