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.
Dec 22, 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

We were featured on the Vanderbilt University Website. In this movie you can watch Dr. Musaazi himself speak.

Click on the video on the front page of vanderbilt.edu called, "Watch: VUCast: A life-changing journey, food that fills the soul and a holiday party that keeps on giving"

I will attach the video as soon as possible.

Thanks again.

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Nov 30, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Women outside Kampala making MakaPads
Women outside Kampala making MakaPads

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program is incredibly thankful for your continued support of girls in the Kabarole District of Uganda. Such enthusiastic support is allowing progress to be made at a wonderful rate.

From Uganda:

We've just received results from a survey regarding MakaPads and are looking to expand the reach of the peer education programs. Lucy, the community health worker is continuing to visit the five primary schools regularly providing counsel and accurate information to the girls and boys alike.

In the States:

On November 13, 2009, Dr. Moses Musaazi visited the Vanderbilt University campus! He spoke in a variety of venues to graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and a variety of other visitors. Those present were inspired by his drive to find appropriate-technology based solutions to problems faced by Ugandans (and others) on a daily basis. Water and air quality, deforestation, rubbish disposal, and employment are issues that Dr. Musaazi considers as he addresses problems that need solutions.

MakaPads, Dr. Musaazi’s innovation, were the highlight of his presentation. MakaPads are the first and only sanitary pad invented and produced in ALL OF AFRICA. What follows are bits and pieces about MakaPads that I thought you might like to know:

“Maka” has a deeper meaning. In Lugandan, the local language spoken by Dr. Musaazi, “maka” means “home”. His intent was that these pads reflected this. Each letter also stands for something important:

M-Menstruation A-Administration K-Knowledge A-Affordability

“Mak” for Makarere University where Dr. Musaazi works.

Over 95% biodegradable! ***

Again, thanks so much for your support. And please make comments or give feedback as much as possible, we appreciate all advice, comments and hellos!

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

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Nov 10, 2009

Thank You!

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. It has been exciting to have Kasiisi Girls Support Project recognized by Oprah on her new registry: for all women.

Next month continues to be exciting as Dr. Moses Kissa Musaazi (MakaPad inventor) is coming to the United States for a conference on technology in DC. While in the US he will visit Vanderbilt University.

*** Here's a snapshot of a profile of a Ugandan Girl affected by the Girls Support Project:

In brief, a typical P7 (the equivalent of 6th grade) student at Kasiisi Primary School lives with her father and mother; sings in the school choir; plays netball; and likes to dance. However, when a girl gets her period, just getting to school (let alone enjoying her normal school activities) is a challenge. It is extremely tempting to skip school during this time. Girls worry about odor and leaks, and boys at school tease may her and pressure her to have sexual relations with them. Most girls have a friend who drop sout of school because she is pregnant (about 2-3 girls do every year). Girls are uncertain whether to believe boys when they say she can’t get pregnant during her periods or that if she doesn’t have sex soon she will never to able to have children. Most girls own only one pair of underpants but are embarrassed to ask their parents to buy her more. These girls are bright and enthusiastic whose path to a healthy productive future is being hampered by two very simple, easily remedied, inexpensive things: sanitary supplies and accurate information to help her avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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