Entrepreneurial activities in Kasiisi Project Schools

Harvesting Cassava

Canibal Dad
Goats at Kyanyawara School
Reaping the rewards of hard work – Lunch

The Kasiisi Project has a new program. The Kasiisi Project Entrepreneurial Development program or KPED was founded in response to a desire by our schools to start income generating activities, both for their own needs and to help the local community.

Led by old Kasiisi Project friends Cindy Mahr and Pam Bator, KPED  held meetings with school principals, teachers and parents last July to begin to identify strategies to reach this goal.

Kyanyawara Students weeding bananas

Learning how other organizations, already involved in similar projects, have been successful, was a springboard for our schools to think about how the experiences of others could be adapted  to their special needs.

Use every space available,Gardens tucked in beside the bathrooms

This is early days, but during the past 6 months we have seen the beginnings of several projects, mainly agricultural,  that both
generate small amounts of cash and supplement school lunch programs.
 Kyanyawara school in particular has shown great enthusiasm for this approach, with every spare piece of land being cultivated even going as far as to share the kindergarten classroom with chickens during the holidays. Pumpkins and bananas, cassava and cabbages grew well under the careful attention of individual classes, school clubs, parents and teachers, They also have hens,  rabbits and goats. Their enthusiasm has been rewarded by a small grant from UNICEF to buy more seeds and equipment.

Lesson in the classroom

Everyone is learning fast – for example the fact that male rabbits have to be removed from their mates before babies arrive or they eat them was one new lesson for the children at Kyanyawara. Another was the amazing idea that you can grown greens in sacks even if you don’t have enough land.
These projects are having a secondary benefit for our children, the majority of whom will end up as farmers, as they also teach sustainable farming practices.

And outside
Pumpkin Harvest – Kyanyawara school

We are also seeing more parental investment in the schools as a result of this approach. For example, at Kyanyawara, donations from parents have raised 1/3 of the money needed to buy more land to support school feeding and educational projects and at Kasiisi, latrines for the new nursery school, another income generating project,  are the gift of a parent.

 
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One Response to Entrepreneurial activities in Kasiisi Project Schools

  1. Pam says:

    Thank you for this update! Terrific news that things are moving forward.

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