Hope the weather is as wonderfully "spring-y" as it is here in Nashville. Here for some fun updates:
And on a personal note... I graduate from Vanderbilt in four weeks (May 13) and I would love to see if we can raise $100,000 by then!! Only $6,901 to go...
As always, thanks for your continued support and please don't hesitate to email me with questions or comments.
Hello! Hope all is well.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon sponsored by the Planned Parenthood of Fort Worth, TX to hear Sheryl WuDunn speak about the the book she co-authored with her husband, Nicholas Kristof, Half The Sky. Now for those of you that do not know... we love this book. This book has created a movement and has motivated thousands of individuals around the world to join in empowering women thoughout the world. As a matter of fact, many of you have given to Kasiisi Project after Half the Sky was featured on Oprah and she opened up a registry for ways to join the "Half the Sky Movement" (we're the $30 option under "Educate a Girl"). You gave because you recognized that women are critical to overall community development and educating a young girl is the first step (to improved health, economic, and educational outcomes).
Sitting next to Ms. WuDunn at dinner the night before the Luncheon I thanked her personally on behalf of Kasiisi Project for the incredible effect of her book and for her dedication to advocating for women around the world. I would like to thank each of you as well... Thank you for taking action!
Each of you have been motivated in one way or another to contribute to young women in Uganda because of Half the Sky, though your education, personal experiences, stories, research, etc. I would love to hear the story of how you became moved to take action and become involved. So if you're interested, please leave a comment below.
I recommend watching Sheryl WuDunn's TED talk, and continuing to be involved in the Half the Sky Movement.
p.s. March 8th is the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day - mark your calendars and spread the word!
Are you interested in seeing, first hand, our work with girls in Uganda? Have you always wanted to see great apes in the wild? This June - we have a great donor trip lined up!
The Kasiisi Project along with its research partner The Kibale Chimpanzee Project are offering a small exclusive guided trip to Uganda. We will host 8-10 guests from June 6th- June 20th 2011. This is your opportunity to visit our schools, work with the students and see 2 species of wild African great apes in their forest homes - and while you do so, to support Kasiisi Project schools and primate conservation.
Led by Kibale Chimpanzee Project co-Director and University of New Mexico professor Martin Muller and Kasiisi Project Executive Director Elizabeth Ross, this trip will take you into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track mountain gorillas, and to Kibale National Park to find chimpanzees. Between your forest walks there will be game drives, savanna animals, spectacular scenery and terrific birding including such rarities as (almost certainly) the elusive and extraordinary shoebill. Over cocktails in the evenings you will be able to hear lectures on the latest primatological and environmental research.
In addition you will have a chance to visit primary schools around Kibale National Park, to see for yourself how the Kasiisi Project supports school-based conservation and education programs as a way to promote gender equal educational opportunities, good health and care for the forest.
If you are interested in hearing more, please e-mail Elizabeth Ross at email@example.com
Elizabeth Ross: Director The Kasiisi Project
Alice Bator: Director The Kasiisi Project Girls Program
Richard Wrangham : Co-Director The Kibale Chimpanzee Project
Martin Muller : Co-Director The Kibale Chimpanzee Project
Thank you for your continued support! Kasiisi Girls Support Program is ever thankful and is continuing to put your money to great use! Each gift makes a huge difference to the girls, and therefore, the entire community in the around the Kibale Forrest in Uganda. Girl friendly latrines, access to sanitary pads, and to honest information about women's heath allows adolescent girls to graduate primary school and qualify to receive a scholarship for secondary school. One way to impact a girls' life directly is through providing a scholarship for secondary school. If you would like to sponsor a girl who graduates from one of the 5 primary schools affiliated with Kasiisi Project, please visit http://kasiisiproject.org/scholarships.htm and contact:
I also encourage you to give a donation as a gift during the holiday using GlobalGiving’s Tribute Cards. As you know, GlobalGiving donations are tax-deductable and perfect for end year giving! Visit: Learn how to make a donation as a gift to see how to give a perfect gift to family and friends.
Hope this holiday season is full of joy!
Executive Director, Elizabeth Ross, has just posted to the Kasiisi Project blog about the progress of the Girls Support Program.
Please visit: http://kasiisiproject.blogspot.com/
Nurse Lucy continues to visit the schools regularly and provide MakaPads for the girls each month. When she's at the schools she teaches health-education classes targeted to the girls P1- P7. We recently received her school visit logs for the past two months and she has visited all schools, talking to girls about issues including HIV, life planning skills, decision making, body changes, and hand washing (for the youngest girls).
It's very exciting that MakaPads have begun to be distributed though the schools but are eager to continue forward and have Kasiisi Project house the first production site in Western Uganda!
We have made incredible strides in the past year and a half, and truly appreciate your support. None of this is possible without your generous contributions.
Thank you again.
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