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.
Dec 3, 2015

Reusable Menstrual Pads

Teachers cutting fabric
Teachers cutting fabric

 

The Kasiisi Project provides sanitary pads and underwear to all menstruating girls in five of our project schools. However, we do not have the resources to expand this project to the other nine Kasiisi Project Schools. One way to reach more schools, girls and to make the program more sustainable, is to promote Reusable Menstrual Pads . Workshops on how to make the reuasble pads have been held in two schools, students and teachers attended the workshop and our plan is to bring this technology to all our schools!

 

Previously the Kasiisi Project has attempted to introduce reusable pads, but the efforts have been met with resistance from our health care workers due to issues of proper washing and drying of the pads. Menstrual hygiene and proper care of the pads are an integral component to these new workshops!

 

Some of the recent feedback we have recieved on the reusable pads include:

- They do not leak at night or during the day

-Wash them today and you can use it again tomorrow

- Work as good as a manufactured pad that you can buy

-You don't have to throw them away, you just clean it

-Other family members (mothers and sisters) want to learn how to make them

 

The Kasiisi Project wishes you all a happy holiday season and a healthy 2016 !
 

Children making pads
Children making pads
Young boy helping make pads
Young boy helping make pads
Group shot after making pads
Group shot after making pads
Sep 15, 2015

Project of the Month

The Kasiisi Project "Sanitary Pads Keeps Ugandan Girls in School" project has been selected as Global Givings Project of the Month for Spetember, 2015 ! 

 Our staff in Uganda was immediately relayed the exciting news and their reactions were priceless! Everyone had great ideas on how we could use the gift to further our programs related to sanitary pad distribution and sexual health education. 

The extra support Global Giving will provide this month will allow for extra materials and trainings for our peer education program, which trains young women to be peer educators in their schools and inform other girls (and refute myths) about reproductive health, menstruation, puberty and relationships with boys.  The peer educators are taught by our community health worker who circulates between the primary schools giving lessons and handing out sanitary pads. 

We hope you are all as excited as we are that we were chosen as Project of the Month! 

May 14, 2015

Girl's Dormitories open at Kasiisi Primary School

New Dorm
New Dorm

The girls’ wing of the dormitories at Kasiisi Primary School opened last month at the start of the new school year, adding to the suite of girl focused interventions we have initiated to keep them in school.

Girls face many challenges to getting a good education. We have addressed their unique biology with sanitary supplies, girl friendly latrines and sexual health education. However long walks to school,  chores at home and lack of light to do homework by also interfere with academic progress. Our students cite issues of sexual harassment on the way to school and fear of rape – concerns their parents share and which lead them to keep adolescent girls at home. In addition to these advantages, boarding students also have access to extra academic support and the school library.

 So if you are interested in supporting girls please consider a donation to our dormitory!

On a side not, 2014 was Kasiisi Project Schools' best year yet academically! Kasiisi Primary School attained the second best score in the 2014 Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) for a government primary schools in the whole of Kabarole District  with 76% of its students attaining Grade 1 passes. For the first time we had students with an aggregate score of 5 – a girl at Kigarama and a boy at Kiko. The best score possible is a 4.

Now we would like to give the most able of them a chance at a high quality secondary education and the brightest future possible.

Has it been in your mind that you might like to sponsor one of our students for secondary school but haven’t quite got around to doing it? Can you commit to 4 years of a full or partial scholarship? Can you do it this year? 

If you are interested please contact elizabeth@kasiisiproject.org and we will give you all the details.

In the meantime congratulations and huge thanks to everyone who has helped our schools excel – either with generous contributions, hard work or both!

Girl and Dorm Bed
Girl and Dorm Bed
Dorm Dining Hall
Dorm Dining Hall
Thank You!
Thank You!
 
   

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