HEALCANADA is a grassroots organization that works to positively transform communities in developing African countries and Canada through a holistic approach to Health, Education, community Action and Leadership development.
Based in West Vancouver, BC, HEALCANADA builds on strong, established relationships with people and organizations working on the ground to identify the most pressing needs in the most vulnerable areas. Our aim is to recognize existing strengths of these vulnerable areas using ‘appreciative inquiry’ and then use an integrated project concept of ‘Provision, Prevention and ProAction’ to develop effective strategies that make a sustainable impact and a real and lasting difference.
The right to adequate medical care, gender equality and the basic right of an education form the core of our current projects. These initiatives focus on programs that benefit and create opportunities for women and children. HEALCANADA concentrates its work in the Great Lakes region of eastern Africa.
AMREF is the African Medical & Research Foundation – the world’s leading African health development organization. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, AMREF offers a point of view that is distinct from other health NGOs. Results-driven and evidence-based, AMREF openly shares knowledge and learning to strengthen the work of African Ministries of Health and other NGOs. With over 50 years on the ground in Africa, AMREF knows effective development strategies must be organized and developed with communities as integral participants while integrating NGOs and MOHs in the design and delivery of health care.
Founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors Service, AMREF has since received prestigious accolades including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award for Global Health. A leader in health solutions for mothers and newborns – especially those in remote communities and neglected urban slums – AMREF addresses the critical shortage of health workers at all levels in Africa. We have trained, for example, most of Southern Sudan’s health work force.
Bridges between communities. Bridges between cultures. Bridges between people.
Canada Bridges works to connect Canadian professional volunteers with community, professional and youth leaders to create human to human bridges and build local capacity.
positively AFRICA is a small not-for-profit society based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Incorporated in 2006 with a small volunteer Board, we focus on community assistance and education. In a short time we have grown into a strong and vibrant organization with over forty active volunteers and more than a thousand supporters.
Our mission is to build partnerships that enable those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa to live with hope and dignity.
We are a 100% volunteer organization that exists to serve the needs of children at risk in Uganda. The needs that we address are focussed around health, personal security, education, and poverty.
Uganda has a population of 32 million people with more children than adults. Many children are “at risk” of being abused, abducted, orphaned, or living in severe poverty with little hope for a better future. These are the children that are our focus. We have had first hand experience in seeing the overwhelming need, and have witnessed how a small amount of money can go a long way in making a positive difference to the life of a child.
The projects that we undertake are carried out through Action For Children, a Ugandan non government agency serving the poorest of the poor. They vary from child sponsorship and supporting a school, to establishing reliable transportation for the staff to more easily access the children at risk … and more.
The Malezi AIDS Care Awareness Organization (MACAO) is an NGO based in Arusha, Tanznia that has been providing support to the direct and indirect victims of HIV/AIDS in the rural region of Northern Tanzania called Loliondo since 2004. MACAO provides HIV/AIDS education seminars, trains community members in home-based care-giving, and provides school supplies and tuition fees to HIV/AIDS orphans. A recent initiative is the construction of an orphan care center, which offers pre-primary education, recreation, and food to 75 orphans and vulnerable children in the region.
Based in Accra, Ghana, the Africa Health Research Organization (AHRO) focuses on health issues in Western Africa by promoting community awareness, working with the NGO community, and conducting cutting-edge health research. The AHRO also responds to public health emergencies when needed. Finally, the AHRO Academy builds capacity through training programs related to clinical research, HIV/AIDS treatment, and more.
Compassionate Resource Warehouse, based in Victoria, BC, Canada, collects vital and much-needed supplies and ships them to Third World nations around the globe. Dedicated volunteers provide the personnel to acquire and ship these goods to the world’s neediest.
Reservations Africa’s School Project started as a project to build a school in a small rural area near Kruger National Park in South Africa. The project was a success and the school opened in May of 2002. The support for this school continued and the movement continues to grow. Please visit their website and read the story of their School Project. Donations can be made to support this project or for building their second school.
Over the past four years, ICROSS Canada has sent over five tons of medical supplies to people in developing countries. Much of these supplies would have been thrown away yet have found new life in developing countries. Many supplies were donated by concerned individuals. ICROSS’s goal is to reach the poorest of the poor worldwide, regardless of their race, gender, religion, education level, or disease process.
