Africa – Current Programs


  • Medical Trips - 5
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2008 – 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Medical and Education

    Better Healthcare, Brand New Playgrounds
    Our successful projects in Tanzania are about recreation and health.
    Goals & Impact
    In Tanzania, we’ve brought healthcare to the Burko area and built children’s playgrounds for two schools in the Oldeani area. Many individuals from both Tanzania and Canada have been involved in the projects.
    Highlights & Details
    We operate women’s, children’s, and maternal health clinics and eye screenings at the Oldeani Clinic in the Burko area. Our Canadian doctors, medical professionals, and volunteers work with local medical teams to screen, treat, and educate patients on health and dental care. We’ve also had volunteer teams assemble two playgrounds shipped from Canada. They’re in use at the Oldeani Primary School with 900 K-7 students, and at the Meali Primary School in rural Karatu, Tanzania, with 350 Grade 1-7 students.
    The Rift Valley Children’s Home
    The Robin Hurt Wildlife Foundation
    Moduli Hospital
    Oldeani Clinic



  • Medical Trip - Burko
    Women’s, Children’s and Maternal Health Clinics
    Canadian doctors and volunteers have travelled with us to Tanzania.
    In Tanzania, we operate women’s, children’s, and maternal health clinics and eye screenings at the Oldeani Clinic in the Burko area. We bring Canadian doctors, medical professionals, and volunteers who work with local medical teams to screen, treat, and educate patients on health and dental care.

    Training workshops were set up with our partner Robin Hurt Wildlife Foundation and the Monduli Hospital for the village health care workers in the Burko area.

    2012 Volunteers:
    Doctors: Gulshan Lodhi, Anne Darragh, Heather Gilley
    Nurses: Jackie Rodvang, Latifa Mnyusiwalla, Nicole Entz, Christine Anderson
    Optometrists: Sandra OShanyk, Sherri Norris, Kathleen Murrary, Tanya Sitter
    Support: Leslie Reidlinger, Maureen EbertsElberts, Carlie Reidlinger, Mary Tidlund
    Twelve volunteers from the Rift Valley Children’s Village
    Translators and social workers

    2011 Volunteers:
    Doctors: Anne Darragh, Violet Shadd, Heather Gilley, Gulshan Lodhi
    Nurses: Nicole Entz, Jackie Rodvang, Latifa Mnyusiwalla, Carol Pederson, Taryn Knowler Physiotherapist: Patti Mayer
    Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur
    Support: Ami Barras, Danica Brister, Maureen Eberts,Gary Nissen, Leslie Reidlinger, Shannon Otsuka



  • Karatu - St. Paul's Academy - Nursery School
    STATUS: Ongoing
    TIMEFRAME: 2013 -2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education
    Getting a head start means the difference between a life on the street and a life in school.

    The St. Paul’s Academy believes that an investment in early childhood development with give the children the foundation they need to succeed in education.

    Their mission is to provide a safe place for orphans and street children age 3 – 6 years old in the Karatu District to learn spiritual values and manners and build their self – confidence and skills to “transition” to primary schools.

    Funds are being used to pay for the operating costs: salaries for three teachers, rental of space, porridge for breakfast for the children, furniture and teaching supplies.

    North Buxton Community Church
    Joyce Middleton

  • Project Midabini
    STATUS: Ongoing
    TIMEFRAME: 2013 -2016
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    North Buxton Community Church
    Joyce Middleton


Africa – Completed Programs


  • Microfinance 2002 - 2006
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2002 – 2006
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Alleviation of Poverty

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the Development Workshop, US AID, and private donors, are working to help rebuild a shattered economy and a fractured community in Angola, a country with a long history of corruption and war. The Huambo Microfinance Programme provides an employment alternative to Angolans, primarily Angolan women, some of whom had been involved in prostitution. Through microfinancing, these individuals obtain loans to start up small businesses. They are, in turn, able to build a more promising future for themselves, their families and communities.

    We started this program in 2002, with small loans to 250 women. Since then, the program has delivered assistance to 10,000 individuals through a $1.5 Million microcredit fund and now involves a loans portfolio worth $7 Million USD with repayment to date at 99%.

