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Kisa Primary School starts tailoring project
Text: Kisa Primary School is setting up tailoring classes for its students "To better prepare our kids for jobs when they leave school," according to school director Irene Kibuuka. The first sewing machine for the classes was purchased with a grant from Kisa Foundation USA.

In the photos:
1, Kisa School Tailoring instructor Grace Kaggwa measures Dan Nsamba for a new school uniform.
2, Kisa School director Edward Muguluma shows off the school's new sewing machine to an eager group of students.

Ugandan Artist Invited to U.S.

Noted Ugandan artist and media producer Mukwaya Mayanja Yusufu has been invited to the U.S. by Kisa Foundation to execute a mural for a client in Greenfield CA. Mukwaya is an accomplished artist, well known in Uganda through his work in the video and TV industry. He will be arriving in the U.S. in June for a one month stay.
Namungoona Children's Art Center is on TV
The Art Center was featured on Deal TV Africa in a half-hour interview with Center Director James Nsamba. Nsamba said that the Art Center has enriched the lives of thousands of children since it was founded in 2007.

Watch the interview HERE: Several students were also interviewed on the show, and their artwork was featured. Photo Cap: James Nsamba shows off children's artwork to Deal TV audience.

Watch the video

Now there's clean water in Nansana Neighborhood
From Edward Muguluma
July 31, 2021

The local well in our neighborhood in Nansana near Kisa School was a mess. It was an open water source shared by both humans and animals such as cows and goats. It had been contaminated with the refuse and run off rain water. When families sent their children to draw water, they feared the kids could fall in and drown.

The well provides water for over two hundred households, three primary schools having four hundred children in total, a health center and two churches.

I carried out an education session for the community about Water Hygiene and Sanitation and we elected a water committee. Teachers from Kisa Primary School did a very good job in mobilizing community members to build a new concrete enclosure for the well.

Now we have access to a free, clean, safe and reliable water source which minimizes water borne illnesses and improves hygiene and sanitation.

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Diego's family struggles against enormous odds
Recently, several friends of Kisa Foundation and Namungona Childrens Art Center donated $300 to help Diego Mweze, a 15 year old student at the center. Diego and his family are refugees from Congo, which they fled during civil war over 5 years ago. Amid the chaos and violence Diego’s parents became separated from 4 of their 7 children. They crossed the border into safety in Uganda with only 3 of their children, Diego, his sister Victor, now 17 and his brother Benjamin now 10.

Diego’s Mom, Doricus, described the horrific scene: “We decided to run away from Congo after seeing so many people killed and their houses burnt. While running with other groups of refugees, the other four children got lost from us. I and my husband managed to remain with these three because they were still young. He carried Benjamin on his back and held Diego`s hand while I held Victor`s hand. We couldn't stop to look for them because there were gun shots everywhere. I really don’t know whether my children are still alive or dead. But the information I have is that all our relatives including my siblings and parents were killed others were burnt in their houses into ashes.”

The family found housing in Namungona, but in 2017 Diego’s father died, leaving Doricus with full responsibility for the family. But Doricus suffers from diabetes and spinal injuries, and is unable to work or to buy medicines she needs. The donated funds are paying for medicines for Doricus, school fees for Diego and food including rice, beans, flour and oil.

James Nsamba, Director of the Children’s Art Center, says Diego is one of the most artistically talented kids he has ever encountered. He’s been appointed as an assistant teacher and says he loves helping other kids with their artwork. He hopes to make a career as an artist. Diego says, “I love art with all my life and all my feelings. I can’t live without art because when I’m painting or drawing I feel ok. I started coming to Namungona Childrens Art Center in 2015 and I began to learn painting, drawing and so many other skills. Uncle Jim (James Nsamba) is the one who teaches me everything that I know about art and I thank him for everything he does for me. I want to become known to the whole world as an artist and I want to teach art.”

Read the full interview with Diego and his family by Emily Kembabazi here.

Photo Caption: Diego, Ben, Doricus and Victor.

A family album

So, how does one make charcoal? No, really!
Did you know you can make your own charcoal? At Kisa Primary School in Nansana Uganda. students and teachers have been working together to make charcoal for their school kitchen, because firewood has become so expensive.

The briquettes are made with clay, powdered banana peelings and cassava flour. When lit, they provide plenty of heat for cooking. Uganda adopted very strict quarantine rules to fight the corona virus. As a result they've had only 2 deaths, but the economy has come to a stand-still. Prices have skyrocketed, and many staples including firewood have become scarce. Thus, making your own charcoal looks like a good idea.

In the photos are: students Wasswa Deogratious, Nakakande Aidah, Namukwaya Pauline and Galabuzi Enock; with Irene Kibuuka, school director, head teacher Muguluma Edward and teacher Grace Kibuuka.

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


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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