KIDS CANADA -Our Kids Mean Business

EDUCATE. INFORM. EMPOWER.  Kids Canada connects schools and organizations to help break through the glass walls of cultural stereotypes, gender and racial discrimination, dependency and entitlement -crossing all cultural and economic borders for fun.

Kids Canada strongly believes that our kids can make a difference in the world they live in.  Travel is the best way to learn first hand about different countries, its beautiful people and its vibrant traditions.  Unfortunately, travel is not an option for many of the kids we work with and mixed in with the positive stories they learn about their friends in other parts of the world, they also absorb negative cultural stereotypes perpetuated by the dark colonial years and the media.

Ignorance often breeds hate, fear and intolerance, leaving our kids with distorted views and unanswered questions about each other.  We feel education, information and empowerment can make a difference to the lives of our kids and how they view others, and most importantly, how they view themselves.

We connect kids across borders and continents helping to build relationships through music, dance, photography, video, information technology and joint projects that encourage collaboration and open dialogue. Our kids learn quickly that, regardless of colour, tribe, gender and religion, they are second to no one.

JOINT PROJECTS kids helping kids

WATER PROJECT  Our kids in Canada (KC) and in Uganda (UKC) work jointly to raise funds for clean water not only in Uganda but for their friends here in Canada.  Access to clean drinking water is not a “developing world” problem -access to clean drinking water is a Global problem.  With the support from Daniel Ololia of Tiva Uganda and our generous donors, Wissanji Grandchildren, Catharina Goldnau Ceramics, The Quans and others, who help to top up the funds needed, our kids have placed 14 biosand water filtration systems in and around Kampala, Uganda.  

KIDS HELPING KIDS  Our kids in Uganda Kids Canada, First Nations Junior and Senior School of Toronto, Dundas Jr Public School and Queen Alexandra Middle School have been working with their friends at St Andrew’s Elementary School in Kashechewan First Nation to raise funds for biosand water filtration systems to support their friends here in Canada.

This joint water project was initially for the Kash community, however, Judy Stephan, principal of St Andrew’s told us that her kids want to give back to a neighbouring FN community who has not been as fortunate as they have been in getting support. Chris Hill, and his grade 5 class at St Andrew’s, gave us the heads up that our project will be put on hold as they face annual risks of flooding when the Albany River thaws each Spring.  Sadly, although our winter was mild this year, there has been news that evacuation has already begun starting with the elderly and the young.

“This is the fourth straight year that Kashechewan, a community of nearly 2,000 on the shore of the Albany River, has had to move people because of flooding risks. More than 1,500 people were flown out of the community last spring alone…. Kashechewan Chief Derek Stephen has called on Ottawa to help find a permanent solution to the annual flooding.” -CBC…/kashechewan-to-start-evacuation-early-a…

Could not do all that we do without you here in Toronto  – Maria Arone, Celeste Mayers, Cathy Gallo, Melissa Hardill, Loreen Gale, Lisa Lucas, Rachelle Landry, Tony Cassano, Emma Nichols, Rose Kady, Sarah Donald, Nancy Griffith, Kaitlaind Thompson and Lisa Skeete.  Thanks for all that you do for the kids in our community and across continents!

HEALTH and NUTRITION Heartfelt thanks to Emma Nichols, Rose Kady, Sarah Donald and Ola Danyliuk of Queen Alexandra Middle School and their students for an awesome bake sale last year that helped to raise funds with their friends in Uganda to purchase 2 wheelbarrows, building supplies, medicinal herbs, Jerry cans (yellow plastic containers to carry and store water), basins (for washing clothes and to collect rain water) and garden tools last year.

GUEST MUD HUT What better way to have our kids in Canada and in Uganda learn about traditional methods of building, and also introduce them to innovative ways to divert plastic waste from garbage dumps and landfill, than to have them work together to build a mud hut in Uganda.

Our UKC kids are helping to keep the streets of Kampala, Bombo and Kirerangalo clear of plastic waste bottles.  Bottle bricks are created by filling the bottles with soil and are used in many areas of the world to build houses and other structures. For our UKC Centre – the bottle bricks produced by our kids will be used to construct a traditional mud hut that will be used to generate income as a Guest Hut for our visitors.

