Guest Speakers – Jimmy Sebulime and Paul Jay
Posted By David Pyett
Jimmy is an Ugandan born Project Manager at U Ottawa that came to Canada in 1990 and founder of AZBGC. Paul Jay is an UK born former semi conductor engineer who owns Gaia Java Coffee Shoppe in Stittsville and has been a supporter of AZBGC since 2008.
AZBGC is located in Kamenga, a rural town outside Kampala and is under the umbrella of the NGO Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CASHA) which was founded by Dr. Don Kilby of U Ottawa to provide basic health care to isolated African villages.
AZBGC’s main focus is to improve the quality of life of the villagers, provide health and financial support, and educational opportunities. AZBGC has funded 6 Medical missions to the area to date as well as Infrastructure missions and Educational missions. Gaia Java focuses on the Educational missions and raises funds through tips, etc raised by the coffee shop which supports educational opportunities (school fees), volunteer teachers at local schools, computer labs and skills training as well as sports and fitness.
AZBGC also encourages income generating projects to help the residents become independent and raise their level of income.
Possible supports could be sponsoring an infrastructure mission, Educational Support, or assistance with an upcoming bicycle container workshop project. There are volunteer opportunities as well including ESL instructors, basic computer skills training and basic agriculture methods.
AZBGC will hold a fundraiser on May 09 to support a CASHA medical mission to Kamenga in April/May 2015.