    More about the Development Workshop



  • Water Filtration
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005 – 2006

    MATCF collaborated with local partner Development Workshop and CAWST from Calgary, Alberta. Tal Woosley from CAWST trained and taught the workers at Development Workshop how to build the bio sand concrete water filters. Water filters were then distributed to families and school. Our efforts have been supported by Rotary International, Calgary South Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Luanda, Angola. 21,000 people in schools, health posts and homes in four municipalities of Huambo, Angola initially benefited from the clean water produced from the filters.


  • Agriculture, Water wells and Livelihoods for Women

    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 – 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Agriculture, Water wells and Livelihoods for Women

    Goals & Impact

    The Goals of the program are as follows:
    •  Improve Access to Water (drilling 1 water well in 11 communities)
    •  Improve and Diversify Rural Livelihoods (Market Gardening)
    •  Women’s Savings and Credit Groups (Savings for Change Model)
    •  Strengthen Women’s Leadership

    Highlights & Details

    In partnership with Groundswell international since October 2013, we support sustainable agriculture initiatives and strengthen local food systems in rural communities in Burkina Faso. Empowering local women through agricultural education builds healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. Families are taught how to strengthen local seed systems and small-scale farmers are connected to urban consumer markets providing low-income urban families with access to healthy affordable food. Partnership since October 2013.

    This fund supports the establishment of water wells for families and helps womens generate the capital they need to invest in vegetable production and other complementary livelihood practices.

    “We started a ‘savings for change’ group last year. Thirteen women benefited from the program and we each received $11 at the end of the year from the money we saved and distributed. We just started a new cycle again this year and now have 20 women participating.” – Yougba

    Groundswell International
    L’Association Nourrir Sans Detruire (ANSD)



  • Partners in the Horn of Africa

    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2008
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Capacity Building

    Hope For Children Team is Our Team in Ethiopia
    The Hope for Children (HFC) team is our team in Ethiopia. This organization helps fulfill the basic needs of over 600 Ethiopian children affected by HIV/AIDS and outfits over 700 with school uniforms and supplies. Our $10,000 helped pay HFC’s founder a salary. A group of Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation volunteers visited the program in 2007.


  • Cape Three Points
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2010 – 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health Post Construction and Operation

    Funtunfuneefu Helps People and Places
    Cape Three Points is a village that has been without power and running water.

    Goals & Impact

    We’re helping to build and operate a health clinic, visitor’s centre, and sanitation project in this village of 900 on the Ghana coast. We’re part of a collaborative movement with Funtunfuneefu, a local organization, to improve life in the village with education and support. The local community built the health post and upon its completion the government medical personel now operate it.

    Highlights & Details

    Without power, running water, sanitation systems or a health facility, life in the village has been a challenge. Otherwise treatable diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever, and cholera have caused premature deaths here. We’ve helped reduce depression, diabetes, and hypertension. In addition to health care, our work ensures sustainability of the area, with its sea turtles and one of the world’s last remaining virgin forests. Pollution and damming have contaminated water, resulting in severe cases of Buruli ulcers, which scars and disfigures. We’re working to improve the water quality. There have also been breakthroughs in the way safety information is communicated. Sheila Conacher, a Saskatoon nurse, leads the program. Local volunteers, including the local soccer team, have provided the construction and health care. When the construction was complete when the government took over the health post and has staffed it with a doctor and two nurses.




  • Good Shepherd's
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2002 to 2011
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Goals & Impact

    In Meru, Kenya we funded the education for 10 girls ages 6 to 18 to attend schools in the Meru area.

    Highlights & Details

    The funds covered tuitions, textbooks, exams, stationery, uniforms, and medication. The girls lived in a shelter that was governed by the Good Shepherd Sisters and had lived in the slums or families that were poor. The costs per year per student was $1000.

    In 2005, FACES, a group of Calgary volunteers linking schools in Canada with schools in Africa, facilitated relationships, provided educational tools, exchanged ideas, and promoted cross-cultural understanding. FACES connected four schools in Calgary (Hawkwood, Varsity Acres, Fairview and Scenic Acres) with four schools in Meru, Kenya. In the fall of 2005 we visited the Good Shepherd Sisters in Meru, Kenya at their shelter where 17 girls live.

