Uganda

Mothering Uganda's Generation Of Orphaned Grandchildren

Natalie Karneef | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Imagine a life where a saucepan is your most treasured resource. Where having access to a single a garden hoe can make a world of difference to your family's livelihood. Where that family consists of several orphaned grandchildren, many of whom are HIV positive. And you, an elderly grandmother, are their only hope for survival.

From Farm To School Table, Feeding Disadvantaged Children In Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Fifteen years ago, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a native Ugandan, was living the American dream -- until his brother, and then his sister, died of HIV/AIDS. Coming face to face with the scale of Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic, Kaguri took the $5000 he had saved for a down payment on his own home and built Nyaka Primary School.

Why We Volunteer (And How You Can Too)

Natalie Karneef | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

It's not surprising that young people are Canada's most active volunteers, representing about 66 per cent of those who give their time for a cause. Time is, after all, on their side. But our country's volunteering numbers might surprise you. In 2013, 4 out of 10 Canadians volunteered, putting in 1,957,000,000 total hours. This week, National Volunteer Week, we celebrate them, while also asking: How do they do it?

Why Uganda's Election Is An LGBT Rights Issue

Jess Tomlin | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Jess Tomlin

If you were in Uganda today, you wouldn't see an "out" LGBT person on the streets. You might not see an LGBT person at the polls. Why? Because LGBT folks have gone underground. They are afraid for their lives, even more than usual.

Empowering Ugandan Teens To Make Informed Sexual Health Choices

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

In Uganda, 24 per cent of female teenagers are either pregnant or have already given birth. Which, for Ugandan girls, almost always means becoming part of the the same cycle of poverty that trapped their own parents, and their grandparents, and so on.

Hopes For The Future Of Black History Month

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada
Natalie Karneef

Meet Marie Jeanne and Martha. Marie Jeanne and her six siblings were raised by their single mother. Martha comes from a family of five. It was only t...

What Happened to the Canada That Saved My Family From a Brutal Dictator?

Jalal Jaffer | Posted 09.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jalal Jaffer

Our success story is not very different from the stories of most of the other Ugandan Asians that arrived in Canada. The collective success of Ugandan Asians is in fact as much a success of Canada and Canadians, in doing everything that was necessary in an expedited way, to meet the needs of time, with an open heart, with compassion and with humanity.

When I Was 3, the Same Age as Alan Kurdi, I Became a Refugee

Tasneem Jamal | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Tasneem Jamal

My family did not face the choices Alan Kurdi's family faced. My story had a different ending, a happy ending. It did because the government of Canada responded to a humanitarian crisis by putting human beings -- and their need for shelter and safety and comfort -- above everything else.

A Clearing in Canada: Ottawa's New Standards for Sustainability

Joseph Kirschke | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Kirschke

For Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Ltd., the timing could hardly have been worse: Just as Canada issued its latest corporate social responsibility (...

The Ugandan Radio Show That Saves Lives

Adam Bemma | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

In the Luo language, John Lacambel says, "Hello! This is Lacambel here at 102 Mega FM. It is Thursday and the time is now 10 p.m. This is Come Back Home." During the height of the 20-year-long brutal war with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Lacambel was broadcasting Come Back Home up to three times a week to counter LRA propaganda. During the height of the 20-year-long brutal war with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Lacambel was broadcasting Come Back Home up to three times a week to counter LRA propaganda.

What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

I spent May and June of 2014 in rural Uganda, volunteering as a blogger, videographer and teacher with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization...

Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Is a Genocide in the Making

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Human Rights Watch's LGBT Director Graeme Reid has characterized the bill as "an official incitement to commit violence" against those even suspected as being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans-gendered. Amend these adjectives to "Tutsi" and you have a familiar precedent for the spirit of the present campaign, if on a smaller scale.

Co-ops Looking to Help Fill Leadership Void in Post-Conflict Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Co-operatives have long been an effective way for impoverished and struggling communities to come together to lift themselves up and achieve greater prosperity. Today that same co-operative model is being put to use in countries throughout the developing world. Uganda is just one such example.

Co-Operatives Supporting Ugandan Farmers Share the Wealth

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Baina Omugisa means "the lucky ones," but the members of BOMIDO Co-operative Society in the Masindi district of Western Uganda are making their own luck by working hard and sharing the knowledge they have gained through IFAPI to grow their farms and increase the amount they earn from their produce.

Co-operatives Are Changing Lives in Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Have you ever watched a TV commercial for international aid and wondered how people's donations work in developing countries? Before I travelled to northern Uganda as part of a team of volunteers with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), I did. But on that trip I met many Ugandans whose lives are being improved with the help of generous Canadians, and my outlook was forever changed.

The Injustice In Uganda That Is Affecting Our Neighbours In Canada

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

This coming Saturday, the Ugandan Canadian community is organizing a public protest to highlight the shortcomings of a new government policy in Uganda. Henry Luyombya and Morris Komakech reflect with me why they believe Canada and Canadians should be alarmed and concerned about what is happening in their native land.

We Still Forget the "T" in "LGBT"

Richard Marceau | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Richard Marceau

At a time when LGBT communities face frightening and growing prejudice from governments overseas, Canada's Bill C-279 serves as a stark moral contrast with the likes of Uganda, Russia, and numerous undemocratic regimes across the Middle East. It is often overlooked that the "T" in LGBT refers to the transgender community, members of which continue to face serious discrimination in some quarters. In supporting C-279 and calling on Parliament to enshrine greater protection for transgender Canadians, I am proud that we continue the legacy today.

To the Jews in Jerusalem: "Get Out or We'll Start Shooting!"

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"We say get out, or you're dead!" "We'll give them two minutes and start shooting!" Elias Hazineh, former President of Palestine House spoke these wo...

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?

Harper Government Sees Outrage (And Approval) After Funding Anti-Gay Group

CP | Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has received scores of letters and emails over government funding being provided to an organization that referred to ho...

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

This Former MuchMusic VJ Is Making an Impact

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

To those of us who immigrated to Canada in the 1990s, Namugenyi "Nam" Kiwanuka was our introduction to Canada. She was a smart and engaging celebrity MuchMusic VJ. As if being a new mother is not occupying much of her time, the Ugandan native has used whatever time she has left fulfilling the promise of her Canadian citizenship by bringing attention to worthy causes all around the world.

Anti-Gay Religious Group Gets Government Cash

CP | Lina Dib and Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for...

The Radio Station Building Peace in Uganda

Mary Warner | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Mary Warner

David Okidi is a journalist in Northern Uganda and was the station manager at Mega FM, a radio station in the northern Ugandan region of Gulu. He recently joined the board of directors of Farm Radio International. Farm Radio International (FRI) helps African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities. I met him for lunch.

Gay Rights in Uganda isn't a Colonial Issue

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

On an official visit to Canada last week, Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of Uganda's parliament, found herself in a bit of a tiff with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. Speaker Kadaga protested Minister Baird's "arrogance" and "promoting homosexuality." She declared, "We are not a colony of Canada." But Canada will not be any better off if Uganda stops threatening its gays. Minister Baird called out Speaker Kadaga because today, in the community of nations, where we all theoretically equal, it is anathema to the concept of human dignity that a state should sanction the persecution of a group of its own citizens for no reason other than who they are. Standing up against that is not colonialism; it's decency.