The Community One Foundation provides grants for projects that enhance the development of the LGBTTIQQ2S communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Over 1,000 important and innovative community projects have been supported through the generous contributions of their donors.  We are humbled to present to you Christopher Nkambwe the 2020 Steinert & Fereirro award winner for the tremendous work among the LGBTIQ+ communities in the greater Toronto area. We are so proud for your efforts and we encourage the public to reach out for any support in regards to the LGBTIQ+ refugees and newcomers issues.

The Steinert & Ferreiro Award – a $10,000 prize that is Canada’s largest single cash award in recognition of LGBTQ+ leadership – was launched in 2005 through a bequest from the estates of Jonathan R. Steinert and Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro.

Using Media as an advocacy tool.

Using media as a tool in raising voices against systematic racism and discrimination among African LGBTIQ refugees living in Canada. Tune in CTV News Canada at 4:00pm EST for an exclusive interview where our Executive Director Christopher Nkambwe also a Women Deliver Alumni will be discussing about the matter.


DESCRIPTION: www.africancentre4refugees.org is the corporate website of the African Centre for Refugees in Ontario-Canada.

The African Centre for Refugees in Ontario-Canada is excited to announce the launch of a newly designed website which will go live on Saturday 27th June 2020. Our website has been crafted to reflect the needs of the user, as a resource hub for all our organizational information.

International Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 Menstruation Matters!

Menstruation is an issue of human rights and dignity. Nevertheless, considerable barriers curtailing the equal and safe access to hygiene and education for women and girls across the world persist to this day, among which is the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Insecurity (MHI) according to graduatewomen.org. The International Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated every year globally on the 28th day of May.

“I bleed twelve weeks a year, so I know a thing or two about bloodstains” – (www.news18.com)

Many international institutions and local agencies harness efforts in ensuring that taboos and myths about menstruation are broken in our societies. For instance; USAID’s work in the menstrual hygiene field includes developing design standards for female-friendly facilities, creating educational resources, promoting the availability of Menstrual Hygiene Management – MHM related supplies, and de-stigmatizing menstruation.

According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), over 30,000 refugees will be hosted by the Government of Canada in the year 2020 in addition to the 28,100 refugees in 2019. These numbers translate in to more demand on the menstrual hygiene management products and services meant to be shared among citizens and refugees. Many female refugees seeking for asylum in Canada find a lot of challenges in accessing and utilizing MHM products and services. This is attributed to the financial restrictions, types of menstrual products available on market and lack of information on use of these products intertwined by the different social norms and stigma from their home countries.

At The African Centre for Refugees in Ontario we work closely together with communities and beneficiaries through identifying newcomers both in and out of the shelter system to integrate them within our programs. We also organize female chat-ups which are spearheaded by social workers to guide them through menstrual hygiene and management and breaking barriers to utilizing these products and services.

Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?
Image source; Medical News Today.