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 working with other agencies to smoothly integrate the Newcomers and Refugees to Canadian Society, we work with local and Internationally partners on different Educational and other sustainable development programs. We are 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 their living standards supported by our mandate.
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.
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”.
To achieve a solution to social- economic empowerment and vulnerability to sustainable livelihood and also to create a better space in World where equitable opportunities are realized.
To promote attainable methods in education, creativity and innovation, sustainable network with local and global partners to increase skills development, youth employability and self reliance, exploring their potential interests to achieve their goals. Awareness creation challenging global Environmental degradation, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life and social well–being etc. Creating an integrated, socially cohesive society by building bridges and promoting intercultural relationships, differences and understanding.
- Lifelong learning, to attain quality Education for all and knowledge through information dissemination and communication
- To inclusively address a transpiring social and ethical challenges
- To foster cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace
To provide support, services and referrals to the newcomers, refugees to smoothly integrate and transition into Canadian society. We as well support the homeless, persons with disability, and At Risk youth in collaborations with other agencies, Federal, Provincial Government, Municipalities and other stakeholders through Education, Out-reach, cultural and sports programs. We source funds for intercultural dialogue through Education, Youth Sports development, Cultural, Arts, Promote and develop life skills to reduce employment barriers, to increase the support to school drop outs (Youths, single parents (Mothers) to return to school.
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.
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
ADVOCACY, YOUTH SELF ADVOCACY, RESEARCH, SURVEY AND ACTIVISM
At Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) we are committed to social engagement, inclusion and equity, we welcome all people who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to AGL’s work, communities particularly people of color, persons with disabilities, homeless and at Risk youth. For us change begun when we were challenged. In this case we were challenged and we found people who believed in the future, willing to dream and build a global village united and formed AGL. These people took a journey outside their comfort zones, for once the comfort bubble busted, perspectives emerged, and passions ignited, passive became proactive. They stretched, stretched and confronted, dared to act and moved to mobilize and organize multicultural and educational activities in communities locally working with the undeserved communities outside Canada. The focus is on New-comers, Immigrants (Refugees)to integrate in the Canadian society, offering services, and referrals in collaboration with other Agencies. Networking with other stakeholders locally and globally, Sourcing for resources and fund raising to carry out sustainable programs using local available resources, advocacy for self help,Our main goals are: Networking, sourcing for resources, fund raise, integrating newcomers in the society for a smother transitioning, build a one stop Multimedia Resource and Education/learning centre for Youth. Participate in differences community programs, projects and activities that alighn with the UN MDGs and beyond, focusing on sustainable development educational programs to different communities that works with our organization locally and globally.
• We believe that no-one should just sit back or look to see the brokenness and despair in the disadvantaged people in our communities and walk away. Rather, we believe that spending time with them is critical. We strive to engage the public to examine social issues that affect us together. (Working in unity) believing that unity is strength, culturally understanding and accepting opening to learning about global village, in order to share different experiences and lend a hand to the children and their families. Knowing and believing that hope is contagious and courage being “ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, and intimidation”, these are reasons we connect individuals to our programs/activities and refer some to other agencies with capacities to give help or support. At AGL, as other Agencies, we do not shy away from the things that tear down and destroy our communities, we mobilize, organize, engage, and involve the communities to address the issues affecting them, sharing cross cultural, sports and community activities.
• We believe in strength to build our community through authentic, consistent relationships and partnerships on different educational events including multicultural, creation awareness on environmental issues, “Leadership development, social justice, capacity building, peace and reconciliation, governance, sustainable development, Emergency Relief support, Sports and music to articulate the communities to understand their own culture, promoting Canadian and African beauty of history, heritage, values, beliefs and customs.
• We are Anti-war, Anti-Bullying activists, we advocate and fight against the discrimination of all sorts e.g violence against women, child solder, early and forced marriage, the Albino people (ZeruZeru), Female genital Mutilation (FGM), primary education to all, safe drinking water, food security, whole health care to all globally, especially HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Malaria, Maternal and Infant Mortality- “Nutrition programs on malnourished children under 5 years” and mental illnesses. Substance/Sexual abuse, child and forced marriage, free sustainable programs, Global warming, Climate change to petition and challenge world leaders to jump into action, in order to build benevolent societies.
• Focus on Educational programs for sustainability, engaging and involving communities, using participatory appraisal and community cantered approach. Programs include but not limited to: New-comers’ smooth integration into the Canadian society,through organized programs and activities, forums and dialogue, carrying out surveys on different issues including democracy, good governance,social justice, community developments, racism, discrimination, general violence on “Human rights issues”, positive internet use by the youth, Poor graduation rates and early school drop out among the youth the refugees/immigrant of the people of African descent, Drug abuse, HIV among the black community in DTES Vancouver and abroad, children/youth tutoring and introduction to “After School Programs in Schools”, story telling and African drums, Swahili lessons and translation services, moral support to refugee students, fatherless-ness, single parenting and those facing cultural shock, Homeless feeding, Out-reach, Culture, sports and environmental issues. Organize the yearly celebrations of Black History month, Kwaza and other international celebrations.
At AGL we prevent social isolation in vulnerable groups and individuals by providing opportunities to establish or strengthen social ties. In many cases, individuals may not be aware of these opportunities and or face barriers (e.g. language, cultural, financial) to become more integrated into the community. We play a role in eliminating these barriers by offering supports, facilitating partnerships between program providers, and putting and emphasis on creating or supporting programs that are inclusive and welcoming