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.
Sep 13, 2010

"Breaking the Silence" Lesson from Nurse Lucy

Hi Donors!

September is proving to be an exciting month for all areas of the Kasiisi Girls' Support Program!

- A few days ago the FIRST EVER delivery of MakaPads arrived to the Kasiisi schools in place of the imported pads (I'll attach a photo as soon as I have one).

-In about a week, a few Kasiisi Project students will attend another training session for peer leaders provided through the Jane Goodall Institute. After this workshop is complete, there will be trained peer leaders and female staff at all 5 of the affiliated primary schools!


Last month, while I was in Uganda, I had the privilege of watching Nurse Lucy present a lesson she called "Breaking the Silence" to P5-P7 girls. Her approach was very interactive and she encouraged the girls to ask questions and speak up as she spoke of the importance of breaking the silence about menstruation and growing from "childhood to adulthood". I have a short video clip of Lucy in action and will put it online soon for all to see! I have included a photo of girls volunteering to hold up a poster we bought from Mango Tree (see link below) while Lucy spoke.

Thanks so much for your continued support! None of this is possible without each of your donations.


Aug 24, 2010



Dear wonderful donors,

I have great news for you! This update will focus on our progress with the MakaPad initiative but be on the lookout for another update coming soon on the health outreach program!

I returned from a trip to Uganda a few weeks ago with another volunteer, Scott Krenitski. Together we worked with Dr. Musaazi (inventor of MakaPads) and Kasiisi Project to sort of the final details including costs of transportation and distribution of the pads, and are pleased to report great success!

CONGRATULATIONS DONORS, because of your continued support, beginning this September, Kasiisi Project will officially commence the donation of MakaPads to the schools in place of the imported American brands. This adjustment will: 1. Open up room in the budget (MakaPads are less expensive than imported American Pads) 2. Support a local business (Technology 4 Tomorrow, Africa) 3. Help with conservation efforts near the Kibale National Forrest (MakaPads are made of papyrus, recycled white paper, and a plastic cover, all but one element of these pads are natural or recycled)

Jun 11, 2010

Girl Report

Hello again donors!

Thanks again so much for your continued support. Check out Elizabeth Ross' new blog entry at to read about the success of the girls peer education program this year. Its wonderful to see how successful the program has been so far, and hopefully in the coming years the program can be spread to more primary schools! Your support has been absolutely instrumental to the development of this program by supporting our community health worker, providing supplies for health education courses, donating sanitary pads and more. None of these successes are possible without the many many people who have contributed to this program. So, again, thank you! I head to Uganda Monday so I will have more news and stories in August when I'm back home.

Until then... spread the word about Kasiisi Project, send a message via email or GlobalGiving with comments, suggestions or questions, and remember that your donation, big or small, makes a huge difference!


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