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Kisa Primary Holds Old Student Celebration
By Edward Muguluma

Thirty-four former Kisa PS students organized a celebration at the school on November 17. School director Irene Kibukka usually wants to know where the children she helps go after graduating from Kisa primary school. So she called them to know how they are doing with life outside.

The celebration started with a parade around Nansana town being led by a band and joined in by all our students. We marched from Kisa primary school moving around the village localities up to the main road. Then we came back to school where some of the current students gave presentations about what they were learning in class.

Later, the Old Students (as they are called) told the current students about their jobs and lives today, and the importance of the education they received at Kisa. The Old Students all promised to help Kisa Primary School in the future to make sure the school can continue to provide good education for children from even the poorest families. Many of the Old Students were orphans and praised Madame Irene and Kisa School for helping them raise themselves out of poverty.

Some of the old students who attended were Najjuko Shanitah a secondary school teacher at WAKISO Muslim SSS; Nambatya Latifah working in Dubai; Namuyanja Angella a procurement officer at Rosefoam Mattress; Nalika Agatha who works with Kampala Police; Galabuzi Enock a secondary teacher at Masaka Hope SSS; Nakandi Shirat, Onyango Kelly, Kagezi Alex, Zalwango Catherine, Nalukwago Jane, Namata Immaculate among others.

The oldest old student was Namuyanja Angella who works at Rosefoam Mattresses as a procurement officer. She was adopted by Madame Irene and started at Kisa PS in 1998.

At the end of the day, we all felt a great sense of pride in our school and what has been accomplished over the years.
Kisa Old Boy Donates Sewing Machines
By Edward Muguluma

Mr. Masinga, one of our old students, last week surprised us with a donation of four sewing machines. He said he wanted to help our school because, "If it wasn't for Kisa Primary School giving me a scholarship for several years, I would never have been able to continue my education and become a successful businessman." He said he is inspired by our efforts to continue helping those in need, and he gave us the sewing machines to help equip our learners with practical skills which can help them in future. We are so grateful indeed. We will be holding sewing and tailoring classes for selected students during the school holidays.
A Primer on Luganda
Luganda (Oluganda) Luganda, or Ganda, is a member of the Bantu branch of Niger-Congo languages. It is spoken by about 3 million Baganda people, who live mainly in the Buganda region in southern Uganda. Luganda is also widely used elsewhere in Uganda as a second language. The name Uganda is the Swahili version of Baganda.

You might find it useful to keep the following brief phrasebook link in your phone or computer if you plan to travel in the region. (If you follow Spanish or Italian pronunciation you will be close.)

Try it out!

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

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.
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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.
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
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

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!

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