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April Foster
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About Me:
I am a founding member of the Constellation for AIDS Competence. Working for the past 20 years in stimulating and connecting local responses as part of a facilitation team. Born in the United States, but a citizen of the world.
My dream:
That people and communities across the world would be connected through their strengths
I'm proud of:
Being a learner, being a participant in local response and being part of world-wide team of so many fantastic people

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LEARN Team Dream 2014

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:39am 0 Comments

Over the past month, the LEARN team for 2014 have shared personal dreams and a shared dream for LEARN in 2014.

Our dream as the LEARN team is to work from the strengths of each member in order to expand our wealth of knowledge. To develop tools that can be used for capturing valuable lessons from our experiences through a process that inspires more sharing, and developing the expertise of the wider coaching…



Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:26am 1 Comment

LEARN Team 2014
There is a dynamic team formed around the LEARN Function of the GST for 2014.  This team will be led by April Foster as the SPR and includes Autry Haynes (Guyana), Meble Birengo (Kenya), Virgilio Suande (Mozambique), Mike Nzenga (South Africa), Susanne Mueller (USA), Phil Forth (UK).  This team will be supported and link to the other GST Functions of CARE, SHARE and TRANSFER.  This team is by no means exclusive, but will give a focus to capturing and sharing as…

Home visits lead to wider community response

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 7:00pm 7 Comments

During a recent Constellation LEARN meeting in Belgium, we participated in a SALT visit to a sports club being facilitated in primary schools.  The founders of the club shared with us their approach, which resonated on many levels with the work we do in the Constellation.  One practice that the club uses to build relationships and influence change are home visits to the club members.  This sharing reminded me again of how important home visits have been in my experience, and I wanted to…


WASH and Community Life Competence

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:37pm 1 Comment

The past 2 weeks have found Boris, Autry and I in Suriname working with a fantastic team to integrate WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) with the community life competence process.  There is the phrase - 'Water is Life'.  We have heard reflections this week that you can have water, but no real 'life' in communities.  Trust, respect and vision are also needed.  The skilled, passionate, committed team in Suriname is going to teach us all alot about this in the coming months.  Thank you in…


Integration - More than just adding more pieces!

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:19am 2 Comments

We had a very inspiring visit to Ethiopia last week with IIRR and partners who have been working hard at integrating elements of ACP into their existing Community Managed Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Strategy.  You will see the excellent photos and video clips that Ricardo has been uploading over the past couple of days.


It got me thinking about the word 'integration'.  Seems everyone is using it these days, and as with many things we start saying it and stop thinking deeply about…


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At 7:25pm on February 5, 2013, Musa K.Mansaray said…

April, i read your  profile and have invited you to be my friend.I have just been added to this forum and i love this network very much.Hope to be in touch many more times.

At 5:35pm on February 1, 2013, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Hi April, you are featured on Ning for your tremendous contribution to the process of coaches confirmation and self assessment. A small way to thank you.

At 3:06pm on February 15, 2010, Olive Mumba said…
Yes April. I managed to get the email and will be getting back to you tomorrow. many thansk for the great experience in Nairobi. Learnt alot.
At 10:29am on February 17, 2009, Sandeep Gaikwad said…
Hi April,

I have heard about you from my Boss.

Wish to hear from you also
At 9:47pm on December 2, 2008, Jean-Louis Lamboray said…
Most welcome April! So happpy that you made it! JL
At 2:21am on December 2, 2008, Marlou said…
Hi April,

Welcome to Aidscompetence! It worked this time!
We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to communicate with friends, colleagues and like minded people in all parts of the world.

Please take some time to walk through this virtual Constellation home.
You will find many opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Meet old friends and make new friends by visiting people’s personal pages. Or ‘listen’ to their stories in their Blog. Share your experiences in the discussion forum, share your pictures or watch the video’s. And invite your own friends in as you wish!

Again, we are very happy to have your voice on Aids Competence and look forward to your contributions.
You will find some suggestions and rules of play under the ‘help’ tab.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.

Warm regards,


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