Lots of new updates...
Check out the attached report from this summer's work
Here's a sample of some of the questions girls asked me during small group meetings. The girls in P5 – P 7 (4th grade – 6th grade) asked a ton of really valuable questions. Some were alarmingly false (the first one for example…) and others were remarkably intelligent and based in a good understanding of STDs, hygiene, sexual behaviors, and relationships.
Q: Is it true that if I don’t play sex by the time I’m 17 years old I will develop a bone in my private part and never be able to have children?
Q: Why do girls get their menstrual period and boys do not?
Q: What are the signs of Chlamydia?
Q: If someone with HIV coughs on me, can I get it?
Q: Can I share clothing with someone with HIV, or will I get HIV?
Q: How can I make my breasts develop? Does playing sex make them come faster?
Q: How can I best protect myself against STDs?
Q: If someone has HIV, what is a good way for them to eat to stay healthy?
Q: How can I help a girl who has a habit of playing sex with boys?
Q: I only have one pair of knickers and I have to walk to school when I have my menstrual period. I do not have pads at home and by the time I get to school my knickers are spoiled and then I have nothing to wear with my pad. What should I do?
Q: I live with my uncle and I am ashamed to ask him to buy me a pair of knickers. What should I do?
Q: Are there condoms for primary students even though we are told we have to abstain?
Q: My school gives me pads, but what do I do when I go to secondary school. I cannot afford to buy one for myself.
Q: Is it normal to get my period for more than 3 days?
Q: If I count the number of reeds on my wall can I decide how many days I will get my period?
Q: Is it ok to sit in the sun when I have my menstrual period?
Check out the attached "New Project Document" and pay particular attention to our updated budget.
Here's a brief annotation of the first year budget:
Program Supervisor will ensure accountability on the ground and will provide communication and transparency.
Motorbike will provide transportation for the supervisor to travel between schools.
Imported sanitary pads and underwear are important as the girls reported having insufficient pads and having one (if any) pair of underwear. The imported pads will begin to be phased out as the MakaPad plant takes form (most realistically 5 years out)
Peer Education and teaching aids will continually increase the human capitol within these schools and develop further the knowledge based education.
The trained peer educators reported a urgent need to show videos on sexual health to their peers. They reported that their peers occasionally doubt the validity of the information, so the leaders believe that showing films they saw during training workshops will give increase accountability. (Thus the projector, generator, screen, batteries and Rutooro language films).
Girl-Friendly latrines are important because they provide a private place for girls as to avoid the embarrassment the girls report in co-ed latrines.
Again, thank you thank you thank you for your continued support.
Thank you for your continued support.
Sarah and I just got back from a six week trip to Uganda.
“We spent the first four weeks in Kampala, Uganda. During this time we worked with the director of Technology 4 Tomorrow, Dr. Moses Musaazi, a professor and inventor at Makerere University. It is Dr. Musaazi who created and engineered MakaPads. With his small staff, we learned more about the product, production, and future possibilities of this important product for young women and old. To support Dr. Musaazi’s research, we spent the majority of our time in Kampala interviewing women employed through the production of MakaPads, visiting local NGOs, band, embassies, UN organizations discussing possibilities for CSR investments.
The following two weeks we were in the Kabarole District working with Kasiisi Project Girls' Support Program. We (Sarah, Lucy-the local nurse, and I) worked the five primary schools, working with the head masters, head women (responsible for guiding and counseling the girls), P5, P6 and P7 girls, as well as the peer educators at Kasiisi Primary School.
Many promising and exciting connections and solid groundwork was accomplished including a potential partnership with UNICEF, increased number of workshops through Jane Goodall Institute to train peer educators, a plan for the CHW to work in the schools 2x a week with first aid and girls support programs, and even seedlings toward a MakaPad operations plant in Ft. Portal which will employ single mothers of school aged children.
Attached are a few photos and links to see more of what we've done!
Best Wishes. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail if you would like more information or if you have any suggestions.
Thanks again for all of your continued support!
Sarah Quirk and I take off for Uganda this Saturday, and wanted to update you on a few quick things before we head off.
Please Check out the newly updated website: http://www.kasiisiproject.org/KPGirlSupport/KP_Girls_Support_Program.html
You may follow our blogs while we're away. Sarah's in not up and running yet, but once it is you will be able to find it on the Kasiisi Project website. I am bloging for change.org at: http://globalservice.change.org/blog?guest_blogger_id=257
You may also follow us on twitter @KPGirls
Have a wonderful summer and we'll check in again when we've returned!
Lots of good news...
First I want to thank you thank you thank you (webale muno, muno, muno) from the girls of Kasiisi Project for contributing to "Affordable Sanitary Pads for 1500 Ugandan Girls" during the recent challenge. As a result of your contributions, we can came in 1st place for number of donors (!) and 2nd place for total funds raised. This means we also received a $3,000 bonus toward the project! Additionally, because we exceeded $4,000 and 50 donors, our project now has a permanent spot on GlobalGiving!
As for project updates...
Yesterday, I spoke on the phone Professor Moses Musaazi, the inventor of MakaPads. Sarah and I will work conduct field research with him this summer. Likewise, initial implementation will begin in a few weeks when surveys, interviews, and general preparation begin at the affiliated schools. More to come later in the summer once there is more concrete information to relay.
In the meantime you can follow the progress of this and other programs through the website www.kasiisiproject.org
Thank you again for all your support. Through your generous donations we will be able to provide the salary for a female community health worker, donate biodegradable sanitary pads to keep girls in school, and open up the possibility to train additional peer leaders through the Jane Goodall Institute (and even more to come in the future).
I also ask that you please comment on our site with any feedback.
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