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We’re Building Bridges

Building bridges figuratively, that is. We continue to connect kids from here in Canada with our kids in Uganda to help build a world of compassion, kindness and human rights for all. In order to secure our centre in Uganda; we are building a wall.

We are using what is thought to have been a Dutch architectural design that can be found predominantly in the UK and Netherlands but according to Wikipedia serpentine walls were discovered in a recently discovered ancient Egyptian city they believe dates back 3000 years. We were excited when our friend Karim showed us a pink wavy wall in Kampala, Uganda. Commonly called serpentine or wavy walls -the British call it a Crinkle Crankle wall and we’re going to go with that! The cool thing about this design is that the curves reduce the amount of bricks and mortar needed; exactly what a tight budget screams for. To save costs, we continue to make our own bottle-bricks to teach our kids how to divert plastic waste from dumps and landfills and help them preserve Uganda’s traditional method of building by making our own mud bricks.

But, we can use some help. Please donate generously here. For the last 8 years, Kids Canada has been 100% volunteer driven and 100% of our funds raised go towards our initiatives. Your funds for this project will all hit the ground to help local businesses, purchase building supplies (cement, sand, gravel, wood, nails), food (we provide lunch), transport (for supplies) and provide jobs. Your support helps us to secure our centre and provides much needed work opportunities for our kids and their moms. Our moms are often the sole providers for their homes and our kids also work hard to support themselves and their families.

When the world was stopped in its tracks by the Covid 19 pandemic -Master Teresa, of PURELAND QIGONG, reached out to ask us how she could help. She has worked tirelessly to reduce the cost of her workshops and offered free classes by donation to help her students during a time when work stopped for many of us.  Thanks to her and all of her students, many of you reading this now, we have been able to kickstart our UKC Crinkle Crankle Wall project to help secure our centre; a centre that we feel will raise compassionate and kind little humans who will fight for human rights for all. We have no words to express our gratitude; you’ve made our hearts and the hearts of our kids smile. Thank you!

Heartfelt thanks to Pureland QiGong, Catharina Goldnau Ceramics, Aries Cheung Graphic Design, Greystones Health, Back To Balance Pilates, Karim Wissanji, Melanie DuChateau, Rose Kady, Ella Kirk, Helen Quan, The Watsons, Downtown Camera, Uganada Friendship Project, The Sky is My Limit, The CEO Confidant, Oskar-Philip Goldnau-Vogt, The Quans, The Lemon Jar

Most of all THANK YOU to each and of every one of you who has generously reached out with donations, time, advice and skills. We can not do all that we do without you! 💗

Building bridges since 2012

How to Break Down Stereotypes

“No one is born hating another person” – Nelson Mandela

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ” -Nelson Mandela

We are a not-for-profit organization that works with schools and organizations here in Canada and in Uganda, for now, to help build a world of compassion, kindness and human rights for all. Our mission is to help break down the negative gender, cultural and racial stereotypes that hold us all back.

Virtual QiGong workshop at our UKC Centre of Art and Technology with Jacqueline Chan of Pureland QiGong, Toronto, Canada

Through cultural exchanges of art and technology, our kids are given the opportunity to share personal stories and to work on joint projects that encourage collaboration and open dialogue. We educate and empower our kids beyond text books and school walls; crossing all cultural and economic borders for fun. Not just a charitable organization; we run our centre as a business and chip away the negative effects of colonialism at a psychological level. 

Youth Art Movement Uganda is just one of our amazing partners that not only works with us but generously supports and mentors our kids.
BOTTLE BRICK HUT our kids worked together to divert 8000 plastic water bottles from landfills and dumps in Uganda.

Uganda kids Canada is a Kids Canada initiative. Our UKC Centre of Art and Technology is based in kirerangalo, a village just 3k away from Bombo Town and 37km North of Kampala, Uganda.

As an educational centre in Uganda that attracts students and professionals alike we are quickly becoming known as a centre of innovation.

Kids are often seen as vulnerable and dependent but we see them as they are; they inspire, play and work hard at everything that is thrown their way.

