Kisa Foundation USA
News Update
Donations spur construction and repairs to Kisa School
Students and teachers have been busy throughout January in painting and repairing classroom buildings around the Kisa Primary School campus. See more pictures in the gallery.
Christmas at Kisa Primary School
Alvin Mukwaya shows off the Christmas tree he made. Alvin is in Primary 4.
Kisa Primary School Fund Drive
Edward Muguluma makes this report on the results of the GoFundMe drive we recently held for Kisa Primary School: "Yesterday we bought 25 galvanised iron sheets to replace the worn out iron sheets at the nursery section which have been leaking during rainy seasons. On top of that we have also bought and installed a water purifier so as to curb down the typhoid which has been rampant in this term." Muguluma is Director of Studies at the school.

Over $1000 was raised in the drive, plus a former student at the school donated two milking cows. The milk will greatly enrich the diets of the children. There's still time to donate to this unique school which was founded to help families living with HIV-AIDS, and accepts students regardless of ability to pay. Photo Album

PHOTO ALBUM

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Peter Kibanyi's project connects prisoners and art
Peter Kibanyi, KFUSA Treasurer has started a new project to recognize and publicize artwork created by inmates in U.S. jails and prisons. The project, 1heartart.org was recently profiled in Huffington Post, an online news service.

1HeartArt raises funds for former inmates pursuing art, as well as for students whose parents are serving time in prison. They also offer a penpal program inviting anyone to write a letter and form a connection with an aspiring 1HeartArt artist.

1HeartArt is also sponsoring an art contest with the public as judges of the artwork. To see some of the artwork, check out the Huffington Post article, or go to the 1HeartArt.org website.

Photo, "Jazz" by Darrion Harris.

1heart.org website

KIFAD Workshop
We held a two-day bead-making and painting workshop for about 75 young people at Kiyita Family Alliance (KIFAD) in Nansana August 23-24. James Nsamba, Farouk Mukwaya and Peter Kalyongo were the teachers. The colorful beads are made from narrow strips cut from pages of discarded magazines. The strips are rolled up, then glued and varnished. Glue can be made from banana skins. The kids also created a large acrylic-on-canvas painting.
Children's Art Exhibition at Georgetown University
Uganda Art Consortium has joined with the Art in Kibera Project to host an exhibition of art by Ugandan and Kenyan children.

The Exhibition will be held at Georgetown University in Washington DC in the Inter Cultural Center Galleria Sept. 29th-30th and October 3rd-4th from 9AM to 9 PM.

Georgetown Associate Vice President Charles De Santis and Margaret Halpin, Dean in the School of Foreign Service conduct art classes for children every summer in the Art in Kibera program in Nairobi Kenya.

From Uganda, artwork from UAC's free kids art workshops at Sanyuko Ministries will also be on display. The show which is sponsored by the Georgetown African Interests Network, which will hold a reception Sept. 28 to open the exhibition and celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the group.
Kisa School Uses 5,000 liters of Water Every Day
Bathing, washing clothes and dishes, cooking and drinking for 400 kids plus about 50 staff people uses an enormous amount of water..about 5,000 liters a day. Kisa School depends on the municipal water supply for much of its needs, but the water, like the electric power is sporadic, and the pipes don't always flow. About 5 years ago, we installed a rainwater collection and storage system on the roofs of the main house and part of the main classroom building. This lets us collect and store about 15,000 liters, a three day supply. When we run out, we have to hire men with bicycles to haul water in jerrycans. We could save a lot of money if we could store more rainwater. So we are starting a fund-raising campaign to help us expand our rooftop water system. For $5,000 we can double our capacity and ease our dependence on hauling water.

You can help!

Photos of kids' painting workshop
In another art workshop at Kisa Primary School in April, children created a large oil painting based on the sketches and ideas of over 2 dozen children. We'll bring back the painting on our next rip to Uganda, and plan to display it in the U.S. later this year.

More Photos of kids painting workshops

Ugandan Art Sells in DC
Happy art buyer Ginny Hughes shows off the wood cut print she bought at Uganda Art Consortium's recent exhibition at Electric Maid Gallery in Washington DC. The print, "In African Design" by James Nsamba was one of over 2 dozen art works snapped up by eager buyers at the show. Proceeds from sales provide art therapy for HIV-AIDS patients and free children's art workshops in Uganda
DC Exhibition Opens April 8, but artists have visa troubles
Uganda Art Consortium's 2011 art exhibition opens April 8 at Electric Maid Community Exchange, 268 Carroll Street Northwest
in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Washington D.C.

The show will feature over 70 new paintings and prints by UAC artists including paintings and prints by Hassan Mukiibi, Kizito Fred Kakinda, Charles Mbaziira, Mathias Tusiime, James Nsamba, Ivan Muganga, Moses Kiganda, Mulago Hospital HIV-AIDS Patients and the Children of Kisa Primary School.

The opening reception will be held Friday April 8, 5-8 pm. The show will be open 10-8pm Saturday April 9 and noon-5pm Sunday April 10. Call Tom Herriman, (206) 353-5978 for more information.

Two of the artists, Mukiibi and Tusiime were invited by Kisa Foundation, the University of Florida and the University of Maryland to travel to the U.S. during the exhibition. Both have been denied visa by the U.S. State Department. It is notoriously difficult these days for foreign citizens to get visas to visit the U.S. Our State Department assumes that most visa applicants are just planning to illegally over-stay their visas. It is up to the applicant to prove that they intend to go back home when the visa expires.
Tusiime Stages Exhibition of his new work in Kampala
An exhibition of new work by Uganda Art Consortium member Mathias Tusiime opened in Kampala March 4. The work consists mainly of acrylic painting on heavily textured paper which Tusiime makes by hand. The exhibition which runs through April 4 is held at Woodside Furniture Store on the Lugogo Bypass.
IRS Grants 501 (c) (3) status to Kisa Foundation

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has recognized Kisa Foundation USA as a non-profit charitable organization. This means that contributions to KFUSA are tax-deductible by donors, and this should enhance our fund raising capabilities. The announcement came in a letter from the IRS delivered on Dec. 24th

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