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.
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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Dec 11, 2012

Holiday Cheer from the Kasiisi Project

Nursery School Lawyer to Be !
Nursery School Lawyer to Be !

The Kasiisi Project has a lot to be thankful for -- especially for our Global Giving Supporters. We truly want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and kindness. The Kasiisi Project is able to succeed in our mission every year because of your generous donations so THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

This year the Kasiisi Project graduated its first set of preschool students! Many of those students were young girls who we hope will continue on through primary school and even to University! The preschool students were taught primarily in English which provides these young girls and boys with a big boost for the government primary school exams which are in English.

The project continues to be busy with our Peer Education, Sanitary Pad Distribution and other fun activities for young girls. We are very pleased with the progress of our girls support program and know that it is supporters like you that allow these young girls to become amazing women! 

Proud Parent and Student
Proud Parent and Student
Graduate and younger student
Graduate and younger student
Ceremony
Ceremony

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