    In 2011 Joyce Middleton visited Meru and the North Buxton Church purchased a water tank for the Good Shepherd Sisters convent.

    Good Shepherd Sister Sisters

  • Micro-Finance Help for the Disabled - Mombasa
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005 – 2007
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Alleviation of Poverty
    In partnership with the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), the Foundation has contributed $10,000 to support the training of 25 physically challenged individuals. They received business and vocational training and had access to start-up capital. Typically, they ran small businesses in tailoring, carpentry, and retrial such as selling water from a tap.

    The Foundation has also given $3,000. to APDK for wheelchairs and tricycles.

  • Keeping the Circle Strong
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2004 to 2009
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and Health

    Litein Hospital, Hospice Care and Orphanage Project

    Hold Me Africa was a group of volunteers from the Agape Hospice in Calgary that provided palliative care and education to the Litein Hospital. As a volunteer, Palliative Care Nurse, Cathy Garratt, lived in Litein for 3 years.

    Jeff Rolheiser, Matt Palmer, and Dave Horrocks assisted in creating and documenting a music program between the Litein Children’s Orphanage with the Keeping the Circle Strong group.

    KCS (Keeping the Circle Strong) started with the students, staff, and parents of Fred Seymour Elementary School in Calgary, Alberta. In February 2006, the recording of the Love Will CD began at the school and in Litein, Kenya. The sales of the CD are going to helping the Litein Children’s Orphanage. Through the enthusiasm and generosity of these students, the circle got stronger by them wanting to learn and do more for these children on the other side of the world. Pen pals were formed and goals were set to raise money for mosquito nets, mattresses, and basic needs through silent auctions, bottle drives, and other fundraisers.

    A smaller group of children made presentations to Calgary businesses for donations; they called themselves AFRI-CAN. Matt Palmer, a local filmmaker, saw the spark and spirit of these young kids and decided to make a documentary of this grassroots global citizenship project. By the end of the school year the children of Fred Seymour raised over $50,000! Their goals were met.

    In August 2006, a team of students, staff, and parents went to Litein with the money and had new roofs installed, swings repaired, clothes purchased, and special bonds were made.

    On November 3rd, 2006, the first Imagine Gala fundraiser benefiting the children of Litein was held at Webster Galleries and, to no surprise, was a huge success with a turnout of 250 people and another $50,000 was raised. That evening was also the launch of the new trailer to the documentary Letters From Litein by Matt Palmer.

    The Foundation donated an endoscopic machine along with other medical equipment to the Litein Hospital. Numerous volunteers have continued to work with the Litein Orphanage.

    A volunteer group, FACES (Foundation for African and Canadian Educational Support) then visited Litein and worked with the local public schools donating educational supplies. They also constructed 2 restored playgrounds that were shipped in containers from Calgary, Alberta.
    FACES volunteers
    Cathi, Dean, Daren and Samatha Day. Kelly Denysuik, Glen Freeborn, Brett Robertshaw, Ntalie Torossian, Rod and Angus Wilmer, Shannon Wilson, Jeff Rolheiser and Dave Horrocks.

  • Liteni Playground
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2009
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and the Alleviation of Poverty

    New playground Installed in 2009

    A new playground was assembled and installed by Canadian volunteers and members of the Litein Community in March 2009, at the local Litein Primary School. This school has 1100 students from Grades K – 8. The playground will serve these children, but will also be accessible to the whole community.
    Volunteers on this project are Cathi, Dean, Samantha and Darren Day, Kelly Denysuik, Glen Freeborn, Brett Robertshaw, Natalie Torossain, Rod and Angus Wilmer and Sharon Wilson.

    Education and diet are very important, but we also believe that exercise and play are just as important for all children wherever they live.

