Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) was founded by Ms. Kombii Nanjalah in the year 2008 and officially registered as a Non Profit Organization under the canadian Society act on 24th May 2010. The story begins back in the 1987 before moving to Canada in 2006 from Kenya. Kombii organized different community Education, culture and sports projects for the needy women and children from both Kibera, Mathare Slums of Nairobi, working with refugees in the refugee camps in Kenya on mediation in conflict management/resolution, for those people from the “Africa Great Lakes Region” Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia among other countries. She was one of the Founder Members and the first woman in Kenya who started Youth Soccer Movement called Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in 1987, empowering young people through Sports to fulfill their potential, improving their lives and the lives of others in their communities. Before she left Kenya for Canada, the movement (MYSA) had helped over 1 million street children get off drugs, using soccer, arts/crafts, culture and environment to acquire employment for sustainability. She received Kenya’s “Presidential Award” The President’s Award-Kenya that exists to develop and deliver quality experiential activities that impart positive life skills and ethical values to young people for a better society. An AWARD is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people countrywide equipping them with positive life skills to make a difference for themselves, their communities, country and the world. It was launched in 1966 by the Founding Father of the Nation, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. The Award is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association, which oversees the Award Programme for young people in over one hundred and twenty countries. His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip founded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956.
Kombii headed Friends for Development International local registered organization that together with other civil organizations formed “The Civil Society Coalition” that worked with UN Habitat. Supporting the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), she was a key player in the the upgrade of the Kibera slums under KENSUP. KENSUP’s goal was to improve the livelihood of 5.3 million slum dwellers in Kenya by 2020, initiated in 2001, and by 2003between the Government of Kenya and UN-HABITAT, project partners included: Government of Kenya, Ministry of Housing, UN-HABITAT and Cities Alliance. KENSUP engages in community mobilization, preparation of town development plans, improvement of physical shelter, provision of infrastructure and amenities, solid waste management, creation of income generating activities, micro finance lending, HIV/AIDS concerns, and conflict prevention.
“Ms Kombii says” She is proud to live in a country where people from the community come together to work on common goals, where common dreams crowd out the fears that would divide the community. Canada is so greatly enriched by its diversity of cultures, languages and religions, and by our shared belief in respect, acceptance, understanding and friendship.” Things that should not weaken the fabric of who we are and the society we belong. Ms. Nanjalah works with a group of like-minded individuals from different communities with different backgrounds and experiences who see the need to support the disadvantaged and more impoverished communities. In April 2015 Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) was accredited by the UN-Habitat during the 25th UN-Habitat Governing Council’s conference in Nairobi. This makes AGL one of the Habitat Agenda Partners (HAPs). HAPs are individual organizations who partner with the UN Habitat to build sustainable human settlements. Although HAPs works for Third World, AGL’s accreditation opened doors to use the same module in DTES Vancouver and other palaces. We collaborate, share and learn from indigenous people, other communities and grassroots organizations engaging and aligning our programs with the UN Habitat’s programs that are designed to promote the SDG’s.
Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) Focuses on Life Skills Based Education and Economic Empowerment Programs (LSBEEP) within Metro Vancouver, working as well with other partners and volunteers out of Canada. Our objective of LSBEEP is to help youth overcome barriers to employment by providing them the skills they need and ability to make a successful transition to employment and or return to school, age 15- 35 years, post secondary graduates, high school graduates, recent immigrants, youth single parents, individuals that did not complete high school and those facing other barriers to employment. Our LSBEEP is “an Education that includes learning to know, to do, to live together and to be”. With expected learning out-come including a combination of knowledge, value, attitudes and skills with particular emphasis on those skills that relate to critical thinking, problems solving, self-management, communication and inter-personal skills.
Youth Programs focus:
- Work on self- assessment, goal setting, career search skills and life skills enhancement.
- 2 weeks of classroom sessions
- 4 Weeks of group based training 6 hours a week
- 10 weeks job search support including: work experience with access to Wage Subsidy support, Job Mentoring and Coaching
- Life skills workshops
- Employability skills workshops
- Internship, with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment, and it can be paid or unpaid. Use of internship before qualifying for an actual job.
- 12 weeks completion training with pay and bonuses
- Learn how to protect and preserve, environment, animals, insects and ocean as well as caring, loving respecting other human beings
- Leadership development, capacity building, Social justice and sustainable development.