This task force has been trying to save Zimbabwe’s magnificent wildlife from poachers. As a consequence of the actions by President Robert Mugabe and his government, the infrastructure of the country has fallen apart. Organized poaching operations are killing rare big game including black rhinos. The task force is working hard to save the country’s wild life and uses donations for essentials like fuel.
This orphanage is managed by the Missionaries of Charity (Congregation of Mother Theresa) based in Mburahati in Kinondoni District – Dar es Salaam. They work under the Catholic Church’s Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC). This orphanage started in 1978 and has been taking care of orphans from one day old up to the time they are ready to be self reliant. The congregation also takes care of children with cerebral palsy as well as elderly people who do not have relatives to look after them.
Sr. Joseph Catherine M. C. (In-charge)
P.O. Box 7359 Dar es Salaam
Tel. 255 22 2443645
Mobile: 0745 509530
The Kurasini National Children’s Home was established in Tanzania in 1966 by an NGO and wend under government management in 1968. It takes care of abandoned children, children whose parents are in prison, disabled abandoned children picked from roadsides and orphans. The home is expected to provide all basic needs of these children but the center receives very small budgets from the government. Currently there are 93 children (38 female and 55 male) aged between 2 and 22 years. The home has family reunification programmes; resettlement programmes for the youth; foster care and adoption programmes.
Mrs. Margaret Mkandawile (Chief Coordinator)
Kurasini National Children’s Home
P.O. Box 1949, Dar es Salaam.
Mobile phone: (255) 0713 307014
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Bogatanga, Ghana, the Tesogmetaba Voluntary Youth Organization is an NGO that seeks to draw attention to and address the problems facing communities in Ghana. The organization focuses on providing potable drinking water to those without access and engages with youth groups through specific programs in clinics and schools.
The Yatima Group Trust Fund is a children’s home in Tanzania managed by an NGO since 2001. The home has 116 children (60 female and 56 male) aged between one year and 17 years. Most of the children at the center are orphans who lost their parents from AIDS. They receive basic needs and most of their running costs come from individuals and charities.
Mrs. Winifrida Lubanza
Yatima Group Trust Fund
P.O. Box 70593, Dar es Salaam.
Mobile Phone : (255) 0754 439459
Tumaini was started two years ago by the Presbyterian Community. Tumaini is a church-sponsored home and receives very little support from the Kenyan government (approximately 250,000 Ksh in 2005). Tumaini is home to 142 children; 56 boys and 86 girls. There are 28 boys & 51 girls in secondary; 27 boys and 30 girls in primary school. The home assists with school fees
for an additional 63 needy students living outside of Tumanini.
TUMANINI CHILDRENS HOME
Manager: Reverend Bernard Muindi 0733 428 214
P.C.E.A/ P.O BOX 2990/ Nyeri
Dr. Scott Kellermann, a family physician and specialist in tropical medicine answered the call for assistance for the Batwa that he saw on the Episcopal Medical Missions Foundation website. Scott and his wife, Carol, are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City, California. They are seasoned medical missionaries with experience in Asia, Africa, and Central America. The Kellermanns traveled to Uganda in the fall of 2001 to survey the medical needs and returned to minister full time to the Batwa pygmies in southern Uganda.
Ve’ahavta, The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee is a registered non-profit organization based in Toronto. Over their ten-year history, they have developed the infrastructure and expertise to implement international and local projects that are seen as models to be replicated in other parts of the world. As an organization that is firmly rooted in Jewish faith, history and tradition, they have developed relationships and partnerships between Jewish and non-Jewish communities, including the Cuban and Argentinean Jewish communities, the Somali and First Nations communities in Toronto, with the Lions Club of Guyana, the Salvation Army in Zimbabwe, and others.
Since an initial visit to Uganda in 1998, two families learned the importance of education in countries like Uganda and decided to do something about it. Without the opportunity to attend even a basic level of education, the chance of breaking the cycle of subsistence is minimal. Many children in Uganda dream of the opportunity to attend school. The New Hope Schools Society intends to help the children of Busabaga Village accomplish their dreams and bring a new sense of hope through the building of a new primary school.
Atsikana Pa Ulendo (APU) is a Malawi/Canada organization dedicated to helping young Malawian women achieve self-sufficiency through education. While donations are welcome, interested individuals may also choose to visit their virtual store to buy school supplies for the school or volunteer their time to organize a fundraiser or event.