“Imagine Kids everyday collecting bottles then selling them to recycling companies yet their parents struggle to get money to invest in bricks!” -Totem Mc.  Totem is just one of our youth team leaders who is excited to share our ideas with his family and friends in his home village outside of Kampala, Uganda. The production of bricks require the burning of wood – bottle bricks do not and is just one of the ways our kids are reducing their carbon footprint in their world.

Thanks to our kids at Queen Alexandra Middle School, Dundas Jr Public School and The Lemon Jar for helping to raise funds with their friends in Uganda to help cover building materials, food and to help with transportation. Heartfelt thanks to Emma Nichols, Rose Kady, Sarah Donald, Lori Lock, Kaia Quan-Heffron and Nancy Griffith for your support.Thanks Siya Navaratnam, Emily and Vivian for helping to organize the one week freezie fundraiser and Avery, Devon, Mathew, Anthony and Wyatt for helping to sell freezies.

Amazing posters made by Lori Lock and her students at Dundas Public school             Freezies generously donated by: Rose Kady, Sarah Donald and The Lemon Jar.
Samosas generously donated by: Siya and her lovely Mom Thurka Navaratnam.


MICRO BUSINESS INITIATIVES  Thanks to our generous donors, volunteers and mentors -our kids not only work together to provide clean water for their friends -they also prove they can make a difference in their lives through business ventures of their own.


BIOSAND WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS  Thanks to our mentors at Tiva Water Uganda, Daniel and Wilter Ololia, we are able to create jobs for our youth and our UKC Women’s Group through workshops that train our team to market, assemble and to distribute the Tiva Water Filters.  Thanks to Dr. Christopher Mbowa, our kids will be working with the Uganda Olympic Committee to help reduce our carbon footprint by helping to place more Biosand Water filtration systems all over Uganda.

CHAPATI SHOP  Our UKC Arts and Technology Centre now has its own shop that helps to provide jobs for our team.  Chapatis are in the family of flat breads similar to Greek pitas, Indian naans, West Indian rotis and Mexican soft tortillas.

Funds raised through this business venture allows our team to replenish stock and to push our other projects forward.  Thanks to our project managers, Josephine Oyella and Yusuf Byks, for their hard work and ability to take an idea and have it ready to go in record time.



FOOD and MEDICINAL HERB GARDENS With funds raised through our Chapati Shop our team was able to buy seeds for our gardens and a local chicken. Excited to be working with our kids in Uganda and in Canada to help bring traditional food and medicinal herbs back to our community gardens and food onto our tables.

We would like to thank James kalumba, of Fundisha Integrated Association  in Kabalagala, for his generous donation of seedlings and Toronto Seed Library in Canada for their generous support.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT The Lemon Jar  is a small company owned by 14 year old Kaia Quan-Heffron and 12 year old Wyatt Quan-Heffron. They have been supporting UKC and KC since 2011. They donate 10% of all sales to our kids in Canada and in Uganda. Thanks to everyone who supported Kaia and Wyatt this season.

Their Lemon Shea Butter Creams contain Fair Trade organic shea butter from Uganda and your support does not stop there.  Surgit Singh, owner of Guru Nanak Oil Mills(U) Ltd. that supplies us with shea butter, and his family employ 40 direct employees and supports 2000 farmers and their families in a village in Lira, Uganda through community development initiatives.

Thanks to The Lemon Jar and your support, we were able to add more garden tools to UKC’s garden shed  and provide transport to get a few of our amazing volunteers to our Centre for Martial Arts and Yoga workshops. Thanks Gashagaza George Rucyahana – our kids have been asking me to bring you to the centre for a long time.  Thanks Athilai Smail for inviting Carol from Austria to our centre to teach our kids yoga.


WE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY Kids are our weakness. We use photography, video and information technology to support organizations needing a little tech to jump another level to reach their supporters and potential clients via social media. 

Thanks to the generous donations by our supporters over the last 3 years, we were able to donate a few gently used computers, cell phones, cameras  and a sewing machine to organizations like PTMOF, Great Valley Children’s Centre, AFSU and Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy, who needed these items to support their projects. 

