Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School

by The Kasiisi Project (Girls Support Program)
Sep 28, 2009

Returned from Uganda

New Motor Bike for administrative aspects of Kasiisi Project
New Motor Bike for administrative aspects of Kasiisi Project

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for your continued support.

Sarah and I just got back from a six week trip to Uganda.

“We spent the first four weeks in Kampala, Uganda. During this time we worked with the director of Technology 4 Tomorrow, Dr. Moses Musaazi, a professor and inventor at Makerere University. It is Dr. Musaazi who created and engineered MakaPads. With his small staff, we learned more about the product, production, and future possibilities of this important product for young women and old. To support Dr. Musaazi’s research, we spent the majority of our time in Kampala interviewing women employed through the production of MakaPads, visiting local NGOs, band, embassies, UN organizations discussing possibilities for CSR investments.

The following two weeks we were in the Kabarole District working with Kasiisi Project Girls' Support Program. We (Sarah, Lucy-the local nurse, and I) worked the five primary schools, working with the head masters, head women (responsible for guiding and counseling the girls), P5, P6 and P7 girls, as well as the peer educators at Kasiisi Primary School.

Many promising and exciting connections and solid groundwork was accomplished including a potential partnership with UNICEF, increased number of workshops through Jane Goodall Institute to train peer educators, a plan for the CHW to work in the schools 2x a week with first aid and girls support programs, and even seedlings toward a MakaPad operations plant in Ft. Portal which will employ single mothers of school aged children.

Attached are a few photos and links to see more of what we've done!

Best Wishes. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail if you would like more information or if you have any suggestions.

Lucy (nurse/ CHW) works with primary school girls  2x a week
Lucy (nurse/ CHW) works with primary school girls 2x a week
Interviews/ Q&A at Rweteera Primary School
Interviews/ Q&A at Rweteera Primary School



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