Who we are
Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) is a registered Not for Profit Organization, since 16th June 2010. One of the leading Canadian Non-profit Organization that provides supports, services and referrals to other service providers locally, working with Internationally partners on different Educational and other sustainable development programs. Committed to raising awareness about global issues affecting the people and our planet as: Poverty, advocating for Fundamental human rights and its violations, conflict, war, genocide, Civil Rights movements,/Women Movements, Environmental degradation, etc, building a legacy of fighting injustice and inequality. We nurture local talents by identifying and supporting Cross-Cultural/sports activities initiatives that uplifts the living standards of the marginalized through Arts, Culture, Narrative/Literature and sports, supported by our mandate.
Deeply concerned about the on going violence on the people of African descent, from slavery to today’s racism and discrimination, injustices, world’s laws and policies on Africa’s Minerals etc. Together with other Civil Societies, other NOG’s in BC , Canada and beyond we shall always push for the restoration justice, and recognition, and the restoration/recognition of our Horgan’s Alley that was also home to Vancouver’s black community, and an integral part of a close-knit working class neighborhood they used to call the East End. The East End was re branded Strathcona in the 1960’s, when the neighborhood was targeted for urban renewal by city planners. Hogan’s Alley was knocked down for the Georgia Viaduct in the early 1970’s.
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As we appreciate BAN KI-MOON United Nations Secretary-General. I quote: “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. ”
We work with unique and powerful network of Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, Private-Sector partners, Universities, Municipals, Individuals and Volunteers. We provide services and programs in communities, which 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 brings 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 it’s many forms is acknowledges 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 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). 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;
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, ‘YES WE CAN’, 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 are 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 and 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”.
*World without Poverty and War.
*Create Engagement, Collaborations, Social Innovation Solutions and Economic Empowerment on Social vulnerability to foster Sustainable Livelihood and Social Development; improve accessibility to education; healthcare and combat inequality by empowering communities.
*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, Holistic, Community-based, People centred 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 Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).
LIVELIHOODS – Sustainable livelihoods
While in many developed countries the concept of a single wage earner in a career job is largely unquestioned, for most families in developing countries the situation is markedly different. Livelihood structures are complex, usually revolving around the incomes, skills and services of all members of the family in an effort to reduce the risks associated with living near subsistence. A family may survive by sending its children to sell goods on the street, while the father earns a small wage at a factory and also drives a taxi, and the mother grows food in an urban garden. Livelihoods are rarely limited to one secure job in a wage-based economy.
At AGL we define livelihood’ as the capabilities, assets and activities required for a means of living, a livelihood is sustainable if it can cope with and recover from stress, shocks, maintain and enhance its capabilities and assets to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for the next generation. Our entry point to the sustainable livelihoods approach for sustainable development is the community’s strengths, which for drought mitigation are their adaptive strategies. This approach acknowledges that communities are both subjects and objects of change and that they have much strength and knowledge about their own situation. It puts strong emphasis on the question of sustainability in economics, environmental and social well-being of people, governance and policy as well as their linkages. It uses empowerment rather than welfare, improves the productivity of existing livelihood systems and creates new opportunities sustainably. As part of the empowerment of a community, the sustainable livelihoods approach allows the development of indicators to measure improvements in livelihood systems and the sustainability of these systems.
Sustainable Livelihoods Framework
The sustainable livelihoods approach is an integrated development method, which brings individual approaches together to achieve sustainable development. It involves assessment of community assets, adaptive strategies and technologies contributing to livelihood systems, and the analysis of cross-sectoral policies and investment. We focus on Science and technology, agriculture industry, communication, Enabling environment, good governance and policies for investment in entrepreneurial development, micro-finance and People’s strategies for knowledge to obtain sustainable livelihood.
Empowering Communities for Sustainable Livelihoods
Communities face unprecedented challenges to their livelihoods, identities and their sense of place 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 and Haiti we have developed framework for understanding and achieving sustainable livelihoods, the integration of local knowledge and community strengths with contemporary science, appropriate technology through education and training, enabling policies, credits, investments, effective and transparent governance and structures.
Global economic challenges, such as food security and employment, ecological risks like climate change, racism and discrimination based on gender, disproportionately affect mostly those that in poverty.
The provision of educational opportunities to the marginalized citizens is central to AGL’s developmental poverty reduction, social empowerment and transformation strategies. Our various educational programs and policies include our Poverty Reduction Strategies, the Universal Primary/Secondary Education and the impact of Functional Adult Literacy on the empowerment of women 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 marginalised 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, 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 marginalised and vulnerable youth by extension, their equally disadvantaged families and communities.
OUR PRIORITIES INCLUDE:
Education and Skills in training for employability and sustainability
Entrepreneurship support, Training and Enterprise development
Sustainable agriculture training
Sustainable natural resource management and Climate change adaptation
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