The Kasiisi Project (Girls Support Program)

Since 1997, the Kasiisi Project has aided education in and around Kibale National Park in rural western Uganda, East Africa. Founded initially as a link between the research-based Kibale Chimpanzee Project and the local community, the Kasiisi Project now works with several research groups in and around the park to target critical issues for the survival of the forest and support of the local population. We support early childhood education, promote conservation and health education, provide daily school lunches, train teachers, encourage literacy through libraries and computer usage, fund secondary school and college scholarships, and address the special needs of girls.
Aug 21, 2014

Summer Volunteers and more!

Summer Volunteers
Summer Volunteers

Summer always brings a lot of motivated and skilled volunteers to the Kasiisi Project in Western Uganda. This summer Kayla Bruce helped with our girls' sexual health program. The elementary school girls were visited  by our nurse, Eve Basemera and Kayla Bruce, to discuss women's empowerment and "Life Skills." Life Skills reinforce messages such as: practicing communication, resisting negative peer pressure, asserting oneself, self esteem, etc.. The girls took notes and used these lessons to create songs, skits and dances which discussed women's empowerment and the life skills. On July 26th, 20 girls from each of the seven schools came to Kasiisi playground and presented their songs, skits and dances. The schools' productions were creative and informative; everyone enjoyed the presentations!

Additionally, this summer, five meetings were held with boys from a sample of our schools. The boys were given a short questionnaire to determine how much they knew about the topics that are covered throughout the course of the Girls' Program (growth and development in boys and girls, hygiene, STD and HIV/AIDs prevention, early pregnancy, etc.) and they had a discussion about Life Skills. We are hoping that this information can be used to design a small program for the boys to complement the girls' program.

Lastly, the girls spent the summer competing in an essay writing competition. Each of the seven schools selected 40 girls to participate. The girls were given lectures on Early Pregnancy, Growth and Development in Boys and Girls, STD Prevention and Hygiene. They had a little over a week to study their notes and prepare their thoughts, and then Nurse Eve returned to administer the essay competition. It was a very succesful project! 
As always, thank you for your support of the Kasiisi Project and the girls' health program! 
Nurse Eve and Volunteer Kayla
Nurse Eve and Volunteer Kayla
Girls receiving new underwear
Girls receiving new underwear
Learning how to use sanitary pads
Learning how to use sanitary pads
Making life skills signs
Making life skills signs

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May 21, 2014

Secret Gardens

Planting Secret Gardens
Planting Secret Gardens

The Girls Program was very active toward the end of Term 1 in Uganda. Half of the primary schools that are participating in the Girls’ Peer Education program will be conducting follow-up activities in their schools to reinforce the messages that were discussed in March’s Peer Education Workshop put on by the Kasiisi Project for 14 schools around Kibale National Park.

To introduce the follow up activities, we held a meeting with Headteachers and Senior Woman Teachers from the seven schools. The teachers decided that the first activity that all schools would participate in should be a tree/flower planting activity. We tied the activities back to the messages discussed at the Peer Education workshop by having the Girls’ Program Nurse, Eve, give a talk about early marriage/pregnancy. The girls then broke into groups; half painted signs of encouragement such as “too young to give birth” and “avoid bad peer groups,” while the other half fetched water and planted trees and flowers. The gardens that the girls have made will become “secret gardens” where they can talk with their peer educators about issues that they are facing or questions that they may have. The signs that they painted are displayed in each of their gardens.

Attached are some photos of the tree/flower planting activity at Rweterra Primary School in Western Uganda which is part of the Kasiisi Project Girls Program. 

Girls working on their Secret Gardens
Girls working on their Secret Gardens
Secret Gardens
Secret Gardens
Making Signs for the Gardens
Making Signs for the Gardens

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Feb 20, 2014

New Field Director and Update on the Students !

Field Director and Ugandan Director
Field Director and Ugandan Director

We would like to welcome Debi Hoege to the Kasiisi Project.  Debi joined KFSP/The Kasiisi Project in January 2014 as the new Field Director. She has several years of project management experience and 18 months of experience directly in the Fort Portal, Uganda area. While at USAID Headquarters in Washington, Debi served as the principal point of contact for roughly 200 colleagues worldwide as she managed the strategy review process for President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI). In August 2012, she arrived in Fort Portal, Uganda to manage two research projects for the University of Notre Dame in collaboration with local organizations. During her time with KFSP/The Kasiisi Project, Debi will oversee all projects, but will focus specifically on the implementation of the Girls’ Program. She also hopes to improve her Rutooro (the local language in the Fort Portal area of Uganda) !

Additionally, we have had great news from the Project schools in Uganda concerning the government tests that the primary school children take their last year in primary school. This year, two more Kasiisi Project Schools have joined Kasiisi Primary School at the top of the Primary Leaving Exam League – Kigarama Primary School and Kiko Primary School scored averages of 12.4 and 13.0 respectively (lower scores are better). Kigarama Primary School had 57% of its students score Grade 1 passes (which is the highest grade pass), Kasiisi Primary School had 47% and Kiko Primary School had 45% of their students recieve grade 1 passes! The average Primary Leaving Exam scores in our 5 core project schools continue to improve and and in 3 of these schools girls outperformed boys!  We are very proud of the teachers, students and parents for these great test results! We are hoping more of the students will be able to attend secondary school as the scores increase.

Attached to this report are a few photos from the Kasiisi Primary School Girls Guides Meeting last week. It was the first Girl Guides meeting of the year, so they were focusing on recruitment to fill the spots that last year’s P7 girls held. The girls seemed excited to be a part of the group and ended the meeting with one of their Girl Guides songs!

Stay tuned for many more updates from the field and please visit www.kasiisiproject.org for more information!

New Field Director and Girl Guide Leader
New Field Director and Girl Guide Leader
Girl Guide Leaders
Girl Guide Leaders
Girl Guide Meeting
Girl Guide Meeting
Girl Guides
Girl Guides
Primary Test Scores
Primary Test Scores
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