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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Thanks as always for your generous donations.
I wanted to update everyone on an new "Kasiisi Project Blog". This blog updates about all programs of Kasiisi Project (not just the Girls' Support Program) and is a valuable way to stay up to date with the happenings of the overall organization! Check it out! Also, please find the new images of the progress of latrine construction at Kigarama Primary School!!
Thanks for your continued support.
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International Women's Day is March 8, and to celebrate women in Uganda, we wanted to tell you about all the great work we've been doing at Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program.
Here is an excerpt from a meeting on January 20th:
"Assessment of current KFSSSP Health and Girl’s support programs.
The new project nurse, Kabajansi Lucy, the KFSSSP health education and girl’s peer education programs were discussed. All participants were pleased with both Lucy and the programs so far and wanted to continue to implement and expand them. The issues of girls accessing washing facilities and soap in a discreet manner was raised particularly in schools with a male Headmaster, and the following solutions suggested:
1.) Small carved off spaces for senior woman teachers to talk privately with girls
2.) Appointment of female deputies
3.) Easily accessible soap on wash stands
4.) Proper girl’s latrines with washing facilities incorporated into them
Since Lucy has taken over the handout of sanitary pads in each school embarrassment over accessing these supplies has been reduced. The design of a health education lesson plan linked to the general curriculum, appropriate for each class level and including the production of Rutooro language videos on hygiene and reproductive health were approved."
Thanks again for your continued support. Please feel free, as always, to contact us with questions or suggestions!
Happy International Women's Day!
Check out the Annual Report for Kasiisi Project International!
Happy New Years from the Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program!
Elizabeth Ross is in Uganda starting next week and we should have some photos as soon as she returns. We are purchasing five new Girls' Only Latrines (at $5,000 each). The privacy of single sex latrines is very important for girls to feel comfortable at school. FYI, pads are purchased at the beginning of each term for the girls.
Thank you for a wonderful 2009! We've been around on GlobalGiving since April and thanks to all of your generous donations and support we have passed $50,000 and 1,000 unique donors in less than nine months. We are endlessly grateful to Oprah's registry, many committed individual supporters and The Milton & Beatrice Wind Foundation. Your generous support incredible and is making a HUGE difference. I look forward to being able to send you all some new photos when Elizabeth returns from Uganda of the progress of the latrines!
Please feel free to contact us anytime. For those of you who have, we truly appreciate your feedback.
HAPPY NEW YEARS from Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program and the girls of Kikko, Kigarama, Kasiisi, Kyanyawara, and Rweteera Primary Schools.
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