Heartfelt thanks to Gary Smyth and Amy Hoidas for collecting laptops, Harry and Claudia Mac of Downtown Camera  for generously donating a camera to Nasawali Phame Emmerton, of Humans of Uganda, to  visually capture the faces behind the important stories he collects and for their ongoing support that helps us help kids through photography and video.  Heartfelt thanks Frank B. Lee of ZPANGO for your generous technical support

Please see some of our work here:

Please contact us to donate new or gently used laptops, notebooks and cell phones to our UKC  Centre.

We kick start micro businesses and community gardens for organizations with little to no land.


Kids Canada supports the directors of organizations by connecting them to professionals and experts in the field to help advise and to oversee projects. We are able to connect and recommend doctors, nurses, nutritionists, architects, engineers, designers, police and lawyers who have worked with us.

Heartfelt thanks to Geofrey Lukwago and Associates, Dr. Chris Mbowa at Events Medical Managers, Dr. Joseph Steyr and Michelle Heighington of Greystones Health in Canada,  Al-Karim Wissanji Architect,  Asiimwe Mohammad, Beaches Natural Foods,  Frank B. Lee of Zpango and Harry and Claudia Mac of Downtown Camera.



CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME”  An English proverb that reminds us to take care of our own family and those close to us before others. This is an important message we want our kids and our communities to move forward with.

The term “charity” conjures up  dependency and handouts and sadly many kids, and adults alike, have been conditioned to wait and/or ask for aid. There are many charities out there to support those individuals . We choose to work with those who look for hand ups, and not handouts, from organizations and foreigners.

Heartfelt thanks to all of our generous donors, supporters and volunteers who help to mentor and push our initiatives forward.  Thanks Fred Kizito for donating 50 kilos of Beans to our UKC kids in Bombo!  Recently, Crusha Bornz of Krump Uganda also showed our kids love with a cash donation that went towards beans for our kids. MCM Evo, one of our UKC mentors,  travels to our centre with his camera and his laptop to share photos and movies with our kids. He often brings friends along to train the children in various fields. Our Co-directors of our Music, Drum and Dance projects, Josephine Oyella and Yusuf Bykumbi, work tirelessly to not only train our kids but also hold the centre together.

Food donations such as beans, sugar, cornmeal (posho) and rice help support our team leaders and our kids during training and the running of programs at the centre. Mama Mukulu and Jaja, our neighbours, often generously share their food with our kids while Esther Mirembe, Geofrey Lukwago, Dr Christopher Mbowa, Ntulume Festus Martin,  Mohammad Assimwe, Racheal Namuyanja, Lawrence Okello, Grace Nakwang, King Riveen, Sophie Tumwesigye, Perez, Lydia, Totem Mc, Seggy and Mugera Spin Godfrey are never too far away.



Heartfelt thanks to all of our donors and our growing number of amazing mentors and supporters.  We can not do all that we do without each and every one of you.  Please let us know how you can help keep our projects and kids moving forward. 🙂

PLEASE NOTE WELL:     UGANDA KIDS CANADA and KIDS CANADA are no longer affiliated with Noah Nuhu Nabeeta of UMDA Uganda Music and Dance Academy, Solome Nanvule Ssembeguya of PTMOF Teen Mothers and the The Nggaali Project

KC and UKC are not accountable for any funds donated to the directors of the above and their affiliates.

“Stolen Money Never Lasts.” -African Proverb

KIDS CANADA is….  Uganda Kids Canada and UKC Women.

KIDS CANADA – Kids Helping Kids.  We are non-denominational and non-political, we are supporters of all human rights and we believe in transparency and accountability -we demand nothing less from those we move with.  Work with us to break through the glass walls of stereotypes, gender and racial discrimination, dependency and entitlement -all that hold us back.  Tell us how we can help each other –Please do not come to us for hand outs.

Donor mistrust, donor fatigue and corruption continue to be our challenges -Staying focused on the amazing children and the women we work with keeps us all moving forward.  Defamation and blackmail are criminal offenses – we refuse to succumb to such threats and will continue to refuse to move with those who chose to eat more than their share at our collective table.

