A – When did the organization begin its aims and objectives?
Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA), is a community based, Canadian non-profit charitable AIDS service organization, serving African communities in the greater Toronto area. In 1993, APAA was established by members of the African community in response to the increased need for services for Africans living with HIV/AIDS.
B – What has been some of its achievements over the years. / Which communities do you serve?
We have achieved a lot since the inception of the organization in 1993. We started with 7 clients, today we have more than350 clients, 650 members and volunteers, we have reached out to many partner agencies, increased our network across Canada and elsewhere such as overseas. We deliver HIV/AIDS education and support in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to African people.
– Fanta Ongoiba, Executive Director
C – What are some of the Challenges that your organizations do face?
Despite our successes, we also, as an agency, increasingly face funding challenges that affect our pro grams and limit implementation of new and existing programs. Addressing these challenges will be a priority for the coming year as well. As you all know, we are a resilient organization and we strongly believe in our vision, Mission and mandate. We work hard to stretch our resources to ensure that we continue to serve our clients and community as we have always done. Now, more than ever, we will continue to count on the support of existing and prospective funding partners, donors and volunteers.
As we grow, we believe APAA will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of our African community and together, build a welcoming environment for those looking to us for support.
D – What are the future goals?
To provide quality and cultural appropriate HIV/AIDS programs and services to meet the needs of our growing communities.
To ensure unity, collaboration and meaningful relationships with our stakeholders.
To embrace and foster diversity, trust, communication and accountability with all our human resources and volunteer initiatives.
To strengthen our financial future and expand our funding options in an effective manner.
E – How has the Issue of Systemic Racism negatively impacted the Organization?
Systemic racism has negatively impacted us as an Agency. Most of our programs are stagnant due to small funding initiatives. It’s difficult to reach our target populations with small amount of funding we get.
F – Are there any individuals who you will like to acknowledge for their roles in supporting the Organization over the Years. (i.e. Volunteers)?
We would like to honour our tireless Patrick Soje who is one of the co-founder of the organization who never stops supporting the organization as a volunteer, he is always there to make sure that everything is going smoothly, even in the challenging time of COVl-19.
For more information, please visit our website www.apaa.ca or give us a call (416) 924-5256