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.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Arise and Shine Uganda Nursery & Care Home opened in December 2010. There are many orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children living in difficult situations throughout Uganda and when the opportunity arose for AASU to help - of course we couldn't say no.
Following the success of AASU and BEHOD's joint awareness raising project 'the festival to make THE difference' many organisations, companies and corporate bussinesses offered to donate funds and various items towards the cause of opening up the Nursery & Care home in Jinja.
Since opening, we now have 10 children in the home and it has been a great joy to watch each one of them blossom in health and spirit.
Initially, the Care Home was temporarily located at wako close but with great joy we have now moved to our permanent residence in Mpumudde division.
We hope to be able to house 20 children in total, 15 children being under the Arise and Shine Uganda program and 5 sponsored by our partner organisation Bulungi Uganda.
If you are interested in donating either your time or any useful items to the home, we are always grateful for any support we can get. For images of the children please see either Nursery & Care Home or or our Project Gallery.