Monday, 21 October 2013

Mr. Cluny!

Up With Hope would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of our comrad Mr. Cluny Mackenzie over the past few years in Zambia. Cluny is the Director at Shitima School which houses and educates disadvantaged kids from Kabwe. His dedication and spirit towards helping these kids has had a unquantifiable impact in the area. Sports are such an important part of childhood and learning to work together so this image of Cluny on their new soccer pitch is very inspiring. Great work guys!

Here's a video we made in 2012 about the school and organization to learn more :)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Success in the east :)

Eastvan to Eastlands. These communities are connected in ways that I'm still trying to understand. Their similarities are endless but the differences are humongous. In any city, there is always that neighbourhood where you see the unexpected like a pocket bike towing another pocket bike along a busy road. Or an old man running around in 1970's neon athletic wear, yelling at the top of his lungs about technology. Both communities are bound by countless minorities and cultures which transform it into the most colourful and vibrant part of the city. Except in Eastlands, 70% of the population is 24 and under. And 60% of them have little job security or no job at all. 

So for the past 6 years (what seems like forever) UWH has been using the generous residents of East Van as social leverage to demonstrate what we are able to accomplish when we come together as a community. If you want examples, scroll down the pages of this blog we have been writing for 5 years. 

Saturday October 12 was no exception. People came out in big numbers and donated generously as usual so UWH can continue working with young leaders working to improve the lives of everyone in their community. 

Art work was sold by Nathaniel Cy Canuel (myself) and the drinks flowed. Here are some pics from the night. Stay tuned to see for some great projects in 2014 !! Huge thanks to everyone who helped and came out!! 

Saturday, 12 October 2013


Art for sale tonite to raise funds for Up With Hope.
If you can make it thats great. If not the pics will be up after :) Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Youth and social responsibility

UWH was invited to Moscrop High School last week to engage the senior students in the social justice program. There was minimal time talking about UWH history and projects because the students were very receptive so the class became a group discussion which is always more interesting than one person talking. It was obvious that the students had a keen sense of community and social responsibility so through discussion we talked about what are the elements that create a "community" as well as what it means to "give back". The students had a lot to contribute and it's always good to get the perspective of the younger generation.

Thanks a lot Moscrop! Also thanks to Daniel Tetrault for organizing this for a second year in a row and for keeping our youth informed and opinionated!