Joe (Muzungu Jo) Granata (in support of the Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamengo Project)

Uganda

Oliotia!

Hi my name is Joe (muzungu Jo) Granata.

In 2011 & 2013 I traveled to Kamengo, Uganda to participate in a medical mission with CACHA.  During these two spectacular missions, I have come to know, love, and appreciate the children of the Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamengo. 

7 years ago I came up with the creative fundraising idea called “Hair We Grow Again”.  The idea of this fundraiser is based on the fact that the good Lord has blessed me with great hair and now I know why…to help raise money in support of their education fees.  Thus, I have decided to grow out my long white locks, and the last week before I shave my head, I dye it a wild color! So please stay tuned for that!!

This will be my 8th year running “Hair We Grow Again” and to date, with the support of all my family and friends, have raised $16,000.  I have been privileged to see with my own eyes how they funds have contributed to the betterment of these children’s education.  With that, I have also hand delivered the raised funds to 13 different schools in the Mpegi District where the children of the Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamengo attend.

Because of the great work Jimmy Sebulime has done with the Computer Lab at Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamengo, I have been able to have regular contact with the kids through FaceBook and email, and what a joy it is to hear of their progress.

Thanks to family and friends for past, and of course, ongoing support for these beautiful, brilliant and inspiring youth!

If you would like to contribute towards this great cause, please follow the instructions of how to donate to the right of the screen.  All donations of $20 and above will automatically receive a tax receipt.

Please click on the following youtube link to view pictures of my most recent journey to Kamengo, Uganda.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWu0QVpTnr4

730 $ soulevées

À propos

The initiative behind the Ottawa-based Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club was started in 2006. Since then the Ottawa Committee has been working in partnership with a community-based organization called ‘Care for Your Life’ (CFYL) inKamengo,Uganda. Our mutual goal is to create a healthy community by providing children and youth with what they need for optimal development.

Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club and CFYL programs are design to provide a safe and supportive place, where every child and adult is respected and valued in an environment of inclusion and acceptance. Our Canadian and local volunteers model hard work, honesty, fair play, positive attitude, cooperation and respect for self and others. We believe that all young people can grow into responsible, contributing and self-reliant members of a community. Children and youth are at the centre of everything we do. By supporting basic health, education and through field trips and recreational activities, we encourage and empower them to develop healthy lifestyles, a life-long passion for learning, leadership and life skills and a sense of social responsibility.

Location: Kamengo, Mpigi district, Uganda

Partners:  Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamengo Committee; Care for Your Life, Ugandan CBO; Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau Director

Beneficiaries: 150 children receiving scholarships; 5,000 people accessing water; 80 youth using computer center and library; 3,500 patients per mission

Objectives: Strengthen the capacity of orphans and vulnerable children to manage the challenges they face and to improve their economic status. Increase access to health care services of communities in Kamengo.

The project has to date established a physical building facility in Kamengo which serves as a meeting place and focal point for activities within the local community. These range from education programs and community discussions to social events and medical missions. The committee has also helped to put in place other valuable resources such as a solar-powered well and pumping system to ensure a local supply of drinking water, microfinance projects such as chicken and pig-rearing, and a library and computer lab with periodic training courses on using computers.

Another major feature of the program has been the establishment of an Education fund connecting needy students with donor sponsors inCanada. Over the last few years this program has encouraged a number of children to remain in the school system, and is now supporting some as they progress on to their secondary education.

Additionally, The Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club (AZBGC) is an affiliated project of the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA). This partnership has allowed us to continue supporting emerging young leaders, promoting academic achievement and innovation, raising awareness about HIV, and promoting collaboration between different sectors of the community including educational institutions, local authorities and faith-based organizations. Key objectives include helping orphans and vulnerable children in Kamengo by providing educational and psychosocial support through an Education Fund program and providing resources and opportunities that will enable those in our program to overcome barriers and enhance their lives.

With your continued support, this project has, can and will continue to create a lasting positive impact on the community, children and youth of Kamengo for years to come.

For more information on this project please contact the Project Manager, Jimmy Sebulime at azbgc2006@gmail.com.