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, December 23, 2011


18-24th December:
I spent 3 days in Kamoli-Kibuye village and i have seen and felt things I never had before. Good planning is the key to survival here; always have enough water and food. Water, electricity and food was easily available in my country, here they are none to waste. Definitely, I learnt things about myself and start to appreciate things a little more.
I was looking forward to making an impact on the community, but it was the holiday period, for the villagers too so there’s only so much I could do. Nevertheless, how much I want to achieve here is pretty much up to me. I learnt Lusoga and Luganda in order to communicate and teach the villagers more effectively, and it was really helpful when it came to Adult Literacy Project. 
I was glad that Arise and Shine has came up with Wood-Saving Stove Project and a tree-planting initiative to help the environment. It has long-term aim and was sustainable too. We did some weeding; though it was just a few trees, I was pleased to do my part for the environment. 
I genuinely want to do part for Uganda and Africa, but it seems like my duration and period of volunteering is not an ideal one. Looking at how things are going now, I hope I will get an invaluable insight and exposure to different projects and experience such that I have a better idea of making an impact the next time when I come to Africa for volunteering projects.

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