PLEASE NOTE WELL:     UGANDA KIDS CANADA and KIDS CANADA are no longer affiliated with Noah Nuhu Nabeeta of UMDA Uganda Music and Dance Academy, Solome Nanvule Ssembeguya of PTMOF Teen Mothers and the The Nggaali Project

KC and UKC are not accountable for any funds donated to the directors of the above and their affiliates.

“Stolen money never lasts.”  -African Proverb   “True worship is not from your mouth and lips that is singing and mere words but from your heart, your lifestyle.”  -Isiah 29:13

Thank you for your ongoing support. Together we all can.

Maylynn Quan, Director of Kids Canada and Uganda Kids Canada

Esther Mirembe, Associate Director of Uganda Kids Canada     


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KIDS CANADA (Kids Can)  and UGANDA KIDS CANADA (U Kids Can) believe that not one organization can help every kid.  Connecting and supporting other organizations, schools and professionals, ensure no kid is left behind.  Health and Nutrition continue to be important for our kids.  We are EXCITED and PROUD TO BE MOVING WITH AMAZING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. 
We also want to thank our recent donors who have made generous donations and have given their time to help move our projects forward -especially for helping to cover the hidden costs to facilitate events such as our Uganda Kids Canada (U KIDS CAN) Art and Literature Day in May!   It was a fun filled day that brought many artists together.  Thank you Emma Kavuma’s Art, Art of A Child -Uganda, Ecojot and Softt Charlie.
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Every year, on her birthday, 13 year old DEANIE HARDING helps to change the world by researching and picking an organization to promote and to support. Deanie then selflessly requests money in lieu of birthday gifts from friends and family to support a cause she believes in. This year – we were deeply touched that she chose to support KIDS Canada….

THANK YOU DEANIE HARDING for generously donating your Birthday money to help move mountains for your friends in Canada and in Uganda!! Happy 13th!! Heartfelt thanks to mom, Kim Tanner and dad!!! x00x0x0x0x kaia, wyatt, Kids Can and U Kids Can.

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Thank you to Catharina Goldnau Ceramics and AL-Karim Wissangi and the Wissangi Grandkids, Carolyn Gavin of Ecojot, Downtown Camera, Lisa Lucas, Dundas Jr Public School, Michael Williams, Kwoi Gin, Arif Kanani and family, Wanda’s Creative Clay, UKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game, Kwoi Gin, Denise Lo, Aries Cheung & Al-Noor Wissangi, Andrew Ssebulime, Perez Nkwasiibwe, Eva Quan and family and kaia & Wyatt of The Lemon Jar for their generous donations and to each and every one of you who have taken the time to support us, not just monetarily, but through your purchases, special talents and skills, your words of wisdom 24/7 and especially to those who support us virtually through your LIKES and SHARES via social media.
Thank You LISA LUCAS, one of Wyatt’s most favourite teachers at Toronto’s DUNDAS JR PUBLIC SCHOOL, for donating two of your fabulous books – “SIMON” and “PENELOPOP”!

We have added it to our library of books to share with our friends at Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy and other friends at LIT CLUBs run by Sue Tusabe of Art of a Child.

LISA LUCAS has always been surrounded with kids. She has them. She teaches them. She reads to them, and now writes for them. For the last 9 years, she has taught Special Education in inner city schools promoting community partnerships and setting up programs for emerging and intermediate readers. She has also written for Reader’s Digest and freelanced for several newspapers. Lisa has joined forces with her longtime high school friend and illustrator, Laurie Stein, and together they are cooking up a batch of stories.” – Flying Books