  • Tumaini Children's Home
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005 – 2008
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Education

    Tumani Childrens Home – Education & homes for children – Tumani

    Dr. Violet Shadd, Joyce Middleton, Alex and Kim Squires, Suzy Thompson, Carolyn Lefebvre, and Mary Tidlund visited the HIV/AIDs Tumaini Children’s Home in November 2008 and had meetings with Osvaldo, the manager, and Evelyne, the health care person. The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation funds Evelyne’s annual salary. We were very impressed at the improvement of the Children’s Home. In 2005 when we initially visited, there were approximately 45 children at the home. Approximately 26 children had died that year. Evelyne was a volunteer and had just started at the Children’s’ Home to help out. Since then, there has been only been a few children die and none in 2007 and 2008. The impact of donating funds for Evelyne’s salary moved Evelyne from a volunteer to a full time salaried employee. The results in the children are shown in the decreased mortality rate. This is mainly due to the distribution and monitoring of daily medication, and the health education that Evelyn provides the children with. The responsibility and acceptance that has been given to each of the children to grow and know that they have a disease that needs to be managed and that life goes on, is evident in the attitude of the children. The children are now living their lives fully.

  • Bomu Medical Centre 2005
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Medical

    Mombasa, Kenya – Bomu Medical Centre

    The Foundation funded the Bomu Medical Centre with $5000 for HIV patients who cannot afford to pay for x-ray fees or the costs for medicine if they have an ancillary infection like pneumonia, diarrhea, or meningitis.

    The foundation purchased an ultrasound machine for the clinic and trained a local technician. We also set up a tuition fund to enable a nurse, Fatuma Marshed, to get her RN certificate over the following two years and purchased twenty wheelchairs and tricycles for the disabled from the Bombalulu workshop that is run by the disabled in Mombasa.

    The team consisted of Dr. Violet Shadd, Dr. Gulshan Lodhi, Yusuf Mnyusiwalla (radiologist) and retired principal/photographer Brian Barass from Kitchener, Ontario.

  • Elimu Foundation - Mombasa - Majengo School
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005 – 2007
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Elimu Foundation – Mombasa – Majango School

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation has partnered with the Elimu Foundation, and their trustee/vice chairwoman Shakila Mamujee, in the reconstruction and renovation of a school in Majengo, Kenya working to provide classrooms, desks, a resource center/library, staff room, toilets, and administration offices.

    Elimu considered this school in dire need of rehabilitation in order that an improved school will uplift poverty levels within the community as a whole. The community around the school is prevalent with drug abusers and unemployment, leading to a lack of interest and overall responsibility in the education of the children. The community has a very low level of education, if any, and as a result of this the children are not encouraged to learn further. The lack of decent facilities means the teachers lack motivation and this is further exasperated by the fact that, with falling trends, the school no longer attracts bright students.

    In the last school Elimu renovated, they have seen a large change in the discipline and motivation of both teachers and students as it has now become a school of choice.

    The improved school will also vitalize the community facilities by utilizing the school facilities in the evenings for community education and good parenting classes. By bringing the parental community into the school, the performance of the students can be improved immensely.

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation has contributed $25,000 towards this renovation which was completed in May of 2007.

    Click here to view a letter from the school.

    The first phase of our involvement with Majengo Primary School consisted of building:
    •  8 Classrooms with desks
    •  Resource Centre
    •  Library Staff Room
    •  Toilets for the entire school
    •  Administration Offices
    •  Water Supply

    This was successfully completed in 2007. We are heartened to observe the positive impact the improved school has made on its community and are eager to continue our work at Majengo.
    We now plan to continue the project by assisting in the raising funds for the building of two new classrooms for a Nursery of 60 children, and to rehabilitate the Store and provide a Canteen.



  • Elimu Foundation - Mombasa - Tudor School
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Elimu Foundation – Mombasa – Tudor School

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation has partnered with the Elimu Foundation, and their trustee/vice chairwoman Shakila Mamujee, in the reconstruction and renovation of a school in Tudor, Kenya working to provide classrooms, desks, a resource center/library, staff room, toilets, and administration offices.

    The foundation funded the new roof on the school classrooms.


  • Medical Trip 2013
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2013
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Medical Volunteer Trip

    Mobile mMdical Clinic & Health Promotion

    Goals & Impact

    A team of Canadian medical doctors, nurses, and general volunteers travelled to Senegal to work with our partner Tostan in the Dakar region delivering healthcare to women and children.

    At Thiès, we joined with the NGO Tostan and the District Medical Officer and staff. There, American interpreters translated for us from the local languages of Wolof and French to English, for which we are very thankful. We treated and gave workshops to 436 people during the two weeks we were there. The main symptoms addressed were hypertension, muscular pain, parasites, and women’s reproductive health issues. We also worked in the prison in Thiès, treating the women and children along with the Tostan team. As this was our first time working in Senegal, it was an especially informative and groundbreaking trip, and we express our gratitude towards Tostan for introducing us to the area and their excellent community development efforts.

