Here at Canadian Aweil Youth Association, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits. We want to help youth and children learn and appreciate their cultural background, customs and traditions. Canadian Aweil Youth Association is dedicated to supporting youth in Kitchener-Waterloo by providing them with educational and developmental opportunities. We strive to create an environment of friendship, unity and belonging where youth can gain strength and power collectively, and as individuals, through creative learning, and networking with other youth groups using sports and culture.
WORKING TOWARDS A BETTER TOMORROW
My name is Luka Atak. I was born in a Southern Sudanese city called Mading Aweil. I lost most of my family during the war. Thankfully, my sister protected me and we escaped to Khartoum, the capital city. She also managed to get me out of the country before one of the many armies tried to enlist me. In the winter of 2005, I was excited to start a new life in Canada, where I could attend school, find a job, buy a house and make new friends at school and in the work place. I always feel grateful for being able to live in such a nice country and community. I wanted to do something to give back. On October, 18, 2014, I initiated a meeting with the aim to set up Aweil Youth Association in Canada. Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Canadian Aweil Youth Association emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. We’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.