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.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Some of our products

 The majority of Arise and Shine Uganda’s project funds come from people buying and selling our beautiful handmade products. All of our products are made by ladies that previously had little or no income, as a way of earning money to support their families. As our paper bead necklaces and jewellery have proved to be popular, we have decided to diversify our range and are in the process of making fabric beaded jewellery as well. This new range means that we are able to employ and train more women. At the moment we are trialling the jewellery being made by women in town, but with the imminent arrival of our international volunteers, we also hope to be able to set up a fabric bead making group in the village as part of our community outreach work there.

We are looking forward to being able to post pictures of our new products soon!

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