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.
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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Sep 26, 2012

Peer Education Workshop and More!

Girls Peer Education Group
Girls Peer Education Group

The Kasiisi Project and the Jane Goodall Institute hosted a Girls Peer Education Workshop in September. The workshop was held at the Makerere University Biological Field Station, located in Kibale National Park in Fort Portal.

The main objectives of the workshop were:

  • To introduce girls to peer education.
  • To equip girls and teachers with knowledge on reproductive health.
  • To equip girls with skills of how to deal with problems associated with the youth.
  • To equip female teachers in schools with knowledge on how to relate with the youth.
  • To train female teachers and girls groups on how deal with HIV/AIDS.

Because of your support, the Peer Education Workshop was extremely successful! There were over 30 girls from 7 primary schools who attended the workshop. 10 head women teachers from the schools also attended the workshop. The Peer Education Workshop focused on providing young girls and teachers with the skills they need to educate other school children about reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and the use of sanitary pads.

Uganda has the highest teen pregnancy rate in sub-saharan Africa with over 30% of Ugandan girls having their first baby by the time they are 18. HIV infection rates are 9 times higher in girls than boys the same age and Uganda has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world, 25% of which are from unsafe abortions. However, studies have shown that each additional year of education for girls reduces the risk of HIV infection by 7% and delays the first pregnancy by a year!

The Kasiisi Project, through your help, is assisting young girls to stay in school by providing peer education workshops, sanitary pads and extracurricular activities for girls!

Thank you for all you do for the Kasiisi Project and for the girls of Uganda!

Workshop for Peer Education
Workshop for Peer Education
Girl at Peer Education Workshop
Girl at Peer Education Workshop
Sanitary Pads
Sanitary Pads
Girl at Peer Education Workshop
Girl at Peer Education Workshop
Peer Education Leaders
Peer Education Leaders
Meal at Peer Education Workshop
Meal at Peer Education Workshop

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