Cultural Competence – Through a combination of consultation and representation, all activities and outcomes are designed to be relevant and tailored to members of the East African community. As such, we will give constant and appropriate consideration to various aspects of community members’ identity, including:

  • Language
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Family
  • Peer Influences
  • Race
  • Income
  • Neighbourhood
  • Immigration Experience

Equity – A commitment to ensuring fairness, representation and respect in all aspects of Loyan’s work

Service integrity – A commitment to high quality and professional services which protects the trust and safety of our members

Inclusiveness – We will work to ensure a balance of representation and participation across the East African community and that the voices of youth, women, religious minorities and others are fully included.

Collaboration – We place a high value on the importance of partnership, networking, joint planning and appropriate communal sharing in our work.

Accountability – We are committed to a process that is transparent and has integrity. We value the traditional and cultural expectations of community respect and being responsible to the community, clients, funders, and our volunteers and members for work, performance and decision-making.

Anti-Racism – We commit to challenging and addressing systemic racism, especially with respect to the African Canadian community.


Beginning in summer 2013, Loyan Foundation partnered with Modern Batik Art Workshops to deliver art classes targeting East African youth. Modern Batik is an art form which modifies traditional Batik technique originating in Indonesia to enhance the detail of an image on fabric using wax and dyes. For background on the history and method of Modern Batik visit:

The program is intended to help build skills and emotional well-being for East African youth and to raise awareness for the cause of nonviolence in the East African community. Constructive activities like the Modern Batik art program can strengthen neighbourhoods and protect against risk factors of violence by improving educational and emotional outcomes for youth. Workshop sessions provide youth with the opportunity to develop artistic and social skills as well as a powerful sense of accomplishment from their artwork. This has helped to improve the emotional health of participants and their households and has provided participants with valuable, extra-curricular experience to serve them in the future. If you are interested in supporting this project we encourage you to browse our gallery and check our support us page.

Fast Facts:

  • Loyan-sponsored locations, past and present:
  • Tobermory TCH site
  • Lawrence Heights TCH site
  • Art works sold:
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  • Money raised:
  • Volunteers recruited through Modern Batik:
  • Cost to Participants: Free
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Loyan Foundation is committed to producing meaningful and ongoing research related to culturally competent anti-violence programming for the East African community. Our research is critical to mobilize our community through the dissemination of knowledge and ideas and to help ensure that Loyan’s programs are effective and evidence-based.

Loyan Foundation’s research is community-based. This means our research will draw much of its data through methods which document the perspectives and lived experiences from East Africans in the Greater Toronto Area.

Beginning in 2012 with the support from the Ministry of the Attorney General we developed a Needs Assessment aimed at identifying and finding solutions for addressing risk factors of violence in the community. Excerpt from Loyan Foundation needs Assessment. Full revised report to be posted in 2015.

Loyan Foundation continues to investigate causes and solutions to violence in our community. If you are interested in contributing to our research unit, we encourage you to fill out our volunteer form. For other inquiries please check our contact page or email us at


Loyan Foundation members also participate in a number of events and are active in non-violence advocacy to generate support through volunteer and other contributions. Check back for updates on events in the coming weeks.