- Arts and handcraft
- Kitchen garden/Cooking
- Basic Computer Knowledge
- Sports, Drums and Storytelling
- Multimedia and Arts of Photography
- Clarify employment needs and wants
- Formulate plan of actions for realizing career vision
Job Search Skills
- Cover letters
- Tap into hidden jobs
- Interview skills
- Self-marketing strategies
- Goal setting
- Effective communication
- Team work
- Financial management
- Community and volunteer services
Long-term goal: Youth Skills and Economic Empowerment Program and Summer Jobs Programs that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development which the world leaders adopted during the Summit on 25 September 2015. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Our long term goal: “The Youth Skills and Economic Empowerment Program”(YSEEP) will help the Youth to explore their interests, tap their potential in order to achieve their goals and be empowered. The target groups are: Youth that are single parents, recent immigrants, Youth at Risk, individuals that did not complete high school, persons with disability and those facing other barriers to employment. The program will offers both individual and group-based employability skills training and internship/work placement. Participants will earn money and bonus upon completion of the 12-week program that will help them grow into vibrant and productive citizens.
other programs include the enhancement of social integration of new immigrant, Refferal services, accompanying, Outreach programs personal hygine, feeding the homeless, helping youth gain access to education, employment and entrepreneurial resources. At AGL we believe in the balance of power that is found in the individual’s growth of self-determination and self-awareness. We build an integrated, socially cohesive society by building bridges to promote intercultural understanding; creating equal opportunities for all, respecting our core democratic values grounded in our history; culture, beliefs and customs. We are more responsive to diversity by integrating multiculturalism into our programs and service development, we as well seek and actively mobilize and engage community members into activities, discussions, dialogue and experiential learning through interactions.
At community level, we extend beyond the walls of the classroom, working with community leaders on different diverse issues, maximizing opportunities, using diversity as multidimensional, we pride ourselves on the mixture of People, Beliefs, Values, Customs and Social circles that compose our communities, a diverse community is composed not only of different Ethnicity, Races, and or Religions, but of different social backgrounds, locations, and life experiences as well. Our Staff and Volunteers are engaged and inspired by the world around them.
Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation’s name was derived from the African Great Lakes Region. In Swahili the name is Maziwa Makuu. AGL’s Mandate, Beliefs and Values are respected and protected according to its vision and mission. We strongly advocate for Community inclusion, engagement, empowerment, Fundamental Human rights and Dignity to all globally and increased collaboration with our stakeholders.
Our Vision, Mission and Mandate
Vision An achieved solution to social- economic empowerment and vulnerability to sustainable livelihood among gender category, creating Cities with opportunities to develop full potential and success
Our Vision, Mission and Mandate:
Mission: To promote scalable methods in creativity and educational programs, assertive network with local, regional and global partners while promoting skills development among community members, particularly women, persons with disability and youths to enhance and increase youth employability, empowering them to explore their potential and achieve their goals, with the focus on the challenges that relate to global poverty, unemployment, vulnerability etc.Learn More
Passionate about excellence: We relentlessly promote excellence and inspire excellence in others, generate trust through our reliable people-centred approach, inclusiveness, openness and transparency. Working in partnership is central to AGL’s approach that develop and generate mutual understanding and benefits to communities. Transparency: Encouraging open communication, both with donors, volunteers and stake holders. Technology: Use of technology that transforms knowledge, strengthens, builds and empowers communities – Learners to use the technology to be creators of ideas and innovations turning their creativity ideas into actions and achievable goals. Accountability: Taking responsibility for our actions and decisions.Learn More
Our Core Values
Passion in Vision and Mission
Passionate in our Vision and Mission ( Inclusion in community integration)
We take a people-centered approach to develop respectful contributions and honor to the diverse partners, volunteers and beneficiaries.
Positive attitudes while providing support, services, programs and activities, actively building partnerships, friendships and relationships to promote leadership and a sense of ownership and belonging among communities we serve.
Being accountable: Responsibility, liability, answerability into all our programs and initiatives undertakings and share transparent reporting.
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Why Choose Us
Mobilize, sensitize and engage communities to participate in education pertaining to Environment and Climate change.
We transform communities through education and information dissemination technology, we teach Knowledge, skills for sustainability, we as well advocate for Human fundamental rights, social, economic justice, peace reconciliation, sports and cross-cultural activities .
Priority on awareness creation and campaigns among young population on major health concerns that include HIV/AIDS, STI, Cancer that can be difficult. However. Through Sports e.g. Football for both boys and girls and Hip Hop dance this population is taught the dangers of HIV/AIDs spread and preventative methods on those health issues, they acquire skills in Leadership and Capacity building for sustainable development
We fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) globally, raise awareness and prevention of children’s sexual violence issues, child traffic, child solder and child labour
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