Young Africans and Canadians Acting Now



Young Africans And Canadians Acting Now, is founded by Mira Tshilombo. Mira’s vision for YAACAN has been over 10 years in the making. In Mrs. Rogers grade 12 environmental sciences class, Mira was given a project where she had to come up with a sustainable project idea that would benefit her local community. She handed in a project that aimed to educate younger students on the importance of taking care of our environment in ways that are still fun and engaging. She came up with concept of getting senior students to teach each other what they already know, so they could learn from one another and pass on their knowledge to junior & grade school students. This concept was influenced by an ancient proverb “give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life.” Mira had received positive feedback from her teacher saying that this was an excellent idea for the future.

Who We Are

Achieving economic independence requires sustainable living.

We work to drive long-term solutions to the world’s sustainability challenges; to create development projects that protect the community and the environment; and to enable self-reliant communities and the mutual transfer of skills through education and training.

YAACAN aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people by driving sustainable solutions to long-term global development problems. We do this by collaborating with local communities, skilled professionals and youth to create, implement, and monitor sustainable development projects.

Our Mission

To build self-reliant and empowered communities by establishing sustainable development projects that address issues related to poverty, education and environmental concerns.

YAACAN Planned Project

Flood Risks

YAACAN’s management team will be helping communities meet their pressing infrastructure needs, protecting families and communities’ critical infrastructure, and supporting continued economic growth by educating the Canadian public on the effects of floods and how to better prepare for them. We believe tackling deforestation, is one of the best proactive measures we can take to combat the increase in severe flooding across Canada. Very simply put, the more trees we have on our planet, the more stable our hydrological cycle will be. In an effort to address the growing flooding problem, YAACAN wants to plant more trees and replace impermeable surfaces such as paved areas and roofs with native green flora in order to impact the problem from the source.

YAACAN Online Education

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