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.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New years greetings and the new house

Our dear readers, the Arise and Shine family. Where do we start from after that long time of not hearing from us? Our apologies again and again. But on our side all has been well, starting with a great Christmas celebration. Thanks to Winnie Kaniar who made our Christmas such a memorable one! She donated to Arise and shine so our babies and all the children could have a great Christmas celebration and indeed it was a special day for all of us.
We started the day with going to the swimming pool. This went on until 12:00 O'clock, the children then started getting hungry and whiny. We then headed home to a very delicious meal prepared by our favorite cook Margret. We had a variety of dishes all Ugandan food ( Matooke, rice, meat, chicken among others) we also had a treat that got all the children so excited! That was the Soda. And shortly after all children went hyper and overly excited. The Christmas spirit was present! We then shared a Brazilian meal "brigadeiro"   a very sweet dish prepared by the Brazilian volunteers. It was approved by the babies and they just couldn't stop eating. They also had a visit by Santa Claus! With all the presents, a very new thing for the children.
 To date, the children still share their story of Christmas and everything that happened on the day.
It is January now and a lot is happening in the organisation. Through our first year of operation, we needed some changes but because of the limited funds these changes were not possible. This year with all your support, Arise and Shine is able to make these changes! The Arise and Shine children's care home has been a great home for this year, it was so much better than what we had before and also better than what our children have ever had in their lives. But it needed some changes. Our compound was so tiny, not big enough for the children to run around . It was always so sad seeing the children crowding up in the house as the outside was too hot to play. At Arise and Shine, we know that play is a big part of a child's development. And we always wished to give as much as we could to our children. This was not a possibility for genuine reasons. Bless our children! They don't know any better. They came from worse and they thought this was great but we as Arise and shine staff knew what was best for the children.
At the start of January, we started a house hunt. It went on for 2 weeks. But we are happy to inform you about our greatest news. We found a place with everything we ever wished for! Massive bedrooms, massive compound where we can build a play ground and still have plenty of space to play foot ball and run around. A place we will call home for the coming years. We are thrilled with joy! . Photos of the house will can be seen on our facebook page and on the website.
Arise and Shine is making progress, we are so glad! But this is all because of you, one that takes a minute to think about the orphans and abandoned children in Uganda. You who saves money out of your daily spending, to give to a child so far away. A child that has seen nothing but hardship in their life and a child whose hope for survival  lies in other peoples kindness and generosity. Today we as Arise and shine, we would like to pass on our thanks on behalf of this child. Thank you for supporting a child and changing their story.We are truly grateful ,for you are more than a friend.We call you our family.And especially to the children we serve, you are the family they have never had.Thank you for the support! We look forward to what we can achieve together in this new year as we aim at rescuing more children in vulnerable situations.The orphaned and abandoned children in Uganda. Stay and fight with us, together we can make a difference!

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