These new piglets are in desperate need of a new piggery as space is now becoming a real issue on the school farm. Luckily, funds raised by Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, in the UK have come to the rescue and a brand new piggery is being built.Continue Reading... No Comments.
As part of their Green Schools Initiative, the Guardian’s journalist Matthew Jenkin explores the educational and environmental issues involved in the process of harnessing the power from human waste at Kasiisi Primary School (11 February 2016). See http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/green-schools. The photo here shows children making plastic bottle bricks, filled with soil as part of the biodigester latrine walls, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Andy, who has come to us through The International Exchange, is spending about a month volunteering with the Kasiisi Project. The objective will be to help ‘sell’ the Project Guesthouse and help ensure we have a steady stream of tourists all year round. This will not only generate income, but it will also help our Ugandan partners support more […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Scholarship students Chris and James help with the mixing of chicken feed.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The first of two latrine blocks due to be built at Kiamara School is nearly finished, thanks to funding from the British and Foreign Schools Society. The work will continue on the rest of this project, involving three schools, over the coming months.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Among the crops thriving on the Kasiisi School farm are matoke (banana) trees and (so far very small) mango trees. Now David is experimenting with mushrooms too. This variety should not only be good for sales, and therefore for subsidising porridge, but also for attracting visitors and students of good and interesting farming practices.Continue Reading... No Comments.
David gets some help with his work while passing on valuable information to another of our Project schools, Kigarama Primary School.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Peter Stebbings Memorial Trust has granted the Kasiisi Porridge Project sufficient funds to build an underground water tank which will allow storage of enough water throughout the year for the needs of the farm and the people working on it, for at least 20 years. Work will start soon, despite this being the rainy […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Building has started at Kiamara Primary School – there will be five new latrines, resulting from the grant awarded by the British and Foreign School Society, to whom we are very grateful.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Many congratulations to Musingu Moses who has been appointed Head of Kasiisi Primary School following the prestigious promotion of our previous Head, Lydia Kasenene to the post of Deputy District Education Officer for Kabarole District. Moses has taught for many years at Kasiisi and brings a wealth of experience and understanding to the job. We welcome […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Among other innovations being brought to our Farm, David is introducing permaculture in the form of permagardening. This is a technique that integrates water-saving methods, companion planting and organic soil fertility. The method is especially useful during the rainy season, when heavy rains can wash away nutrient-rich topsoil. Permagardening in Africa has been shown to increase vegetable […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Although we have a number of large water barrels to retrieve rainwater from the farm building gutters, it is never enough, and the rainfall is increasingly unpredictable. Our next major challenge is to raise enough funds to install an underground tank to prevent the expensive and time-consuming need to carry water from the river up to the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As promised, a new solar panel has been installed on the roof of our Volunteer House, giving power for light, mobile phones etc. Peace Corps volunteer, David McHolland is among those to be delighted with its arrival. Many thanks indeed to our four generous donors. Click on Continue Reading, below, for more photos.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Our new Peace Corps volunteer David McHolland held a meeting with farmer Abel and Field Director Pam Otali on the vernanda our Peter Stebbings-funded farm accommodation, soon after his arrival. He will be living in this house, which will shortly have solar powered electricity, part funded by an anonymous donor and matched by three of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last month we harvested our first honey from the beehives on our Kasiisi School Farm – 10 litres. Not a huge harvest but our hives are new and the dry season has been quite wet which affects the yield. It was a magical experience, very dark with wonderful […]Continue Reading... No Comments.