Looking for fun and unique ways to connect kids with nature and wildlife during school closures? We’re here for help! Throughout the summer, we'll be sharing at-home activities and online learning resources to help bring Uganda's wildlife into your home.
In honor of our closest cousin in the animal kingdom, happy World Chimpanzee Day! Today is a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection and conservation in the wild and in captivity.
We need to talk about periods. And not the much-loved punctuation, but the big red elephant in the room. And while hardly dinner-table conversation, periods have a dramatic and yet under-discussed impact on health, education, and conservation in the developing world.
Rutooma Primary School, one of our newer schools, has won the 2018 Kasiisi Project/Kibale Forest Schools’ Program Music, Dance & Drama Competition. Competition was stiff, and they narrowly beat Kasiisi Primary School in the run-off competition.
On July 31st, our wildlife clubs celebrated Elephant Pride Day. Over 300 children from 16 forest-edge schools marched with banners and bands through nine different villages and trading centers. Children performed skits, shared poems and sang songs about elephants for audiences of almost 1,600 villagers. Representatives from the Uganda Wildlife Authority accompanied the children and fielded questions, including some tough ones about crop raiding.
The Kasiisi Project's Improved Cookstove Initiative is one of 10 finalists selected from over 200 entries to Solution Search's Climate Change needs Behavior Change competition. Two prizes of $25,000 will be awarded to the Judges' Choice (selected by Solution Search's panel) and People's Choice (recipient of most votes).
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a preventable cause of cervical cancer for which there is a vaccine. Vaccinations against HPV are of particular importance for rural girls as few of them ever get cervical cancer screening. The vaccine is free and available at local clinics in Uganda, but there is no money to take health workers into schools to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine and gets a full regimen. In the last month we have facilitated HPV vaccinations for over 1,000 girls in Kasiisi Project Schools. The Kibale Forest Schools’ Program/Kasiisi Project health team liaised between schools and clinics, organized parental letters of consent and funded transport of health workers to all 16 schools.
The Kasiisi Project is the first and currently only program in Africa (that bee in the middle of the map is us!) to join Broodminders – the Citizen Science Project that seeks to monitor hive conditions all over the world.
Broodminders are placed in the hives and constantly record temperature and humidity. This information is regularly downloaded onto tablets and then uploaded to the cloud, where it becomes available to everyone engaged in the project.
Thanks to generous contributions from the Waterloo Foundation (UK) , Dry Creek Charity and First Parish Church, Weston, Kiko Primary Schools’ children have a long future of plentiful, year-round clean water from their own borehole. Currently schools rely on rain water catchment systems which run out quickly during the two dry seasons.
Kasiisi Scholar Imelda Imetur, is working at Entebbe Airport as one of two dog handlers (both women) searching for illegal ivory in bags leaving Uganda. Imelda, who followed high school with a spell in local radio and later a diploma in tourism, has been working for the Uganda Wildlife Authority for a few years.
It's so nice when our kids are working to save Uganda’s wildlife! Her dog is from Israel, so Imelda is learning commands in Hebrew.
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