    The Canadian and Senegal team members were:

    Doctors: Gulshan Lodhi, Violet Shadd
    Nurses: Nicole Entz, Christine Anderson, Rita Bonneville, Latifa Mnyusiwalla
    Support: Leslie Reidlinger, Mary Tidlund and Photographer Jo-anne McArthur.
    Senegal: Zoe Williams, Dr. Papa Chimere, Alix Desrues, Christopher Barker Carlock, Cherif Ndiaye, Kaela McConnon, Fallou Mboup, Mamadou Sy, Dame Gueye, Aimata Dia, Thildo Bauo, Naimouna Bauo.

    Highlights & Details

    The project addressed the systemic barriers to healthcare in these regions. The two week free walk-in clinic provided on the spot consultation, assessment, and treatment to target the elevated rates of preventable and curable conditions in areas isolated from medical care, where the majority of women have been subject to female genital cutting. The mobile medical clinic and continuing education project will have the capacity to teach 1500 women and infants on health care education, enhance the knowledge base of five to ten health care workers representing villages of thousands, and screen and produce health records for 500 to 1000 children. By increasing local knowledge, developing the network, and resources of the existing health service, we envision that the communities’ health status will continue to improve after our team’s departure.



  • Somali Women's Scholarship Program
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education of Women

    We supported Somali women getting university education. We partnered with The Global Enrichment Foundation to award university scholarships to Somali women. The Somali Women’s Scholarship Program was set up by Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout. She was kidnapped and held hostage in Somalia. The program, which she established after her release, covers tuition and a living allowance.
    Global Enrichment Foundation



  • Hands @ Work
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    South Africa – Masoyi
    Tuition and homework help in Masoyi

    In South Africa with our partner Hands at Work, we’ve provided after school homework support to grade 10 to 12 students and tuition for six high school graduates to attend universities in South Africa.


  • ACCESS - African Community Center for Social Sustainability
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Medical

    Medical Supplies For 12,000

    Partnering with US-based MedWish and AMJ Campbell International, we filled a container with medical supplies and shipped it to the Nakaseke Lifecare Center in Uganda. This ensured medical care for 12,000 seriously ill patients and indirect benefits for 40,000. These people would otherwise have had to travel for treatment, something most couldn’t afford to do. We also support the SSUBI foundation in the Gulu area in building schools.

  • Wildlife Education Camp
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Wildlife Education Camp

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation ran its second “Wildlife Education Camp,” in the summer of 2008. Partnered with the Pece Community Nursery School, a team of seven Foundation staff and volunteers took 84 children on three-day educational trips to Murchison Falls National Park. The children come from Gulu, in Northern Uganda and most of them had never before left the district. It was great to share a part of their own country with them – they loved seeing giraffes and elephants for the first time, and even more exciting was seeing hippos right in our camp!

    Thanks to volunteers Rishma Mawani, Carly Heffner, Erin Ekman Krause, and Heather, Gail and Ted Lefebvre for their hard work in making this trip a success.

    2007 Wildlife Camp

    In November 2007, Foundation staff Carolyn Lefebvre led a group of 9 volunteers to Gulu, Uganda to work with the children of the Pece Community Nursery School. Volunteers Kathy Carson, Tyler Carson, Lynn Demers, Erin Ekman, Jewell Franssen-Tingley, Janel Hartwell, Jayson Krause, Gail Lefebvre and Kathy Reinboldt took 62 children from the school on three-day wildlife education trips.
    For most of the children this was the first time they had left Gulu district, let alone see hippos and giraffes! It was a great learning experience for the children, their teachers, and the volunteers.
    Thanks to Glen and Bev Buchwald for his donation for the children to participate in this program. The Foundation hopes to make this trip an annual event.

  • Pece Community Nursery School
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2009
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    After visiting Gulu, Uganda in March of 2007, The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation has partnered with the Pece Community Nursery School to pay all staff salaries through to 2009.

