Beginning through the sheer hard work and determination of one woman, the Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club of Kamengo was initiated in 2006 by Agnes Zabali and supported by her friends in Uganda and Canada.
Since its inception an Ottawa-based Committee has been working in partnership with The Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) and the AZBGC Youth Committee in Kamengo, Uganda to ensure the growth and sustainability of the project.
The Ottawa Committee is responsible for fundraising to ensure that orphan and vulnerable children and youth can go to school and that all children and youth in Kamengo have a safe space to participate in recreational activities, and to access homework help, computers, children’s books, art supplies and local musical instruments. Funds raised go towards school fees and educational materials for 155 children and youth. The AZBGC Youth Committee includes youth who are elected by all the youth in our project.
The AZBGC programs are designed to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive space where every child, youth and adult is respected and valued. 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 the center of everything we do. Senior students are responsible for looking after the AZBGC – cleaning the building, the common area and tending the gardens. It is through working and playing together, particularly playing basketball, that the children and youth in the AZBGC program learn respect for themselves and others, fair play, the value of collaboration and an ethic of care. We support basic health, education, field trips & recreational activities to empower the youth to develop healthy lifestyles, a lifelong passion for learning, leadership skills and a sense of social responsibility.
To help children living in poverty remain in school and have the opportunity to reach their true and full potential. Through providing access to education, we prevent children from prematurely leaving school and, in the case of girls, reduce the chance of early pregnancy. The underlying goal of the AZBGC project is to support education, health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and youth of Kamengo so that they can be part of developing long-term solutions for their community.
I hope I can continue with my secondary studies so I can reach my goal of becoming an accountant.
I'm proud to share my culture through my dancing
I hope that my curiosity and hard work will help her fulfill my dream of becoming a journalist.
I want to continue to study and develop my abilities in music and dance so one day I can be a musician and share my love of music and culture with others.
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Spending time each year with the AZBGC children & youth enables me to stay grounded in my life and my work.
To experience the drive, passion and dedication of the AZBGC youth is to be uplifted.
The children and youth taught us far more than we could teach them. The unconditional love and gratitude they displayed was heartwarming and humbling.