The final of the 2018 Kasiisi Project/Kibale Forest Schools’ Program Music Dance and Drama Competitions was won by one of our new schools – Rutooma Primary School – in a close run off with Kasiisi Primary School.The theme this year was Working Together for Health. School teams developed skits, poems and songs that informed fellow students about health issues in an engaging way. Members of the Kasiisi Project Health Team visited all 16 of our schools to watch teams perform for their peers, and selected the best 6 for the final competition at Kasiisi Primary School – Kigarama, Kasiisi, Rweteera, Rutooma, Kyanyawara, and Pere Achte.Congratulations Rutooma!
The Kasiisi Project has been busy working with staff and volunteers to ensure the young girls in the Kasiisi Schools are getting sanitary pads so that they can stay in school! We are dedicated to this cause and continue to work on making the distribution of sanitary pads sustainable in these rural Ugandan schools. The Kasiisi Project is also working with local clinics to facilitate the transport of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to Kasiisi Schools and assist in accessing children, with parental consent, to vaccinate. The clinics will be vaccinating approximately 1000 ten year old children and ensuring these children get all three doses of the vaccination! We are proud to work with these clinics to ensure these children do not get HPV. For more information on HPV see the CDC website:
The Kasiisi Project wants to ensure that the Girls from Kasiisi Project Schools have accurate reproductive education. So we are starting a new initative to get the girls parents involved! This has historically been a cultural taboo but the Kasiisi Project is working closely with families to fight this taboo and create broader access to information.
Greater family mobility means that Aunts and Uncles, traditional sources of sexual information and advice, are now often living far away and parents are hampered by cultural taboos that prevent them talking to their children about sex.
Mothers and fathers in our schools have welcomed our innovative new project that will help them talk to their children about reproductive health by providing accurate information and effective communication skills.
Last week, the Kasiisi Project health team went to Rutooma Primary School to hold RUMPS (reusable menstrual pads) training with twenty girls, five boys and five teachers. This group will be the future trainers of RUMPS at this rural school. They will spread their knowledge to other students, teachers and community members. Students and teachers worked together in three groups to make a complete RUMP ! Great job Rutooma.
Additionally, the Kasiisi Project health team just held a meeting with school representatives, representatives from local clinics and village health teams to plan the girls health programs for 2018. The meeting was a success with lots of ideas, collaboration and exciting projects to come.
The Kasiisi Project provides sanitary pads and underwear to all menstruating girls in 5 schools. One way to reach more schools and to make the program more sustainable, is to teach others to make Reusable Menstrual Pads (RUMPS). RUMPS workshops have been held in schools for students and teachers, girls and boys, and plans are to bring this technology to all our schools.
In November, a group of 8 Village Health Teams (VHTs), 7 health workers, 14 parents, 3 teachers and 22 pupils adding up to 54 people attended a RUMPs training where pupils together with their teachers, and a VHT trained health workers, VHTs, patients and parents on how to make RUMPs.
Pupils started by explaining to the trainees the reasons why they are choosing to make and use RUMPs. They explained with support from KFSP health staff and their teachers the different materials needed and how to make RUMPs. Later after theoretical explanations and questions, trainees were grouped in five groups of pupils, health workers, parents and VHTs with all the necessary materials for hands-on training and explanations led by pupils. Each group made one RUMP through giving every trainee in the group the opportunity to participate. Trainees showed a lot of interest and appreciated the initiative taken by KFSP to train pupils and the entire community on how to make RUMPs. The Kasiisi Project is very excited and proud of the RUMPs project.
The Kasiisi Project wants to thank you all for your generosity in 2017 and wishes you the best in 2018!
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