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.
Jun 28, 2012

Summer Volunteers have arrived at the Kasiisi Project!

Nurse Lucy handing out sanitary pads
Nurse Lucy handing out sanitary pads

Summer volunteers have arrived at the Kasiisi Project and the GIRLS are getting lots of special attention through new projects, events and workshops! Summer volunteers add an extra bit of excitement for the children touched by the Kasiisi Project - bringing in activities that these children would normally not have access too - like arts and crafts; debate club tournaments with prizes; field trips and more! The volunteers come for approximately two to three months and focus their attention on a specific project or activity with the children. This allows the volunteers and the children time to connect and form long lasting bonds.

The GIRLS sanitary project is continuing to be very successful. The community Nurse Lucy is visiting all of our schools on a regular basis. She hands out the sanitary pads, speaks with girls about any concerns/thoughts/questions they might have and works on basic health education with the girls. Additionally, Nurse Lucy and the Kasiisi Project are continuing to work with the girls and head women teachers from our schools on peer education - training young girls to be role models and mentors for their peers. The peer education is a fun way to get girls informed about health/sanitary issues while encouraging them to be public speakers, role models and teachers to their peers.

The Kasiisi Project's new website at www.kasiisiproject.org has created quite a buzz and we are getting a lot of feedback about the project. It feels good to know that our work in Uganda is truly touching children’s lives on a daily basis and we have you all to THANK for that. SO THANK YOU and happy summer from the Kasiisi Project!

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Kiko Primary School and Sanitary Pads
Kiko Primary School and Sanitary Pads
Children using SKYPE with an American School
Children using SKYPE with an American School
Girls learning about the environment in school!
Girls learning about the environment in school!
Debate Tournament in School
Debate Tournament in School

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Apr 5, 2012

New Website!

Project Leader, Caroline Riss, in Uganda
Project Leader, Caroline Riss, in Uganda

The Kasiisi Girls Support Program has a new website!

Please take a moment to see what our project is doing for girls in Uganda.

http://www.kasiisiproject.org/what-we-do/girls-support/

Also, the new website has lots of photos and videos for you to explore!

http://www.kasiisiproject.org/multimedia/photos/girls-support-gallery/

More exciting news is that this year for the first time ever, two girls were the top of their class in Kasiisi Project Schools and recieved Kasiisi Project Scholarships to attend secondary school! Please visit http://www.kasiisiproject.org/what-we-do/scholarships/ to learn more about our scholarship program!

Recieved a Kasiisi Project Scholarship
Recieved a Kasiisi Project Scholarship
Recieved a Kasiisi Project Scholarship
Recieved a Kasiisi Project Scholarship

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Jan 30, 2012

Top Three Students

Hi Donors! 

Amazing News: This past year, the top three performing students at the Kasiisi schools were GIRLS. It's so wonderful to see the gap between girls' and boys' results narrowing so rapidly. The younger girls have role models that show that girls can be truly successful.

Quick update on myself: In two days I am moving to Port Elizabeth, South Africa on a Fulbright for the year...but don't worry... I will continue reporting with updates from Elizabeth Ross (Kasiisi Executive Director) on all the wonderful things happening in Uganda. There may also be reports from various other Kasiisi staff members to help keep everyone up to date! At the rate we're going now, 2012 is going to be a very exciting year for Kasiisi.

Please, as always, feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns/suggestions.

Best,

Alice Bator

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