The Kasiisi Project was busy in 2016! We look forward to another successful year in 2017 !
In 2016, the Kasiisi Project continued their mobile health care clinic, where we provide 2-3 members of our staff as clinical officers - a nurse, a medical officer and a lab technician - 2 days a week to the Kibale National Park Uganda Wildlife Authority Mobile Clinic. The clinic delivers health care to villages around Kibale National Park, which are far from other medical resources.
We have also completed 5 blocks of girl friendly latrines with washrooms at 4 Kasiisi project Schools – Kiamara, Kasenda, Iruhuura and Nyabweya Primary School.
Lastly, the Kasiisi School Dormitory, which opened in February 2014 with 8 girls is continuing to grow. By September 2016 the number of current boarders numbered 77 – approximately 2/3 girls. Boarding facilities provide students with more study time, regular food, academic support and tutoring resulting in much better exam results than day students.
We hope to keep up the momentum in 2017! Thank you for all your donations
Thanks to a special Kibale Forest Schools’ Program summer volunteer the girls at Kasiisi Primary School are becoming expert bare foot soccer players! In general, soccer is not a game that girls play in Uganda. Rural girls usually play netball – a forerunner of basket ball. However, as a result of regular coaching this summer, the Kasiisi Girls’ Soccer Team competed at the Sub-County level in 2016 for the first time – their first match was August 12th. We are so proud of the Kasiisi girls for giving soccer a try !
Additionally, this summer Kasiisi Primary School hosted a parents day! Boy and girl scouts showed off their activities, building fuel efficient, low emission stoves and camp shelters, and the Kasiisi Project Health Team demonstrated RUMPS (re-useable menstrual pads), tippy-taps for hand washing , dish racks for safe drying of eating utensils and storage of food, and small gardens designed for more intensive agriculture. As always the school and parents expressed their gratitude for everything that generous donors to the Kasiisi Project have done to improve their school.
The Kasiisi Project recently completed a dormitory at Kasiisi Primary School for elementary school girls and boys. The dorm is a signfigant project, not only because of its scale, but also because the dormitory provides a safe place for young children to live, study, eat and have no commute to and from school! The children are able to focus on their studies. The dormitory is especially good for young girls who face lots of challenges while commuting many miles to school, these risks included older boys and men requesting sex in exchange for rides to school, money for books etc. Studies show for every year a girl stays in school her risks of HIV infection reduces 7% and her first pregnancy is delayed a year.
In February the Kasiisi Dormitory opened its second year of operation. In the first year boarders performed 16% better than day students in their primary leave exams. Enrollment has swelled to 73 children, 70% are girls.
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