We believe in the adage that “it takes a village to raise a child.”  Every child is unique and many organizations cannot support the needs of every child due to limited resources.   Kids Canada (Kids Can) and Uganda Kids Canada (U kids Can), an initiative of Kids Canada, are organizations that believe in hand ups not handouts.  By helping to connect schools and organizations in Uganda and in Canada, no kids are left behind.
Clean water, nutrition and health continue to be important to KIDS CANADA (Kids Can) and UGANDA KIDS CANADA (U Kids Can).  We focus on sharing cultural experiences through arts and technology -but the access to healthy food choices, clean water and medical support are constantly our challenge.  We have jointly raised funds with the children and youth, in both Canada and in Uganda, for clean water and seeds for gardens. Twenty months under our belts and excited to see our vision slowly falling into place with the help of the most amazing people on board.
Last April, thanks to one of our partners, Dr Mbowa, we are now working with the Ugandan Olympic Committee to help reduce our carbon footprint in Uganda by partnering to bring sustainable biosand water filtration systems to the ground.  These last few months have taken us to another level as we strengthen our health initiatives by moving with some amazing health professionals and organizations:   Dr. Christopher Mbowa of Events Medical Managers, Maxensia Nakibuuka of Lungujja Community Health Caring Organisation in Uganda and Dr. Joseph Steyr and Michelle Heighington of Greystones Health in Canada.
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EVENTS MEDICAL MANAGERS  BACKGROUND: The project was inspired and initiated in Nov. 2007 by a group of young enthusiastic and energetic medical practitioners with in the Sports fraternity then, headed by Mr. Christopher Mbowa, a Sports Physician and promoted by the Uganda Olympic Committee Medical commission headed by Dr. Robert Zavuga in. July 2013 The UOC Medical Commission in 2013  licensed the project to operate a Sports therapeutic clinic under its patronage and which then opened its doors to the public for free consultations and subscription.
Events Medical Managers was named as a genesis of its service provision of modern out door events medical coverage in the growing world.
The project operates within the UOC offices under the Sports Medical Commission desk, Plot 2-10 Hesketh Bell Road Lugogo Sports Complex. P.o. Box 2610, Kampala.VISION
Total commitment to optimum and integrated realisation of athletes’ welfare, best injury free performance and environment and better productive Potentials.
To provide an effective and efficient outdoor medical service settings for the development of Sports medicine with intellectual dynamic and flexible individuals, principled and resource professionals and practitioners in the field of sports and events medical management.
1. Identifying, diagnosing and treating sports injuries of all types2. Prescribing exercises to all both injured and non injured to suite the therapeutic modalities of the type of injury to the athlete in question3. Teaching and educating medical practitioner on the latest injury manipulation techniques and management procedures as well as injury prevention modules as the basis of our services4. Identifying weight training programmes of individuals in respect to their age, sex and ability5. Medical coverage, ambulance and evacuation services on sports events and other events/ceremonies both indoor and outdoor as required6. Anti-doping exercises on events and private individuals in collaboration with Regional Anti-doping Association (RADA)For More information, contact.
Christopher E. Mbowa (Mr)
Sports Physician
Project coordinator
+256.701.628.253”When people are seated, stand up.
When they stand up, stand out.
When they stand out, get outstanding.
And when they get outstanding, set the standards.” Christopher E. Mbowa, Uganda
Specialists  in healthcare,  counseling and guidance.   +256 414 599 005/ +256 712 813 593

MAXENSIA NAKIBUUKA, Founder/ Chief Executive officer of (LUCOHECO).I founded this organization on 25th May. 2005 after testing and was found HIV positive in August, 1998, and thereafter the death of my husband in December, 1999. I am now survived with four children and 4 other beneficiaries of brothers and sisters who also died in the AIDS scourge over ten years ago.

It is upon this background that I developed an idea of settling up an initiative that would provide awareness, primary health care, treatment, care and support to the communities in the home settings of Lubaga Division more especially to people infected with or affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the orphans and vulnerable children as well as women, by providing psychosocial, spiritual and economic support to the terminally ill patients and their affected families.

Since the initiation of the above project we have worked with the Community Health workers of LUCOHECO, the community based structures and individuals such as the local and religious leaders, to educate the masses on care and providing support to the affected families towards the mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS scourge. The organization has a number of 56 Community Health Workers (CHWs) and 20 Community Based Volunteers (CBVs). The total number of patients who have accessed treatment from the centre is over 30,000 general patients since 2005. Of whom 911 have been registered on ARVs by Kamwokya Christian Caring Community, Mulago Hospital, Mengo Hospital and JCRC after being referred there by LUCOHECO


GREYSTONES HEALTH your path to health and well being in Toronto, Canada.  Greystones Health is a mobile natural healthcare team specializing in corporate health and wellness.

