The Kasiisi Porridge Project gives rural schoolchildren living near the Kibale National Park in western Uganda a meal every day, helping to keep them in school and improving their health, attendance and academic achievement. The money we raise gives a daily mug of porridge to some 1,500 children at Kasiisi and Kyanyawara primary schools, who would otherwise go the whole school day without food. The cost of porridge for one child is less than £20 a year, which is beyond the means of most families.
Most importantly, we are funding a development that transforms 20 acres of land in the area into a school / community farm. The aim is for the farm to generate income which will contribute to the provision of porridge.
Rearing chickens for eggs is the first way of making money, and has been underway since February 2012. It will be two years before the farm produces enough subsidise the porridge programme. Until then we are relying on your donations to buy porridge for the children. You can help by donating to the charity
The charity’s founder and director is Kate Wrangham-Briggs, MA. She was asked by the school management committee in 2005 to help improve the health of the children and their ability to concentrate by starting a school lunch programme.
Based near Sandy, Bedfordshire, we work in partnership with the US-based Kasiisi Project, and work in Uganda through the KFSP (Kibale Forest Schools Project). The Kasiisi Porridge Project is an independent British-registered charity.
The Kasiisi Porridge Project is fortunate to have two patrons: TV Chef and entertainer Ainsley Harriott, and Professor Robert Hazell CBE. We are grateful to both of them for their support and generosity.
The charity is currently run by a group of 5 trustees who meet regularly, help fundraise and four of whom have been to Kasiisi: Kate Wrangham-Briggs (Director), Alan Briggs (Treasurer), Patrick Smith, Rosalind White, Sue Wilby.
Phase 1: raise £100,000 to help feed primary schoolchildren at two schools in Western Uganda.
Phase 2: help the farm to generate income which will contribute to the provision of porridge.
The practical start date for Phase 2 was July 2011, with the arrival of two British volunteer architects at Kasiisi. They worked with the local community to design and initiate the building of a farm complex. To read more about our latest work, head to our news section
See Anita’s story, and the first years of porridge: