FOOD LITERACY  Sang Kim teams up with Kids Canada again

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!


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“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

KIDS CANADA On the grounds of Kampala, Uganda again!

On the grounds of Kampala, Uganda once again, and had the chance to catch our friends of Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy and Undugu Family Drummers performing with Grace Nakimera -one of Ugandan’s top musicians.

Thanks to our generous donors at Flashframe Digital in Toronto – we were able to kick start our garden projects to grow not only food but traditional herbal plants as well.

REUSE REDUCE RECYCLE.  Thank you for your 3Rs gardening ideas John Richard Pendergast.
There are now gardens in Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy Centre, Great Valley primary
school  and Children’s Centre and PTMOF Teen Mothers’ where there is little to no land for

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Uganda KIds Canada (U Kids Can) is looking forward to working with Toy In and Toronto
Seed Library through The Permaculture Project in GTA. Thanks Toy In for supporting our
garden projects here in Toronto and in Uganda.

DUNDAS JUNIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL and KIDS CANADA onto our second school year together.

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Here’s to another amazing year with you!

Thank you Maria Arone, Cathy Gallo,  Michelle Hardill, Loreen Gale. Lisa Lucas, Nada Ly and Tony!

We are looking forward to working with you again this school year!
Please take the time to check out the cool site Dundas has up!!


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Thank you / Webale Nyo Uganda Kids Canada for giving back to your friends at Dundas Jr Public School in Canada!   Your beautiful handmade paper bead jewelry helps support art programs in the school.

Nema Children’s Choir Uganda in Canada!

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Our friends from Uganda were here in Toronto in June 2013, with P. Daniel Mutibwa, to raise funds for their School and Home!  We were so happy to play host for one of their days.

Kids day out with Kids Canada, PTMOF, Art to Heart and The Nema Children’s Choir Uganda took us to Toronto Centre Island where the kids were treated to a full day of rides at the Centreville Amusement Park – thanks to our Kids Canada donors.  After a long fun day,  we prepared a wonderful dinner together -thanks to the generous gift card donations from Peter’s No Frills (Landsdowne) and our generous sponsors.  We were then treated to a beautiful performance of drums, dance and singing after dinner.  Kaia Quan-Heffron helped her friends make marshmallow squares and helped her friends to kick start a micro business making her signature flower rings from her company, The Lemon Jar.


Miriam Kutesa for helping with transportation to get the children to and from Centre Island!

Denise Lo, Art to Heart, for treating us all to Pizza and for all of your help!

Toronto Centre Island,  Pizza Pizza, Cigdem Coskun, Diana Tso, Kaia and Wyatt Quan-Heffron for your support!


KIDS Canada and PTMOF Teen Mothers  are hosting an event to bring a taste of Uganda to Toronto. Sample the popular street foods and home cooked comfort foods of Uganda -thanks to the generous support of our friends in and out of the Ugandan community. KIDS Canada and PTMOF Teen Mothers are teaming up to help raise funds for the vulnerable children and youth in Uganda.  PTMOF works with the growing number of children raising children in Uganda.  KIDS CANADA is all  about kids helping kids through the arts, technology and sustainable health projects.  Together we hope to support our kids and youth in both of our organizations but we need your help.   Grab some friends and stop by to taste some amazing dishes and to say hello!  Webale Nyo, Asante Sana, Merci Beaucoup and Thank You everyone for your ongoing support from day one -you have no idea what your support means to both us and those we are so fortunate to work with. x0x Solome Ssembeguya and Maylynn Quan HEARTFELT THANKS / WEBALE NYO to all of our generous donors and chefs who have stepped up to get the ball rolling towards Uganda AND to all those dropping by on Saturday, September 28th!! u-25 U-4 u-2 U-6 u-8U-7 u-12denise&diana