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DR. JOSEPH STEYR  is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-founder of Greystones Health. He has an interest in endocrinology (hormones) and their impact on the development of chronic diseases. Joseph also has a focus on pediatric and family health. He sees his career as a perfect union between his two passions: alternative medicine and the environment. He brings a blend of conventional medical sciences and traditional health philosophies into his practice, which allows him to see a person’s health from multiple points of view.

About Dr. Joseph Steyr

Joseph earned his first degree in Environmental Sciences at York University, with focus on plant ecology and waterway systems.   While completing an undergraduate degree, Joseph learned to search for the common thread that binds living things, and the root causes of health concerns and diseases. When he finished his first degree, Joseph knew he was committed to health and the environment.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Joseph lived in Taiwan for several years before pursuing his naturopathic training, and had the opportunity to immerse himself in a culture with an alternative approach to health. The experience taught him how to pursue healing from a less conventional perspective.

When Joseph returned to Canada he accepted an apprenticeship working at an organic farm in Ontario. He decided that he wanted to learn about alternative medicine and organic food from the ground up. He spent a whole season on an organic farm where he was involved with growing fresh, crisp produce. In this natural environment, Joseph thought about what it meant to eat locally grown, organic food and the impact that it has on one’s health.

Realizing that he needed more answers to the idea of root causes of illness and disease, Joseph enrolled at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (“CCNM”). After four years at school completing his second degree, Joseph became a naturopathic doctor.

Joseph Steyr and Kids Canada

Joseph is excited for the opportunity to work with Kids Canada so that he can utilize all of his areas of passion: naturopathic medicine, organic farming and environmental science. He firmly believes that the health of the soil and ecological environment are intimately connected to people’s health, and to achieve good health one must start from the ground up. This means access to clean water and sustainable nutritious locally grown food.

Joseph not only wishes to share his knowledge, but to work with local communities to learn and exchange ideas of sustainable ecology.

Michelle Heighington  B.A., RNCP ROHP is a registered nutritionist and co-founder of Greystones Health. She has over eight years of specialized experience helping clients take a holistic approach to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.

About Michelle Heighington  

A graduate of the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition and the University of Toronto’s medical anthropology specialist program, Michelle has counselled clients with a wide variety of medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, food allergies, women’s health issues, and digestive tract disorders.

Michelle is passionate about how views of health and nutrition differ across cultures. Her studies in medical anthropology took her to a hospital in northern Namibia, where she studied the geopolitical obstacles local residents faced when accessing nutritious food. During her internship, she had the chance to study how access to food impacted HIV transmission and patient outcomes.

Michelle Heighington and Kids Canada

Ever since Michelle came home from Namibia, she’s longed to go back and work alongside the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others find their path to health. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with Kids Canada and share her nutrition knowledge, as well as learn about unique dietary customs from local communities. Michelle has witnessed firsthand the impact that accessible nutritious food can have on one’s health. She is eager to work with Dr. Steyr and Kids Canada to build locally sustainable food networks that support the health of the community.

Thank you Dr. Christopher Mbowa,  of Events Medical Managers,  for inviting KIDS CANADA to speak at The UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE’S SPORT and ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION conference in April.  We were excited to share our clean water initiatives and excited to partner with the UOC.   Together we can all help to reduce our carbon footprint in the world we share through our Water and Garden Projects by reducing the use of plastic water bottles, and the use of coal and wood used to purify water through boiling.  Help us to bring clean water, nutritious food and traditional medicinal herbs to the table for vulnerable kids in both Canada and in Uganda so that our kids and youth can continue to focus on their life passions.

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Hand Ups NOT Hand outs  -Tell us How we can Help each other.    Reduce Reuse Recycle (3Rs)  gardening project -just one of our many sustainable projects.  Thanks John Richard Pendergast!

