Who we are
Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) Canada – is a leading Canadian Non-profit Organization that provides and supports local and international community development education programs, committed in building a strong, more equitable and sustainable world. Working with unique and powerful network of Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, Private-Sector partners, Universities, Municipals and Volunteers providing services and programs in communities, this include: Capacity, Peace building, Leadership, Sustainable development, Advocacy and Campaign programs, Conflict resolution, Health and Safety, Gender equity, domestic violence, Help for child victims, Internet child exploitation-Counselling program, Environmental sustainability, responsibilities, Economic social and Cultural development, Cultural activities and Community services, Youth Employment opportunities and empowerment, improving the lives of millions of disadvantaged people in Africa Great Lakes Region countries and Haiti.
We locally support New-comers to smoothly integrate into the Canadian society, enhance support for vulnerable victims, Referral to other Agencies for specialized services and supports such as: Companion for appointment services, Supportive peer counselling, feeding the homeless, community cultural activities etc.
Our mandate is to bring together communities for benefits and rationale for the standard Benefits of Recreation. Providing accessible recreational, Educational, Social and cultural opportunities that promote, develop and strengthen relationships and community well being. “Recreation, in its many forms we acknowledge it as one of the central values of human existence. We have a fundamental need to rejuvenate our minds and our bodies, Recreation is more than just fun and games; it has the power to change lives through the individual and societal benefits that it provides such as Health, Social, Economic and environmental benefits, Participating in both structured and unstructured recreational, sport and cultural activities improves physical, psychological, mental and emotional health, Participating in recreational activities in outdoor public spaces further enhances the social and health benefits for participants and communities. Recreation for AGL is essential to sustaining a high quality of life. Understanding and looking forward on the Sustainable development goals that include the 17 Sustainable development goals proposed by the open working group (UN).
Goal: Development cannot be sustainable if it does not address the challenge of climate change to,
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere,
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture,
- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,
- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,
- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,
- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all,
- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation,
- Reduce inequality within and among countries etc.
We are all in this together and we are inspired and glad you are visiting our site. This is our on-line meeting place where all learn about our mission and the many programs, projects, services, supports and activities we undertake or the ideas we share.
We are a local Organization founded in British Columbia –Canada in the year 2010, we prove Support, Services, and Referrals locally and internationally in the Africa Great Lakes Region countries and Haiti. Formed by people who believed in the future, ready, willing to dream and build the community together, believing in principles, benevolence and simplicity, humanitarian at heart. Confidence, Resilience and Passion are the three traits that were essential in achieving their success in forming AGL.
AGL was founded for the world’s undeserved communities on commitment not adventure, we build collaborative partnerships to share common goals with other agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, communities and individuals as “a Team” to foster our cause. We respect our partners and those whom we serve in building relationships of trust. We reach out and share our vision and best practices globally in a participatory and inclusive process. Our slogan goes – “REACH ONE TEACH ONE-I AM BECAUSE WE ARE”.
AGL networks and supports training programs to the young people to start small business, to build skills and foster entrepreneurship in communities, providing mentor-ship, bridging sectors for better services, supporting ecosystem for change creating meaningful employment opportunities. Our training programs focus on capacity building and building skills for self-sustainable enterprises developed with the young, by young people, for young people. We source resources to implement training programs focusing on creating opportunities such as self-employment, merry-go round and social businesses, targeting vulnerable youth particularly the immigrants, making it possible through collaborations with other local community members/groups. We create sustainable social enterprises and opportunities through meaningful learning by doing to address the problems faced by young people so they can better help themselves to upgrade the living standards.
Whether you are ready to lend a hand, you can contribute by sharing experiences and ideas to our programs, activities, workshops, forums, and all forms of media including photographs, articles on a variety of issues and events. We collectively engage and focus on many different education programs including Facilitated programs, geared towards groups that have been or will be working together in the future. We Utilize activities that focus on group problem solving, managing conflict, and defining operational norms, involving more people-directed choices in what they do and how many challenges they meet, etc. They choose their own adventure.
The impact we make is the priorities put towards communities. We implement and broaden our programs such as: “Adventure Team Building” Outreach, campaigns, lobbying, research, survey, organizing, mobilizing and facilitating training opportunities. We practice a strategy of inclusiveness where development and stakeholders participation is promoted to share in the vision of change, building Sustainable, Economic and Social development”, Societies, Cultural diversity, Social justice etc. Our development in a classroom/round table interaction knowledge is constructed and skills are developed for those whose English is their 2nd language. English Conversation brings inspiration to the participants to fulfill our mission, addressing priorities, needs, skills building, nurturing and supporting Innovations, creativity, cultures and heritages enhancing social fabric. We value all people equally and treat others as we would like to be treated, as each contribute uniquely in advancing our mission, regardless of disproportionate burden of social vulnerability and or social inequalities.
We increase our focus on holistic development that contributes significantly towards the activities and outputs for immediate, intermediate and long-term outcomes on structural poverty reduction. AGL follows a participatory, bottom-up approach to our programs and projects planning, implementation and monitoring through the animation and formation of people from the communities we serve, in order to promote the indigenous knowledge and skills using the available resources, strengthening the process of self-development, conservation and protection of natural resources, environment and bio-diversity etc.
At Africa Great Lake Networking Foundation we ask what the ideal community is. We recognize and practice Person-centred/Person Strengths-based approaches. This is where citizens of communities working together are capable of change by relaying on skills from personal experiences and circumstances that has brought valued insight and social change movements that apply to Strength-Based Approaches focusing on ability and prospect, rather than spotlighting on challenges and problematic obstacles. We acknowledge that progressive change is undeniable and sustainable when communities are committed to creating ideal transformations based upon the current needs and values of the people. We create attainable enlightened vision and invite other partners for services and resources that believe in accomplishing goals with Person-centred/Strengths-Based Approaches to advance essential social change.
Enlightenment: AGL we believe in finding the right path for this seemingly unreachable goal to become a reality for every one of us. We are now on our way toward enlightenment: “One clue that, enlightenment is real and accessible staring at us. “Let”s all face the reality, wake up and see the light”.
A World free of War and Poverty.
Create Engagement, Collaborations, Social Innovation Solutions and Economic Empowerment on Social vulnerability to foster Sustainable Livelihood and Social Development
Advance Human rights and Dignity globally.
To fight against extreme poverty index level, hunger and food security. See a world without war achieved through inspiring sustainable excellence, Engaging communities to learn and share opportunities, innovations and creativity to unlock their Infinite Potential.
Nearly 1.5 billion people still disproportionately live in absolute poverty, at AGL we explore and implement education programs on Economic and Sustainability Development with emphasis on inclusion, people centered and participatory approach.
We advocate and set education goals one step at a time on: Poverty reduction, Environmental sustainability, Public health care, Universal Primary Education, Gender Equity Promotion/Women empowerment and Global partnership for development to increase Livelihood Security, Community sustainability/empowerment to advance social and economic justice globally to achieve UN MDGS goals and beyond.