More exciting news is that this year for the first time ever, two girls were the top of their class in Kasiisi Project Schools and recieved Kasiisi Project Scholarships to attend secondary school! Please visit http://www.kasiisiproject.org/what-we-do/scholarships/ to learn more about our scholarship program!
Amazing News: This past year, the top three performing students at the Kasiisi schools were GIRLS. It's so wonderful to see the gap between girls' and boys' results narrowing so rapidly. The younger girls have role models that show that girls can be truly successful.
Quick update on myself: In two days I am moving to Port Elizabeth, South Africa on a Fulbright for the year...but don't worry... I will continue reporting with updates from Elizabeth Ross (Kasiisi Executive Director) on all the wonderful things happening in Uganda. There may also be reports from various other Kasiisi staff members to help keep everyone up to date! At the rate we're going now, 2012 is going to be a very exciting year for Kasiisi.
Please, as always, feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns/suggestions.
As promised, an exciting new update... WE ARE BUILDING DORMS at Kasiisi Primary School for 50 girls. Its really important that we succeed in creating a safe place for girls after school to significantly reduce the sexual overtures on the long walk home from school in the dark.
We've made great progress on the construction need some final touches:
Finishing the floors
Glazing the windows
Painting (bright colors!)
Installing electric lighting
Equipping them with furniture and beds
Please help us this holiday season by giving a little extra to finish this dormitory project! It will allow girls to have more time to dedicate to their studies and protect them from the dangers of a walk home in the dark.
"I want a dormitory because it protects us against the boys who offer us money on the way home. Being in a dormitory protects you from moving alone and in dark corners at night and you don’t get defiled" - Grace
Please see the attached PDF for more quotes from the primary school girls.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thanks again for your continued support. I'm constantly amazed by the progress we are making thanks to Elizabeth Ross and the Kasiisi team in Uganda.
Thanks again for your continued support. Its amazing how quickly the Girls Program has been able to scale thanks to your generous donations. Please find November's update attached in a PDF file. Also... keep an eye out for next month's update! We'll be sharing some exciting news about the scale of the peer education program (hint: more schools, more girls) and a brand new initiative to help keep girls safer at school.
Thank you again and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!
I thought you all would love to see a few examples of notes that some girls wrote to Nurse Lucy. They absolutely adore her and its been amazing to hear how much they trust her. Thank you again for your continued support.
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