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.
Feb 25, 2016

Latrines for Girls

Crumbling Latrines
Crumbling Latrines

The Kasiisi Project Girls Support Program has worked diligently to build girl friendly latrines with washing facilities at 5 of the project primary schools. These latrines allow the girls the space and privacy to take care of feminine issues which used to keep the girls from attending school altogether. 

Because of the success of the latrine project, the Kasiisi Project is now trying to expand girl specific latrine construction to all 14 schools associated with the Kasiisi Project, as well as maintain the latrines at the 5 core project schools. Just last month, an old latrine block at the Kasiisi Primary School Collapsed leaving just four cubicles and two washrooms for over 500 girls.

Adequate sanitation is profoundly an issue of dignity. Without proper sanitation, young girls miss school when they are menstruating, causing them to lag behind their male peers in the classroom.

The Kasiisi Project is committed to providing sanitary pads to young girls in primary school, as well as proper latrines. Research has shown that these two programs can keep girls in school and learning!

Attendence of girls continues to rise in Kasiis Project schools and we would like to THANK YOU for your continued support!  

New latrines
New latrines
Primary school girls
Primary school 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! 

 
   

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