Every child is unique and many organizations cannot support the needs of every child due to limited resources. Kids Canada (Kids Can) and Uganda Kids Canada (U kids Can), an initiative of Kids Canada, are organizations that believe in hand ups, not handouts, and help to connect schools and organizations in Uganda and in Canada so that no kids are left behind.

We have been working in Uganda for 17 months and have been excited to receive many requests to join hands with many schools and organizations.  Regrettably, at the present time,  we are unable to work with everyone due to limited resources and funding.  Kids Can and U kids Can only partners with those who are able to bring what they can to the collective table so that every child and youth is empowered through collaboration and shared resources.

We are non-denominational and non-political, we are supporters of all human rights and we believe in transparency and accountability -we demand nothing less from those we move with.  Work with us to break through the glass walls of stereotypes, gender and racial discrimination, dependency and entitlement -all that hold us back.  Tell us how we can help each other –Please do not come to us for hand outs.   🙂

Proud to be partnering with amazing schools, organizations, businesses  and professionals in both Uganda and in Canada!   Together we can.







Not enough hours in a day to do all that we want to do here in Uganda but we are having lots of fun connecting with amazing organizations and schools.


WEBALE NYO / THANK YOU Dr. Christopher Mbowa, of Events Medical Managers, for inviting me to speak about Uganda Kids Canada and our sustainable biosand water filtration system project at the annual Uganda Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission Seminar on April 11th 2014.  Thank you to the committee for their warm reception and support.  Uganda Kids Canada and TivaWater, Kampala are  excited to be working with you and Uganda to help reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the use of plastic bottled water and the use of our natural resources, coal and wood, to boil and to purify water.


Thank You / Webale Nyo  UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE  FOR YOUR COMPLIMENTS  handwritten on the back of a certificate of participation I was presented with.  Collected by Dr.Christopher Mbowa (webale!) I apologize for the misspelling of names.  🙂

“I can’t believe the world has good people like you.”   William Frederick Blick, Chairman UOC Sports and Environment.

“Please be our partner.”  Fred Marso, UOC Sports and Environment Committee

“You should be our partner in changing the nation.”   J.B. Barnanka, Sports Tutor,  Makerere University

“Very nice work and please do not stop.”  Migator Martin, Sports and Environment Coach

“Very nice presentation.”   Sempijja Martin, District Sports Officer

Good work. I love it. Can I join you please???”  Betty Akello, Lubiri SS Coach

“So grateful.”  Immaculate Chocha, UOC women and Sports

“Mr. Katende Norman likes all you do.”  New Vision Newspaper and Secretary for UOC Sport and Environment.

“I like all that you do!”   Dr.Daniel Balsikwa, Consultant Environmentalist

“Thanks my nurse.”   Susan Nansereko , Nurse, Events Medical Manager

“Thank you for your facilitation and contribution towards the environment in Uganda.”  Dr.Christopher Mbowa,  UOC Medical Commission




On The Ground and Moving

UGANDA KIDS CANADA   17 months 14 sustainable Water Filtration Systems and 5 vegetable and medicinal herb gardens in Uganda.

Here in Kampala, Uganda for 6 weeks and we can not believe how much ground we have covered in only 3 weeks.  Clean water, nutrition and health continue to be important for all of us.


Thank you Dundas Jr Public School in Toronto!  Heartfelt thanks to Maria Arone, Melissa Hardill, Loreen Gale, Cathy Gallo, Nada Ly, Lisa Lucas, Tony Cassano, teachers, parent council, parents and students for your continued support!  Last year’s Penny Drive had an incredibly positive impact on our group of children in both Canada and in Uganda. Although our pennies have been discontinued – we were so excited to hear that Dundas was holding a Nickle Drive this year from April 7th -April 17th!  Your generous efforts, along with the generous donations from our supporters in Toronto and in Kampala will have us assembling and delivering more sustainable water filtration systems in and around Kampala.  We are also excited to announce that funds will soon be raised jointly with First Nations Public School in Toronto for clean water in one of our First Nations communities  in Canada.

