Kibuye Project overview

AASU’s first community project is focusing on the village of Kibuye in North Eastern Kamuli, on the shores of the Victoria Nile. Kibuye has an estimated population of 60,000 people and is spread over 27 by 35km. The majority of the population is highly dependent on subsistence farming and barter trade within village in order to survive.

Before the project began, Kibuye was dependent upon one borehole for safe drinking water. Due to long lines when collecting water many have been choosing to fetch water from the river, which has caused illness through water born diseases. The village also only has one school, consisting of two classrooms accommodating roughly 600 children. The children that can’t walk the distance to the school simply don’t attend. The majority of children do not attend school, either due to distance or family circumstance, consequentially 80% of Ugandans over the age of 15 are illiterate.

So far within the Kibuye project AASU has been able to buy four acres of land at the East end of the village on which we have built a bore hole and are currently building classrooms for the Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School which is due to open for the start of the school year in February 2011.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kibuye Project Overview

Community Education and Advocacy

AASU has already begun to conduct community education programmes and hopes to be able to develop these as opportunities arise. There are many issues to be addressed such as the rights of women and girls, domestic violence, health (particularly regarding sexual health due to the culture of polygamy that increases individuals’ exposure to STDs), hygiene, diet and nutrition.

In order to provide the highest quality community education sessions, AASU attempts to use trained professional volunteers to partake in its programmes. We are currently recruiting a range of volunteers to assist with community education, if you are interested in helping in anyway please email us at

Adult Education

AASU also hopes to eventually be able to provide adult education opportunities for men and women who have either never attended or never completed school. By providing basic literacy and maths classes, along with vocational training and language classes AASU hopes to be to be able to assist Kibuye to develop as a community and to be able to interact and trade with other communities across the country. Those within Kibuye have shown great interest in adult education already, however due to limited funds and resources AASU is initially focusing on establishing the school and other projects before embarking on this – hopefully in the not too distant future.

Bore Hole

AASU has completed its first successful project in Kibuye by building a bore hole on the land we purchased at the East end of the village. Using local craftsmen and builders the bore hole is providing clean and safe drinking water to Kibuye. Prior to the installation of AASU’s borehole, the population of Kibuye depended on one borehole for safe drinking water. However as many would end up walking long distances and queuing for a long time in order to access the only bore hole, they would often choose the much quicker alternative of fetching unsafe/unclean water from the Victoria Nile, upon the banks of which Kibuye lies. AASU hopes that by providing another bore hole for the village, in a different area, as well as acting a safe source of water for AASU’s Nursery and Primary school, it will help to lower the number of illnesses and deaths in the village that have been attributed to lack of access to clean water.


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