CanILF established a second project to benefit the Women’s Empowerment Program at St. Paul’s Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans (KAASO) via its Uganda Literacy and Education Program (ULEP). The Women’s Empowerment Program provides women in the community with education in basic literacy, business and traditional artisanry. KAASO is a primary school, orphanage, and adult education centre in the rural district of Rakai, Uganda.
The school was originally intended for orphans or adults who never had the opportunity to attend school, but has since grown to have a wider purpose and is currently used as a base for many community empowerment and development projects, such as adult literacy programs, women’s empowerment groups, and community library services. The ultimate goal for KAASO is to empower and equip the community as a whole to enable them to bring their children into a brighter future.
HIV/AIDS awareness has become a top priority for both the school and community outreach programs. Uganda has been called “the birthplace” of AIDS; some of the earliest known cases can be traced to the Rakai district. Although education and sensitization programs have helped contribute to decreasing the prevalence rate, some 15% of people in Rakai are still living with HIV/AIDS, significantly higher than the national average.
CanILF began this partnership by supporting KAASO’s Women’s Empowerment program. This project provides female students with the skills needed to obtain employment and provide for their families. Promoting basic literacy in the local language (Luganda) is currently CanILF’s main concern.
Financial support from CanILF was used to pay for student scholarships and educational equipment, including the costs of a teacher, electricity, textbooks, computers and other materials required for providing an effective education for these women.
Following several years of successful operation, CanILF concluded its Uganda Literacy and Education Program in mid-2013. Due to the program’s success, we are confident that the Women’s Empowerment Program will continue at KAASO for many years to come.