Our Program provides: food for monthly community gatherings (procured from African shops) and a community kitchen; education on importance of maintaining good physical and emotional health and the importance of accessing and maintaining medical care (nurse, dietitian and doctors), accompaniment upon request to appointments (for translation purposes); education on safer sex, harm reduction, nutrition, neonatal and post-natal care, as well as on myths/realities of HIV/AIDS; English literacy programs and tutoring; settlement – related information (information on other community services, schooling, doctors’ offices, banking, etc.); housing support and advocacy; peer support training; and educating community-at-large of the needs of African communities living in British Columbia. Program is located in convenient location in Surrey, where many African communities reside. It helps reduce isolation that many HIV/AIDS diagnosed Afro-Canadians would otherwise feel. Program relies on dedicated volunteers to sustain its activities and many of our participants also will eventually volunteer to help others.
Patience Nyoni is a mother of three: two boys and one girl. She has a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe. She came to Canada in 2007. From 2008, Patience volunteered at Immigrant Service Society helping newcomers integrate into Canadian society. In 2009, she was inspired by the Positive Women’s Network and attended a PLDI course which changed her life. Patience is a member of a group of five that founded Afro-Canadian Positive Network of B.C. She is also the Pacific Regional Director of the Canadian AIDS Society.
Patience has received training as a peer supporter and graduated from the Community Capacity Building at S.F.U. 2012. She is active in the community and has almost 25 certificates. Her skills are public speaking, advocacy, group facilitator, trauma counselling, support coordination, office administration and organizational skills. She also sits on several committees through the lower mainland BC.
Patience spends her spare time gardening, singing, dancing and listening to music. She states, “I love God and without God, I cannot be where I am today.”
Thank you to our funders, who are as passionate about helping vulnerable families as well are. Our funders to date include: