Desire for Education: Students in Uganda

March 2010

The Rakai district is home to a vibrant community of students, entrepreneurs, business men and women, farmers, artists, and many others, and St. Paul’s Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans has a place for all in its wide range of programs. The individuals who seek education and enlightenment through these programs hope to receive schooling so they can expand their current livelihood, change paths or simply gain insight into a number of relevant topics effecting life in Uganda.

We would like to introduce you to some of the students who are taking part in the Community Empowerment Program, funded by the Uganda Literacy and Education Program. With the help of supporters like you, these students will have the chance to learn vital skills in literacy, business, agriculture and artisanry.

The generosity of our donors has allowed us to fund the first half of the Program, but we need your support to continue the program for all of 2010. Each of the students listed below is seeking sponsorship under our “Adopt-a-Student” program, which funds their education for just $10 per month. With your help, we can help change the lives of hundreds of men and women in this vibrant rural community.

To help, please Donate online or participate in our Adopt-a-Student program.

For Nalukwago Rose pursuing an education at KAASO will provide the means to achieving her goals and plans for the future. Currently she has completed Grade 5 and works in agriculture, raising animals, and making and selling crafts. Her aspirations include expanding the building she uses to raise chickens and improving her farming methods and practises. At 47 she has five children and enjoys listening to the radio and watching netball in her spare time.

Nalukwago Rose

Another entrepreneur, Naddima Cate, hopes to put her innovation and work ethic to use by opening up her own farm after continuing her schooling. As of yet she has completed Grade 2 and lives in Kifuuta, where she works as a farmer, and makes and sells crafts. She is a 53 year old widow, with four children and when she has time, she enjoys watching netball on TV.

Naddima Cate

Although many students have already gained access to schooling, there are many more that have not had the opportunity to embark on their educational careers quite yet. Namwanje Clair is one such woman. A widowed mother, she has been kept busy with her four children and her work as a farmer. In her free time she enjoys weaving mats and is excited to add schoolwork to the list!

Namwanje Clair

Kayondo Taddeo recognizes the alternative opportunities that education can provide. He hopes to learn about another profession so he can expand his skill base and pursue alternative opportunities in the future. He is a 33 year old married man with seven children and is currently employed in brick making and brick modelling. He has a grade two level of spoken and written English and a third grade level of education. Kayondo has future goals of being involved in animal husbandry and keeping livestock as well as continuing in his brick modelling work to provide and care for his family. He enjoys games of football in his hometown of Kabira.

Kayondo Taddeo

The usefulness of education as a means of changing one’s profession is also recognized by Nabukenya Sylivia. She is currently employed as a farmer in Kabira, however her true passion lies in hairdressing. With this goal in mind she seeks to continue her education beyond Grade 4. She is 28 years old, and married with three children. Her interests include music, dance and drama.

Nabukenya Sylivia

For some people, the programs offered through KAASO supplement certificates already earned. This is the case for Nazziwa Flugensia. Already in possession of a certificate of hairdressing and schooling up to Grade 6, her future goal is to build a small hair salon so that she can raise money to pay for her children’s school tuition. She is 46 years old, married with eight children, and earns a living hairdressing and farming in Kabira.

Nazziwa Flugensia

Thanks to the generous donors who contributed to the Giving Challenge Nazziwa Flugensia will be able to study with the Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphan’s Community Empowerment Program for a full year and learn the valuable skills that will help her achieve her aspirations.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit more about the students who are benefiting from the Uganda Literacy and Education Program. We realize that not everyone has the means to donate, and we would encourage our supporters to leave messages of encouragement on the “Comments” section, which will be sent over to the students and staff of KAASO.


  1. Annie Whitney Said,

    June 17, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

    What a fantastic project!

    I was in Uganda a couple of years ago…and women are very subordinate to men in the Rakai district. They even had to kneel when a man entered the room.

    I am glad to see that ULEP is taking the initiative to allow these women an opportunity for an education. Education is a right! These women are just as worthy as we are to have a chance to study.

    I wish all the students at KAASO strength and patience. Happy studying!

  2. Mallory Mroz Said,

    June 23, 2009 @ 10:37 am

    Dear Annie,

    Thank you for your kind and supportive words. We at ULEP are very excited about this new initiative and we greatly appreciate your encouraging comment.


    Mallory Mroz
    ULEP Project Manager

  3. Laurie Smith Said,

    June 24, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    Great Work CanILF! I recently became a member of the CanILF and I am so excited to see the great work being done regarding education and support in Uganda. I am also excited to be able to help support the Afghan School Project which is making a difference in the lives of so many people in Afghanistan. Great job! I look forward to seeing many more wonderful stories from ULEP.

    Laurie Smith
    Calgary, Alberta Canada

  4. Mallory Mroz Said,

    July 12, 2009 @ 5:34 am

    Hello all,

    This is a poem written by a KAASO primary school pupil. It was in the May 2009 newsletter so I thought that I would share it with you!

    AIDS, AIDS, Who are you?

    Who created you? You are killing the young and the old; you are finishing our generation. What is your mission? AIDS, you are a threat to the population. You are like a thug who comes in the night and robs whatever one has. You have decided to kill our dear parents, our brothers and sisters and our relatives.

    If I knew where you slept, you would not survive. The youngest and oldest have died; the poor, and the rich have all vanished. The handsome, the killer. I conclude by calling everybody to avoid all actions that can lead to acquiring this virus.

    By Mukasa Mike

  5. Laurie Smith Said,

    September 20, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    Hello KAASO, I just want to let you know that I am still spreading the word about this great project and that my heart is with you all! Thank you Mallory, CanILF and everyone who is involved in this awesome opportunity to push for education in Uganda! Awesome!

  6. Florence iyogil Said,

    November 22, 2009 @ 2:34 am

    hai thanks for the great work you are doing, am glad to let you know that am operating in a place with low education because of war dissaster. please i would suggest you extend your programme. thanks

  7. Tabingwa Isaac Said,

    March 11, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    Hello Everyone
    I am so happy with the works of CanlLF this is my first time to hear about this great project which is really transforming the lives of women. In Uganda gender inequality is at rampant and gender equality should be advocated because also women play a vital role in the economic development of the country. This is what has forced me even to take up a course in Gender in Agricultural Development and given chance i am willing to work with you and see women also prospering economicall, socially and politically in terms of ownership of resources, equall treatment as men in all aspects of life.
    Thank you so much Canada, thank you CanlLF.

  8. kazibwe Denis Said,

    March 18, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    am very happy to see this project and to thank that person who knows that also women avery imporntant in this globle let God bless this project

  9. Uri Said,

    April 20, 2011 @ 1:45 am

    this is very Good, may the almight God give you the best to serve those little ones od

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