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.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School opened in February and throughout March has seen more pupils enrolling. Those already attending the school are progressing in leaps and bounds, particularly with their language skills. It is really satisfying to witness that all the hard work of fundraising, building and opening the school was worthwhile, giving these students the opportunity to begin the achieve their potential. In April AASU is completing the ‘aesthetic’ finishing touches to the school as well as conducting additional teacher training workshops during Easter holidays. We also hope that more students register for classes after the break.
During March Arise and Shine Nursery and Care Home relocated to a great new house in a safe area with plenty of room for our increasing number of children. After the initial chaos of moving, we are now fully settled in and (with great thanks to Eric and The Madhivani’s) we have been able to establish a regular feeding program ensuring a varied and nutritious diet for the children.
Now that we have entered April, we at AASU hope to be able to turn our focus towards expanding ourCommunity Education and Community Outreach programs, ahead of our first interns arriving in May (who we hope will be able to help us continue with establishing these projects). It looks like it’s going to be another busy month - and with rains finally arriving in the village, we hope to be able to precede, full steam ahead.