Thank you Al-Karim Wissanji for your generous support in both mentoring and donations. Our new furniture is beautiful!
Proud to be working with Chief Officer Innocent Mubangizi and Officer NakaLisa to provide a safe space for our kids.
Proud to be working with Officer Farzad Ghotbi and Officer Mustafa Popalzai, Toronto Police Service Neighbourhood Watch, who generously donated basketballs to UKC and Lingira Island Foundation in Uganda.

Heartfelt thanks to all of our amazing supporters who generously donate their time and professional skills to keep us moving forward. #MuslimWelfareCanada #CatharinaGoldnauCeramics #TDSB ##TheWissanjis #AriesCheung #RickWong #GreystonesHealth #PurelandQiGong #DowntownCamera #ALTAcopy&Print #Drapes&More #CoolEastMarket #NotJustTourists #TheLemonJar #LingiraIslandFoundation #YouthArtsMovementUganda #QuantumToastMedia #TheQuans and so many more amazing friends and family.

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. Tell us how we can help each other –Please do not come to us for hand outs.🌻

“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

Julius Bakyayita, Managing Director of Uganda Kids Canada     


Meet Maylynn ‘Namusisi’ Quan. Founder and the Director of the organisation ‘Kids Canada’ -kids helping kids, Under which…

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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.

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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.





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.



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FOOD LITERACY Sang Kim teams up with Kids Canada again – this time in Canada!

Sang Kim prepped and cabbed  through one of our biggest Canadian snow storms to take on 50 of our kids here in Canada to teach them about food literacy via a sushi making class early Wednesday morning.  Early mornings are not easy for Sang, a Toronto restauranteur, who hosted an evening book launch the night before at his newest restaurant, Windup Bird Cafe.  The kids were easy on him : )


Toronto is fast paced and filled with fast food and other expensive social conveniences.  Excited that things are changing and moving towards a more organic and a back to basics path here in our city and around the world.  Ok. Truth is – Uganda is way ahead of us when it comes to eating fresh locally grown foods as they have been fortunate that the world of Western fast food has not hit them hard.  I was surprised to see a Boston Pizza and recently heard that KFC had made its way to Kampala to rival Uganda’s Chicken Tonight.  However, in my opinion, nothing beats the fresh roasted street foods of Kabalagala.  Did I mention everyone’s “fast food” favourite?  Chapatis and  Rolex can be found almost everywhere.

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Chapati US $0.30   Rolex US$0.75 (egg omelet rolled up in a chapati with diced tomatoes, cabbage and onions)

Always great to slow down, step back and be reminded  that food and life does not have to be processed for our children.   Last April – Sang teamed up with Kids Canada  to introduce sushi to our young friends in Uganda. With the generous support from Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy and ISP in Africa,  Sang used skype to lead the  sushi making class that connected our kids across continents.  The children in Toronto and Kampala loved it and shared more than a sushi meal together.  Mark Lezon surprised our kids in Toronto with amazing performances by his dance troupe!

Definitely not a one time food experience.  The kids at Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy later made their own African sushi using their local seasoned rice -pilau. Think they will be making that again!   Webale nyo Uncle Katonyonyo 🙂


Check out the following links if you want to read more about our event:

Thank you Sang Kim and Dundas Jr Public School and First Nations Jr and Sr School of Toronto for hosting!

Kids Canada continues to help connect community organizations in both Uganda and in Canada.  Could not do what we do without you here in Toronto  – Sang Kim, Maria Arone, Celeste Mayers, Cathy Gallo, Melissa Hardill, Adam Pulpan, Jonathan Salvatore, Nada Ly, Loreen Gale, Lisa Lucas, Rachelle Landry and Tony Cassano.  Thanks for all that you do for the kids in our community and across continents 🙂


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Last November 2013,  Sang was invited to talk about Food Literacy and Children at TEDxYouth@Toronto.  The children at Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy were excited to watch his talk via live feed in Kampala. Thanks Mark Lezon Mugwanya! Ugandan food

You can watch it here:





Director of Rwenzori Action 4 development in Kasese, Uganda.
George is a musician and also performs and works tirelessly at Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy Center for Children and Youth – an initiative of Kiseminti Needy Children Organisation. We are proud to have George, the founder and director of Rwenzori Action 4 Development, working together with us to help push our projects in Kampala and in Kasese in the new year.

