Who we are
We are all in this together, ‘YES WE CAN’, we are inspired and glad you are visiting our site. This is our on-line meeting place where you all learn about our vision; mission; mandate; our objectives and the many of our programs, projects and services we undertake or the ideas we share. We network and source resources to implement our educational and training programs focusing on creating opportunities. Enlightenment: We believe in finding the right path for this seemingly unreachable goal to become a reality for each 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, let us wake up together hold hands and and see the light”. Harambee.
Whether you are ready to lend a hand, you can contribute by sharing experiences and ideas to our programs, activities, workshops, forums, dialogue, round table conversations, multicultural parade 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 are priorities put towards communities, by implementing and broadening 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 and shared for the vision of change, building sustainable, economic and social development.
Our development and knowledge in classroom or and at the round table interaction 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 of immediate, intermediate and long-term outcomes on structural programs. 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 local available resources, strengthening the process of self-development, conserve and protect those local resources as: natural, environmental and bio-diversity etc.
We focus on the question of what an ideal community is, recognize and practice Person-centred and 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 with the focus 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 their current needs and their values. We create attainable enlightened objectives and work with other partners that believe in accomplishing goals with Person-centred and strengths-based approach to advance essential social change.
We are a local Organization founded in British Columbia –Canada and registered as a society on 16th June the year 2010. It’s one of the leading Canadian Non-profit Organizations that provides supports, services and referrals to other service providers locally and internationally works on different Educational and other sustainable development programs. Formed by people who believed in the future, ready, willing to dream and build the community together, believing in principles, benevolence, and simplicity with humanitarian hearts. Confidence, resilience and passionate in the three traits that were essential in achieving a success in forming AGL that was founded for the world’s undeserved communities on commitment not adventure. We build collaborative partnerships to share common goals with other agencies, and other stakeholders 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 in a participatory and inclusive process. Our slogan goes – “REACH ONE TEACH ONE-I AM BECAUSE WE ARE”.
We are committed to raise awareness on global issues affecting the people and our planet, like poverty, fundamental human rights and its violations on conflict, war, genocide and massacre. We advocate and promote Civil Rights, and Women Movements, peace, justice, prosperity, Environmental degradation, etc., fight reduce poverty index level, inequality and injustices in the “People of African descent who are among the poorest and most marginalized communities around the world. With very high rates of mortality and maternal deaths, and limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security. They as well most times experience discrimination in their access to justice facing alarmingly high rates of police violence and racial profiling.
We have an increased concerns on the ongoing violence, from Slavery trade to today’s racism, discrimination and other injustices among African descendants and other people of color like First Nations in Canada and globally. We push for recognition and restoration justice of the past wrongs, into today and the future (The recognition and restoration of our Horgan’s Alley displacement of the only Vancouver’s black community). Quote! BAN KI-MOON United Nations Secretary-General. “We must remember that people of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education. ” End of quote.
We work with unique and powerful network of Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, Private-Sectors, Universities, Municipals, Individuals and Volunteers. We network, provide services and educational training and programs in communities as: capacity/peace building, Leadership, economic, social, sustainable and cultural development, conflict resolution, health and safety, gender equity, Internet child exploitation, counselling, At risk youth, feeding/caring for the homeless, Youth Employment opportunities and empowerment programs, supports start-up small business to foster entrepreneurship and build youth skills. Training programs focus on capacity and skills building for self-sustainable enterprises developed with young people, by young people, for young people. Mentor-ship, bridging sectors for better services, support ecosystem to change and create meaningful employment opportunities, environmental issues and responsibilities, development cannot be sustainable if it does not address the challenge of climate change. 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.
New-comers program to smoothly integrate them into the Canadian society, nurture local talents, identify, support cross-cultural and sports development initiatives to uplift the living standards of the marginalized through Arts, cultural programs, narrative/literature, providing recreational, social activities and cultural opportunities help to promote, develop and strengthen relationships and community well being. We work with those particularly from Africa Great Lakes Region countries and Haiti as we are committed to building a strong, more equitable and sustainable world.
“Recreation, in its many forms is acknowledged 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. To participants in both structured and unstructured recreational activities improve their physical, psychological, mental and emotional health. Supported by our mandate we seek to curry out advocacy, campaigns and activism programs to help improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged People of Africa descent, and other minority’ communities globally using them to express their feelings in many forms.
Part of our mandate is to: reduce poverty index level in all its forms everywhere; end hunger; achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; inclusiveness, equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; gender equality and empower all women/girls; ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; Promote sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, foster innovation; Reduce inequality within and among countries etc.
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
Mission: To promote scalable methods in creativity and educational programs, assertive network with local, regional and global partners while promoting community skills development for women/girls, persons with disability and youths to enhance and increase youth employability and empowerment to explore their full potential and achieve their goals, focusing on the challenges that relate to global poverty, unemployment, vulnerability etc.
- Lifelong learning, to attain quality Education and knowledge for all through information dissemination and communication
- To inclusively address a transpiring social and ethical challenges
- The dynamics of multiculturalism through diversity, intercultural dialogue and pride parade to create multicultural space and integrate the disadvantaged communities
Provide support, services and referrals to the newcomers, refugees to smoothly integrate and transition into Canadian society, welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability in collaborations with other stakeholders.
Promote our annual celebrations, our carnival, parade and dialogue
Empowering Communities for Sustainable Livelihoods
Communities face unprecedented challenges to their livelihoods, identity and their sense of belonging or and a space in the evolving global village, with continued economic and ecological crises: Will communities be able to cope? That is what we at AGL ask. We teach communities the fundamental and far-reaching change in the attitudes and behaviours, we focus on achieving a deeper understanding of community processes and livelihoods systems, particularly in the countries where we work in. Through our work in Africa, Haiti and locally here we have developed framework for understanding and achieving sustainable livelihoods, the integration of local knowledge and community strengths with contemporary science, appropriate technology to enable work on policies, credits, investments, effective and transparent governance and structures which do not favor the marginalized changed as Global economic challenges, ecological risks like climate change, racism and discrimination based on gender, disproportionately affect most of this this group of people.
The provision of educational opportunities to the marginalized citizens is central to AGL’s developmental as well as poverty reduction index level, social empowerment and transformation strategies. Our various educational programs and policies include our Poverty Reduction Strategies, the Universal Primary/Secondary/University Education to all and the impact of functional adult literacy to empower women/girls in the absence of formal schooling that contributes to women’s social integration, positive self-concept, and family cohesion. At AGL we acknowledge and support “The Non-formal education and livelihood skills training Programs”, targeting out-of-school and socio-economically vulnerable youth (such as orphans, street youth, sex workers, domestic workers) from marginalized urban, rural and slum communities.
We collaborate with Local/International Agencies, Universities, Colleges, Civil society/grass-roots/self-help organizations and Vocational Village Polytechnics to provide education and livelihood support and training in different skills or trades including hairdressing, tailoring, car-wash, motor mechanics, carpentry, electronics, welding, cookery Arts, dance, hand crafts, drums, painting, drawing, storytelling, photography etc. In addition we offer the participants with life skills training, focusing on health issues including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, mother child health care, nutrition, child-rearing, peer-counselling, drug and alcohol (substance) abuse, we primarily endeavour to empower socio-economically marginalized and vulnerable youth by extension to their equally disadvantaged communities globally.