Rev. Zbigniew Kozar,

St. John’s Parish of the Polish National Catholic Church

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Mrs. Nteege

Mrs. and Mr. Jumba

No Frills

Maama Ntege Joan Mando

Mrs. Muganzi

Mrs. Ssekalala Christine

Senga Judith Gordon

Linda Ann michelle & Noah PapaAsante

Mugenyi Ema Popadiki

Miss Sheila Kalenge

DJ Morris Brigitte,

Dave, Alisha and Corina Butler

Chakula Tamu

Christine Piro of Exhibit Africa

Cigdem Coskun and Nathalie

Claudio Gaudio

David Kibuuka

Denise Lo

Diana Babirye Semwogerere

Doreen Dotto of Ukloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game

Eva Quan,

Mary Quan,

Helen Quan,

Steve Quan,

Anthony Quan

Al Quan

Mark Quan

George Quan

Christine Chui

Kaia and Wyatt Quan-Heffron

Fred Zink

Innocent Karuhanga of Linkin Eventz

Lisa Kitagawa, Kate and Jason

Loren, RIck, Ali, Mathew Wong

Mary Derouard

Nofisa, Rashidah and Rahima Nortay

Petal Moore

Petra Jory

Sang Kim

Kwoi Gin

R. Isaac Mukasa and Charlotte Mukasa

Emma Donnaly

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St Timothy Anglican Church of Scarborough

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Sang Kim is an award-winning fiction writer, playwright, chef and restaurateur. He is the recipient of the Gloria Vanderbilt Prize for Short Fiction. His upcoming third book, WOODY ALLEN ATE MY KIMCHI, takes a candid and humorous look behind-the-scenes at some of the top restaurants and hotels in Ontario. He is the owner of the popular Yakitori Bar, Seoul Food Co. and Windup Bird Café restaurants in downtown Toronto. He also runs Sushi Making For The Soul, a weekly sushi-making class, where he merges his passions for Japanese cuisine, sustainable seafood, and food literacy for children. In 2014, he will be conducting the world’s largest sushi making class which will connect thousands of children from all seven continents via the internet to raise awareness about the need for food literacy programs in the public school system. He is currently planning an urban garden on his Windup Bird Café property for the children of the community.

Thanks Sang Kim -for supporting KIDS Canada  on this stretch of our journey. Kampala/Toronto sushi event last April was a success and we look forward to hearing all about it on your Ted’s Talk in Toronto this November!

All eyes on you SANG on November 16th, 2013 at Toronto’s TED Talks!!


STREET FOOD research with PTMOF and Sora Olah in Toronto -on a mission to exchange street food ideas with Kampala!

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AgakAgakHawk!  A Chop Suzies Colllective event to help bring new street foods to Toronto.

The city of Toronto, sadly, supports only Hot Dog vendors -definitely does not reflect the multicultural diversity of our city.

Certainly missing a few of Kampala’s favourites!!

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Rolex  (fried egg, fresh sliced tomatoes and onions rolled in a chipati) and fresh roasted chicken  vendors can be found everywhere in Kabalagala, Uganda

Kids Canada Photography and Water Project

Kids Canada Photography and Water Project

October 2012    Kiwafu Orphanage School  Kiwafu,  Mukono District

Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy brought in generators and instruments to make this day one
day we will never forget!  Webale nyo Mark Lezon for always making things move at incredible
speeds and to heights we never think are possible!  Thanks to PTMOF, The Nggaali Project
Undugu Family Drummers and Great Valley Children’s Center for helping to make this the day
what it was as we watched our children giving back.  An empowering day for all.
Thanks again to Kids Canada supporters, especially Loren Wong and family and neighbours for
helping us to raise enough funds through a cupcake and hot chocolate stand initiative to help
purchase 2 Tiva biosand water filtration systems. The children of Kiwafu Orphanage school
and  Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy are enjoying clean filtered water.
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KIDS CANADA -Connecting Schools and Organizations


Joining hands on the ground  APRIL 2013

Kids Canada helps to connect schools and organizations on the ground.  We all believe in sharing our ideas and resources to empower our children and youth. 

Lusagala Bosco from Great Valley Children’s Centre planning and sharing ideas with the staff of Samlange Nursery and Daycare – a PTMOF Teen Mothers’ initiative to support the children that are no longer babies : )

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