The Canada Africa Partnership on AIDS (CAP/AIDS Network) works in partnership with Canadian communities and African Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) on the front lines to resist, survive and overcome the HIV&AIDS epidemic.
Since 2003, CAP/AIDS has supported more than fifteen grassroots CBOs, in five African countries, namely, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa.
It’s a registered Canadian Charity with only one staff member working in Canada, Claire Holloway Wadhwani, and a voluntary Board of Directors based in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
Claire was appointed the Executive Director ofÂ CAPAIDS in 2010 and with her brought a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in fundraising and public engagement.Â She has spentÂ time in Africa and India meeting with grassrootsÂ community-based organizations and working to raise their profile and generate resources to support their work. She holds a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. from Queen’s University specializing in International Development andÂ History.
Claire also currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, a network representing more than 40 NGO members across the province.
One of their signature events is their annual Bike-a-Thon.Â A key challenge faced by those working to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic is transportation. Poor roads and the remote location of many communities make it very difficult to travel from one community to another. While it is neither practical nor affordable to provide all HIV/AIDS workers with a motor vehicle, it is possible to provide them with bicycles. As part of their ongoing partnerships with Community-Based Organizations, CAP/AIDS provides bicycles in supoprt of outreach, education and care & support efforts.
I continue to remain inspired by this collaborative organization and the folks behind it. Learn more about their wonderful work and how you can get involved with this hidden nugget atÂ www.capaids.org or on their FacebookÂ page.