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, October 1, 2011

volunteer update!

Last week we took pictures of all the children at the Arise and Shine Nursery and Care Home. So that everybody can soon be able to have a look at the smiling face of each child on our website. A week ago we had a big party for Sharif and Ruth. It was their very first birthday, both are 1 year old now !!!! We organized a game (the children had to find candies in the garden), played with baloons and also had a nice lunch with Pilau, meet and fruit. On the same day we also received lots of rice, flour,a big package of cloths and some toys.We would like to send on our thanks to the Stewarts for all their support. For the Cloths, a big thank you to Auntie Rosanna Tuffo! One of our past volunteers.We thank her for Keeping involved in the Arise and shine Uganda activities even though her time here in Uganda ended.We also want to thank her family and friends for the support they are giving towards the babies at the children's care home.The babies all looked smart during the birthday event! And the candies were a super treat.                

In the village, both projects are successfully being continued. For the beads project, we finished separating the good beads from the bad ones and counted them to make packages with money to pay the women after one and a half months. The women were so happy to get some payment again!!! We also managed to collect a big box of papers for making the beads so that the project can be continued. 3 weeks ago, we started a new beads session in Kibuye village. We are looking forward to the next meeting this week, when the women from both villages, Kibuye and Bandali, will all come together.
The candle project is doing well too. We have started making candles with different shapes, sizes and colours, But we have to still search for a good market, so we can give a payment to the women making candles too. Otherwise, the projects are all going on well, ladies are so happy to be involved in the income generating projects.Good news is that we sold alot of beads these past weeks again, a big thank you to the stewarts for all this support. They purchased alot of beads for themselves and for their friends as well.This will enable us to pay the beads ladies these coming weeks!Furthermore, we are happy to tell you all that the school received more school uniforms . It is so exciting  now that every child has their uniform! The kids all look like little flowers in the school compound.They sure love their orange uniforms and are always excited to wear their uniforms to school each morning.School should be exciting at all times. At Arise and Shine Nursery and primary school we try to make an exciting school environment for the children.More photos on the school will be coming up soon.
We are still working on our website, but we encourage everyone to check it out as there is lots of information on the ongoing projects as well.We also like to hear from you, you can send us feed back through commenting on the sites or emailing us directly through the web site if you go to the "contact us section".

 compiled by: Mary, Husna, Anke and Ida

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