    The Pece School offers the lowest cost pre-primary education in all of Gulu District – a service that is not publicly funded. The school has ten staff who work with 240 kindergarten aged children, all of whom come from very poor families. In the past, school fees have been used to pay the teachers’ salaries; however, families often default in payment leaving nothing with which to pay staff. By covering these costs, teachers can be confident they will be paid for their hard work and the quality of education at the Pece Community Nursery School will remain high.

    By the end of three years the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation will have supported the Pece Community Nursery School with $6600 US.

  • Sanyu Babies' - Kampala
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005-2006
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Education

    The Sanyu Babies’ Home is a home dedicated to caring for forty abandoned children in Kampala, Uganda. The Home was started in 1929 by a Missionary Sister, Milnes Walker. Regardless of race, tribe, or creed the home provides a warm family atmosphere, providing medical care, education, and love. The number one aim of the Home is to find foster parents and adoptive families and return the children to the community within four years. The babies are found abandoned and range from a few hours to two years of age.

    In 2006 Taryn Knowler, a volunteer nurse from Calgary, donated $300 when she went as a volunteer in January for one month.

    June Raymond also volunteered at Sanyu Babies’ Home in February of 2006 and has since worked on raising funds to purchase a generator for the home – a need identified by Mama Joyce Lulindya.
    In November of 2006 Mary Tidlund visited the home with Gulshan Lodhi and Yusef Mnyusiwalla. The generator was bought for the home, which now has electricity 24/7.

    In December of 2006 Taryn Knowler returned to the Home with Carolyn Lefebvre. Taryn was happy to introduce some of her babies to Carolyn while they volunteered.

  • Partnership for Youth Empowerment
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2006 – 2009
    TYPE OF PROJECT:Health and Education

    Goals & Impact

    Since 2006, Charlie Murphy, co-director of Partnership for Youth Empowerment, has been leading adult training and empowerment programs for youth-in-need in Uganda based on an innovative, holistic model of youth engagement called the Creative Community.

    Highlights & Details

    With Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation support, Charlie traveled to Kampala in January to work with a group of young Uganda facilitators-in-training, helping them become trainers of trainers in the large youth-serving organizations they represent. They worked with Charlie in delivering training and youth programs for several youth-serving organizations. Together they served nearly 150 youth and provided training for more than 70 adults who work with youth.

    They delivered programs for Makerere Walter Reed Project, which serves youth living with HIV and AIDs and works on prevention, the In Movement program which serves orphans, and the Beadforlife Vocational Education Training Program (VET), which helps young people from impoverished families get into the job market.

    The Pediatric and Infectious Disease Clinic (PIDC) in Kampala wanted a follow-up staff training and weeklong camp for teens in their HIV/AIDS support group in September. Charlie and his team returned to Uganda in the fall to build on what had been accomplished, serving more youth and spreading best practices through the collaborating organizations and beyond.

  • Playgrounds in 2013 - SSUBI Foundation
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: Summer 2013
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and the Alleviation of Poverty
    Partnering with the SSUBI and Emmanuel Foundations in August of 2015, two new playgrounds were built in Northern Uganda.

    Goals & Impact

    In the summer of 2013, we travelled to the Northern Uganda Gulu district to assemble two playgrounds at two schools with Canadian and Ugandan volunteers. We worked with the SSUBI Foundation and the Emmanuel Foundation. The Canadian volunteers consisted of the Vermeulen family – Ron, Pam, Sam, and Molly. Lyle Johnson joined the team on behalf of The Emmanuel Foundation.

    Highlights & Details

    The playgrounds are 30 minutes apart from each other and over 200 hundred families will benefit from the playgrounds. The Lela Obaro Primary School has a population of 1,150 students attending from Grades 1-7 with 21 teachers. Lela Obaro Primary was a displaced school during the insurgency, returning to its school land only 4 years ago. Palenga Primary has a population of 1,250 students and 26 teachers. Teacher accommodation has been built on site and our partners continue to work with the new head teacher, Madam Odita, on programs to help the school achieve higher grades. One of the bigger projects in 2012 was to work on establishing a sustainable food program for the students. Food for the students will be a major undertaking as Lela Obaro supports over 1,000 students. The previous year they established a school farm to provide teachers with lunch and tea.
    The SSUBI Foundation
    Emmanuel Foundation