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Thank you again Daniel and Wilter Ololia and Charles Lukyamuzi of TivaWater, Kampala, Catharina Goldnau Ceramics,  Downtown Camera, Greystones Health, Events Medical Managers, Dundas Jr Public School, Ecojot, The Lemon Jar, Downtown Camera, Little Pear Garden, Zpango, Beaches Natural Foods, Melanie Duchateau, Cigdem, Maxensia, Loren Wong and Family, A&E Soap, Nahel Fekadu of Magic Oven,  Elsabet Wuubi, Transmedia9, Michael Williams of Staples,  Karim Wissanji, the Wissanji Grandkids, Winston Quan Hum and Eva Quan and Family for your support from the get go and for your generous donations that are moving us a little faster 🙂

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TivaWater biosand filters have been tested and certified by UNBS (Uganda National Bureau of Standards) and approved by WHO (World Health Organization).

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Here is a simplified explanation of how a biosand water filtration system works:

Kids Canada and Uganda kids Canada (U Kids Can) are the new kids on the block of organizations but in 17 months we are so proud to say that we  have 14 TivaWater  biosand water filtration systems on the ground in and around kampala, Uganda -thanks to the funds raised jointly by kids in Canada and in Uganda.  Heartfelt thanks to our supporters and donors in both Canada and in Uganda who help to top up the water funds when needed.  To the staff, parents and the kids of our organizations and schools -we could not do all that we do without your generous support and spirit! 

Thank you to our Uganda Kids Canada team and many others for your determination and drive on the ground!


1. Kiwafu Orphanage School, Kiwafu, Uganda
2. Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy, Kabalagala, Uganda
3. PTMOF, Nansana, Uganda

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4. Undugu Family Drummers, Kosovo Lubaga, Uganda
5. Great Valley Children’s Centre and primary School, Makindye, Uganda
6. Step Up Uganda, Mukono, Uganda
7. Katosi Primary School, Katosi, Uganda



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8. Uganda Kids Canada (U kids Can) branch in Rukingiri, Uganda
9. Rwenzori Needy Children Education Centre, Kasese, Uganda
10. Gwodeo, Jinja, Uganda
11. Uganda Kids Canada, Kabalagala, Uganda
12. Emma Kuvuma’s Art Centre, Kampala, Uganda
13.  Lungujja Community Health Caring Organisation, Nateete, Uganda
14.   Knene Ishmail,  LC1 Community Leader, Kabalagala




We now have 5 gardens of vegetables and medicinal herbs in organizations and communities with little to no land.  In some rural areas like Rukingiri – land is not a problem and they have generously donated seeds from their harvests to share with their friends in the city!  Thank you Rukingiri and to our donors who helped to kick start our garden projects with funds for seeds and transportation.  Excited to see that these projects have already started to sustain themselves as well as support other garden initiatives for their friends.




Not enough hours in a day to do all that we want to do here in Uganda but we are having lots of fun connecting with amazing organizations and schools.


WEBALE NYO / THANK YOU Dr. Christopher Mbowa, of Events Medical Managers, for inviting me to speak about our sustainable water filtration system project at the annual Uganda Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission Seminar on April 11th 2014.  Thank you to the committee for their warm reception and support.  Uganda Kids Canada is  excited to be working with you and Uganda to help reduce our carbon footprint in Uganda by reducing the use of plastic water bottles and the burning of our natural resources, coal and wood, to boil and purify our water.


Uganda Kids Canada Art and Literature Event in Kampala coming soon in May 2014. Watch our page 🙂

World Read Aloud Day


To raise awareness of the educational challenges that many children face, a non-profit organization called LitWorld has designated the first Wednesday of every March “World Read Aloud Day.”  Washington post

On March 5 -stories were shared across continents with Sosoly Undugu Dance Academy Center for Children and Youth, Art of a Child Foundation-Uganda and Kids Canada.


Thanks for sending us one of your favourite traditional stories KIDS Canada Uganda and for reading “Wings Within” by Frank Hill -illustrated by @aries cheung. (generously donated by Aries Cheung) Thank you Melissa Hardill, of Dundas Jr Public School, for sharing the beautiful African story and a traditional story from our First Nations with our kids here in Canada.