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.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Looking on the brighter side, at AASU we received 8 new volunteers who are working with us for a time ranging from 6 to 8 weeks. They are working at the baby’s home and the village projects as well for the rest of their stay . They will be working in the community education, supporting and facilitating livelihoods, helping community members set up back yard gardens of fruits and vegetables as a follow-up of the nutrition session that our last volunteers delivered in kibuye village.