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 22, 2013

Girl Rising Premier in Uganda at Kasiisi Project School, New Project Director and Promotional Video

Girl Rising Film at Kigarama School
Girl Rising Film at Kigarama School

GIRL RISING FILM:

The summer months always brings lots of fun and creative volunteers to the Kasiisi Project in Uganda. This year the Kasiisi Project was visited by Rich Lehrer of the Brookwood School in Massachusetts. Mr. Lehrer, Sven Holch and the Brookwood School were kind enough to pay the licensing fee to show GIRL RISING to our students in Uganda. This was the Ugandan permier of the film. Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and produced by 10x10,  has been showing in US cinemas and, “celebrates the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world”. The film was shown at four Kasiisi Project Schools in Uganda and generated many excellent discussions and positive feedback from teachers and students. The Kasiiis Project plans to join Brookwood School  in participating in International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2013.

NEW PROJECT DIRECTOR:  

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Emily Otali has been appointed as Kasiisi Project Field Director starting in September of 2014. Emily, who is currently Field Director for the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, has been deeply involved with the Kasiisi Project for many years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of our Ugandan partner the Kibale Forest Schools Program and currently serves as Chair of the Scholarship, Finance and Guesthouse committees. Emily will continue to have a part-time appointment with the Kibale Chimpanzee Project KCP strengthening our relationship with forest research and conservation.

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO:

Thanks to Ronan Donovan we have a great new brief introduction to the Kasiisi Project. Please see our linked promotional piece at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zZZLBhItek&feature=youtu.be 

Girl Rising Film at Rweterra School
Girl Rising Film at Rweterra School
Girl Rising Film Viewing
Girl Rising Film Viewing
Headmistress and Emily Otali
Headmistress and Emily Otali
Emily Otali new project director
Emily Otali new project director

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May 31, 2013

A Wonderful Visit to the Girls Project in Uganda!

Sanitary Pads and Girls (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Sanitary Pads and Girls (photo by Ronan Donovan)

In April, 2013, I had the opportunity to visit the Kasiisi Girls Project. It was wonderful to be back in Uganda. I was so impressed by all the progress since my last stay in Uganda 1.5 years ago. The Kasiisi Girls Project is doing great -- the girls are thriving and excelling in academics and sports! I had the opportunity to observe the school nurse (hired by the Kasiisi Girls Project) working with 70+ girls - she was distributing sanitary pads to the girls, speaking to them about 'risks' they might face while on spring break (men in the village who may want sexual relations with them, sanitation concerns etc) and bonding with the girls. I observed the girls ask the nurse some really great questions and they all seemed very comfortable with the nurse and the topics - which was a big change to my observations in 2011! I also had the chance to watch the Girls compete in sporting events like cross country running, track, high jump, soccer and more. The girls performed very well and all the teachers and students seemed very excited by the girl’s soccer team! I also visited with a group of 14+ female secondary scholars supported by the Kasiisi Girls Project. The girls were just finishing exams but were very excited to tell me about dorm life, academics, sports, band, computer classes and more. I loved visiting with the secondary school girls and seeing how much they enjoy boarding school and learning! It was hard to leave the Kasiisi Girls Project and come back to the USA – but I definitely left feeling very excited about all the successful and worthwhile work the Kasiisi Project is doing. Thank you all for your support and encouragement! We could not do it without you! 

A special thanks to professional photographer Ronan Donovan (http://www.ronandonovan.com/gallery/the_kasiisi_project) who took some amazing photos of the Kasiisi Project! Thank you for volunteering your time Ronan!

After School Chores (photo by Ronan Donovan)
After School Chores (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Sanitary Pads and Girl (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Sanitary Pads and Girl (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Girl and Sports (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Girl and Sports (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Girls Dancing (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Girls Dancing (photo by Ronan Donovan)
Strong Gov
Strong Gov't Messages (photo by Ronan Donovan)

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Mar 11, 2013

Visit to the Kasiisi Project

Two or three times a year, the Director/Co-Directors of the Kasiisi Project visit our project in Uganda! I am lucky enough to be visiting the Kasiisi Project in April for 14 days! I am very excited to say hello to our wonderful Ugandan Staff and also have the opportunity to visit with the individual projects and see how everything is going! I will be meeting with the girls from the peer education groups, meeting with the school nurse and spending time with our sanitary pad project leaders. I promise to have lots of photos and stories to share upon my return. We truly appreciate all your support and could not do this important work without you!

Today, I am attaching a great photo of our 'Girl Guides' in Uganda.....don't they look wonderful!?

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