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.
Aug 24, 2010

MakaPads!

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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 http://kasiisiproject.blogspot.com/2010/06/girls-peer-education-program-success.html 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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Apr 21, 2010

Happy One Year!

Thank you thank you thank you! I can say of behalf of Kasiisi Project, that we could not be more excited (or wonderfully surprised) to have reached one year on GlobalGiving and to have raised over $64,000 from almost 1,500 unique donors!

This year has been quite remarkable for the progress of the Kasiisi Project's Girls Support Program.

A brief summary:

Having conducted baseline research for the peer education program, and connecting Kasiisi Project and MakaPads, we are finally moving toward more tangible progress. The Community Health Worker has begun conducting health classes for the 5 primary schools, and after one more training session with the Jane Goodall Institute, will begin training peer leaders herself. After this summer, a curriculum for health education will be integrated into the school curriculum. The five primary schools each have their own set of risks, so ensuring the curriculum is adaptable to the specifics of each environment will be a challenge. At Kigarama Primary School, Girl Friendly Latrines are in the process of being built (see previous entry for images). MakaPads will be increasingly dispersed (to phase out the imported sanitary pads) to the schools starting in September, and hopefully with the next 6 months, production of the pads in the Kabarole District will begin.

THANKS so much for such a successful First Year on GlobalGiving!

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