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 2012 Fundraiser update: January 12, 2013

To all our donors, volunteers and our Canadian Ambassadors; CACI is hereby extending our gratitude and thanks for your support and making our launch and fundraiser a success!

Although we finished the year 2012 a little bit short of our financial goal but your support, resources and advise is very much appreciated and for those who never made it but either contributed financially or facilitating the whole process, you are very much appreciated too. We hope that our Canadian Board, Committee and Volunteers to be added to our team will give us a positive boost for our next fundraiser and realizing our project priorities for 2013 and years to come.

A detailed financial update and goals and priorities set for 2013 will be communicated to you asap after filling for TAX RECEIPTS to Canada Revenue Agency by our Umbrella partner Charity – Devxchange.

We can not wait to see what 2013 has in store for us and we will keep you all posted of project developments as we execute our priority goals in this 2013.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

Posted by Noah Mugenyi – CACI Founder

On behalf of CanAfric Community Initiative (CACI), you are invited to our Canadian Launch and Fundraiser on November 03, 2012 at 6:45 – 9 pm at Wycliffe College (Sheraton Hall), University of Toronto, Address: 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H7.

We will be hosting a dessert coffee house and live music
Admission is Free, so please feel free to bring a friend or two, but your donations are welcome.

CanAfric Community Initiative (CACI) is Canadian a registered not-for-profit organization, operating and networking in both Canada and Uganda. We walk alongside and partner with poor villages to alleviate poverty in Luweero district (north-eastern) Uganda. Motivated by HOPE, our mission is to foster a community spirit and assist poor communities in addressing and meeting their basic needs in a sustainable manner!

Our joy and award is achieved everyday when we see unity prevailing in a community “Ubuntu”! encouraging and giving hope to one another as well as loving our neighbours but mostly, respecting “humanity”. I am because we are and because we are, you are!

We would love to see you there, come learn more about CACI!

If you have a chance to send us an email to let us know if you are coming that would be appreciated as well so we can estimate how many people might be attending, but if you forget you are still welcome! You can also rsvp your attendance on our facebook page below.

email | canafric.inc@gmail.com or info@canafriccoummunity.org
web | http://www.canafriccommunity.org/

blog | http://www.facebook.com/pages/CanAfric-Community-Initiative-CACI/335873273096383
twitter | @comm_unityorg

 Uganda | Fieldwork | Trip on July/08/2012 – August/02/2012

What a visit back to home soil, an awesome fieldwork and of course a God-given experience although at some point I got emotional but humbled of witnessing the hand of God at work amidst of all the questions like WHY? HOW? etc…
Greetings from CACI – Uganda operations team as well as the farmers, young and old. They are all grateful for your support, love but most of all the “hope” you give to them everyday.
On behalf of CACI team (Ambassadors for change) here in Canada and in Uganda, we are blessed for the partnerships such as the one with AC bikes that we embarked on as well as all the relationship strengthening I managed to accomplish while in Uganda with a number of local and international NGOs and CBOs.
On behalf of CACI team (Ambassadors for change) here in Canada and in Uganda, we are blessed for the partnerships such as the one with Zambikes that we embarked on as well as all other relationship strengthening I managed to accomplish while in Uganda with a number of local and international NGOs and CBOs.
I can officially confirm that in conjunction with Zambikes, our first bicycle Ambulance was dispatched and handed over to Kyakatula village, a community comprising of about 700 households with 900 people and the second one for another community on the way.
God has done and still doing amazing things in these poor communities as I was energized by a number of achievements achieved by our farmers. Having a meal everyday on the plate is not anything minor for so many families in so many parts of Uganda and Africa in general! Two of our youth pineapple farmers are ranked the best pineapple producers in the entire sub county and one being voted on the district level as the #5 successful farmer.
Among the many great stories and miracles I witnessed in the six villages CACI operates, there were also sad stories such as the one of an 18 year old bleeding to death after delivering her baby as she struggled to get the placenta out but as they rushed her to the nearest hospital 2 hours away from her home on a boda-boda (motorcycle), she lost the battle just minutes away from getting the help she needed.
Another one was about my little cousin that just lived for one day and passed as we visited her in the hospital ward, she cried minutes before her passing and they tried calling the Doctor who was having her evening tea and never showed up; in just a blink of an eye the little girl slowed down in crying and that was it! I almost lost my mind as I questioned this Doctor why she never responded when she was called to attend to this little angel, I knew that if I didn’t slow down with my Canadian way of thinking and looking  at things and reminded myself that I was in Africa, I wasn’t gonna make it or change things right there!
The las one among others was about an eight year old bitten by a dog and died three days after!

What do we get from all this as Canadians and the western community;

a) We should be grateful for the things we take for granted and complain less.

b) Celebrate and share at least a little bit of what we have/get with our neighbours but most of all, live by example as christ calls us by not only loving our neighbours but also our enemies.

As per CACI calendar, our 1st annual fundraiser is scheduled on Saturday November/03rd/2012, details to follow in the near future. Your ideas on how we could make this night a fun one and of course a fruitful night are also welcome. Keep your eyes open for the great shots/video on both our website and blog!

Keep your eyes open for the great shots/video on both our website and blog. Keep the fire burning…..

*Raising Hope in one community at a time!