Kids Canada continues to help connect community organizations in both Uganda and in Canada.  Many wonderful connections were made last April.  Through Kids Canada supporters,  Melanie Arnold DuChateau and Kathy Darnell, both from the States,  we met Tony Arsh Kabuye who is the Project Coordinator at  Step Up Uganda.

Kids Canada, Mark Lezon of Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy, PTMOF and Undugu Family Drummers  were invited by Tony Arsh Kabuye to visit St John Bosco School in Katosi (a Step Up Uganda initiative).  The children of St John Bosco spoiled us with their dance performances and the children and leaders of Sosolya gave back through music and dance. Funds from Step Up Uganda, PTMOF and KIDS CANADA supporters provided food and transportation.


Children from both St John Bosco in Uganda and Dundas Junior Public School in Canada jointly raised funds for a Tiva biosand water filtration system, with a little top up of funds from Kids Canada supporters.  The highlight of the day was when local sound artist DJ Ema connected Fathers Heart Mobility Ministry with Step Up Uganda  to help mobilize and enable Brenda -one of their young students who had outgrown her old wheelchair.


Francis and Adrienne Mugwanya are raising the esteem and capability amongst PWDs in Uganda through their organization, Fathers Heart Mobility Ministry (,  since 2006 using free mobility, leadership education and advocacy.  Francis Mugwanya is the Founder and Director at Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry. Their dream: “No one having to crawl to get around anymore.”

Recently we heard from George Balikudembe that Jesca Schaar and Tina Nakato, (German volunteers working with Tony) had great news to share.  Once George saw Brenda last April – he was convinced that Brenda would walk one day.  An accident had left George confined to a wheelchair when he was young. Through surgery, rehabilitation and determination at Afaayo child health and rehabilitation unit  in Uganda –George was on his feet and has been unstoppable in all that he does.  George connected Brenda’s family to the centre that helped him and we have heard that Brenda will be on her feet this year -thanks to a generous American sponsor   : )

Acheru: Afaayo (Luganda for He cares) Child Health Education and Rehabilitation Unit. Based at Kabembe in Uganda, funded by Africare.


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Thank you / webale nyo Balikudembe George of Rwenzori Action for Development for believing that Brenda could be out of her wheelchair and on her feet when you first met her. Your own strength and determination is an inspiration for all who meet you! Please support George as he continues to help others!


<div class=”fb-post” data-href=”; data-width=”466″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><a href=”″>Post</a&gt; by <a href=”″>Step Up Uganda-Katosi projects</a>.</div></div>

“Brenda (14yrs) went for a Rehabilitation Operation at the Children Rehabilitation Unit of ACHERU HOSPITAL earlier this year.
Everybody thought this was a wastage of time and money, never believed she would at least stand with support!!!!!

The HOPES now are that she can even walk on crutches!!!! Her right leg was found still good, and operated. this is what she uses to stand now.

However, The bad news are that Her leg wounds are not healing because the bandages are not yet removed. this needs a shoe (not sure of the clinical name) costs UGx 150,000 so the bandages are removed to let the wounds heal!

Second, she needs clutches as soon as advised!! she was told never to use a #WHEEL CHAIR so to make the body prepared for another operation on her #Back . the crutches may cost $50.

if she gets a shoe and crutches, she will proceed for a second operation on the back………and finally she will use the crutches to walk!!!!!!!!

I would request you #friendsofSUU to help Brenda go through this life-changing experience successfully.

this is what SUU does in the communities, bringing back lost hope to those affected/infected by such situations.

Thank you all who lies in Support to Brenda.”  – STEP UP UGANDA