CanAfric Community Initiative’s seed to journeying alongside poor communities in north-eastern Uganda in Luweero District started back in Dec 2005!

Dec 2005 is when the seed of hope and desire to help a community scrambling in a sea of challenges was planted in the heart of Noah Mugenyi – CACI’s founder. After a number of years of being away, I could not believe what my eyes saw when visited the village I was born; a village that never used to lack food and fruits through out the year had turned into a hopeless and helpless community due to lack of food per household, clean drinking water and all trees had been wiped out for charcoal which led to droughts and less rain seasons in the area, Noah recalls.

The majority left in the village were widows and grandmothers whose husbands had died in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and others lost during the 1981 Luweero triangle war. The sound of the crying orphans hit me so badly, I felt heart-broken and helpless as I had seen with my eyes the grandmothers left to care for the young ones yet had nothing to feed them, I had no immediate answers to the urgent needs but I was hopeful to improve this situation. Through community partnership and village elders mobilization, we all agreed to work as a team and walk alongside each other in the journey for change and transformation. This partnership became CanAfric Community Initiative (CACI).

Our projects and programs started in 2005, with little financial support at hand but with a hopeful heart to give back, Founder – Noah  knew that without unity with in the community and a community spirit, nothing would change so, Noah  started by encouraging members of both villages of Ssenyom o and Namakofu to share the seeds with those having different kind of seeds such as beans, peanuts and corn.

In 2006, Noah started sending some money for buying seeds, pay medical bills and even paid school fees for a number of kids in  village of Ssenyomo and Namakofu. In 2008, Henry Ssenyonyi our Uganda country Director joined CACI as a construction/bricklayer and carpenter volunteer, now our Ugandan team totals up to 10 committed-committeemembers, all working on voluntary basis!

Our method involves working with the members of the most affected communities to:

- Identify needs and priorities

- Recognize existing skill sets and assets

- Generate ideas and formulate solutions

- Provide seeds, tools and training

- Problem solve and provide on-going support and foster self-sufficiency and a community spirit

- Peace building and reconciliation.

We hope by 2015 our first four villages will be able to stand on their own, by 2018 all our six villages will be steady and fit to manage their community programs and be able to train other neighboring communities.

Through a network of friends and volunteers here in Canada, United States of America and in Uganda whom we call “Ambassadors for change”, our church – The Meeting House and home church members in Toronto, and through the support and partnership with other organizations such as DevXchange and foundations, we believe that unity is power that creates long lasting community development and change!

To fulfill our vision, our programs are always tailored to each unique community and it’s priority basic needs.

CACI operates and networks almost entirely through volunteers whom we call “Ambassadors for change” these ordinary men and women do a variety of activities such as fundraising, project coordination, administration and monitoring progress for all our community recovery projects (CRP).

We work where we understand: The founder (Noah Mugenyi) and our Ugandan team are all born in Uganda which enables us connect and communicate well in the language/s everyone understands within the communities we operate, connections with local government, culture, tribal norms, religious differences and  political issues.

We work where we can be most effective: In 2005 85% of Uganda’s population was living on less than a dollar per day, today that number is down to 52%, Uganda is a country experiencing a recovery process and incredible opportunities in Uganda continue to rise.

Our village members can be described as community-centric; success is measured based by the well-being of the entire community and every member believes in working together as one for recovery to take place and escape the clutches of extreme poverty.

We work where we can effectively reach other communities in the future: Among the east-African community, Uganda offers hope to its neighboring countries as an example of what is possible, sharing both courage and support to its sister countries.

We use a structured methodology which applies best practices drawn from both profit and non profit sectors. This allows us to customize projects for the unique needs and priorities of each community that we work with. For the past several years of operations yet with limited support, CACI has seen  lives changed and hope raised.

The projects yet to be done will provide the community with the support in needs to grow steadily and to acquire the means to create lasting results without the need for future aid.

Our methodology and criteria we use in the selecting procedure of the community for a recovery project:

  • Community need or priority
  • Community readiness for recovery project/s
  • Shared community vision
  • Participation commitment as a team
  • Presence of community leadership
  • No conflict of interest

Leading us to below step by step procedures to moving forward with the Community Recovery Project (CRP)

a) Community selection

b) Plan and design

c) Implementation

d) Completion, Evaluation and the Next steps.

Since 2007, farmers in just four villages of Ssenyomo, Namakofu, Bulanzi and Ndagga in Luweero district have planted over 2,000 trees including mango, orange, tangerine, jackfruit, and avocado.

Among other species planted are coffee as a cash crop and pine trees/eucalyptus, which are known for their value in producing income and in many cases used for construction purposes and electricity poles.

Our Vocational and skill training centre aims at developing hands-on skills for youth and men, these skills include:

  • carpentry
  • bicycle maintenance
  • concrete & bricklaying
  • metalwork

b) We welcome volunteers in the health care and public health field. If you are interested in participating in one of our teams, we suggest that you read what we have posted on our website, attend any open meetings that we have about the team, and contact our Secretary Agnes Nansozi or Noah Mugenyi info@canafriccommunity.org about your interest.

“Until they can stand on their own, they are so grateful for any help in our reach that we can give to the people of north-eastern Uganda: CACI recognizes that the solution to food security and many other challenges in the communities we operate is not a two-week mission, it takes both yours and my response for recovery and change to happen”!

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