Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Uganda Literacy and Education Program?

The Uganda Literacy and Education Program (ULEP) is an initiative by the Canadian International Learning Foundation to provide funding and support to education in Rakai, Uganda. Currently, our focus is on assisting the staff, the Women’s Empowerment Program and the Adult Literacy Program at St. Paul’s KAASO.

What is “KAASO”?

The Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans (KAASO) is a primary school in rural Uganda that provides basic education to children aged 3 to 16. Since its establishment in 1999, KAASO has evolved into a community centre which strives to support the local community’s need for education and support. The current community projects include a Women’s Empowerment Group, an Adult Literacy Group and various microcredit programs. These initiatives aim to equip the local community with the tools they need to support themselves and their families. The ultimate goal for KAASO is to empower the community as a whole to enable them to bring their children into a brighter future.

How and why did you become involved in this project?

In 2007, Mallory Mroz, one of the ULEP volunteers, came across KAASO on the Internet. She spent three months volunteering at the school and was deeply moved by the school’s commitment to education and community outreach programs. As a volunteer with the Canadian International Learning Foundation (CanILF), she proposed that the Foundation take on this initiative. In May 2009, CanILF chose to establish a fund to support this school and community centre. The Community Empowerment Program at KAASO officially started in January 2010.

What sort of measures has KAASO taken to address HIV/AIDs?

As KAASO is located in the epi-centre of HIV/AIDs in Uganda, this epidemic is a major concern.  HIV/AIDs awareness and sensitization projects form the bases of many of the issues that KAASO tackles.

How do you spend money donated to the project and how do I know my donation won’t be misspent?

The funds donated to the Uganda Literacy and Education Program are sent directly to the Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans in Uganda to fund CanILF-sponsored programs. All of the money is currently used to pay for the cost of operating the Women’s Empowerment Program – paying for teachers’ salaries, utilities, computers and other school supplies. Receipts are kept for all expenses, and all spending is overseen by both the Uganda Literacy and Education Program and the Canadian International Learning Foundation, a registered Canadian charity.

I was directed to this page by an ad. How do I know my donation won’t just go towards advertising?

Our advertising is either provided free of charge by the web site host or is funded by donors who have asked that their donation be used to advertise the Uganda Literacy and Education Program. If you donate to ULEP, we will assume that you wish for your donation to be put towards the operating costs of KAASO – if you want to help us advertise our work, please send an e-mail to [email protected] after making a donation.

Why does the school need computers and the Internet?

Although KAASO does not currently have internet access, CanILF is looking into connecting KAASO to the web. Computers and Internet access are essential components of CanILF-supported community schools.  They allow us to communicate more frequently with the local staff and offer a high-quality education, while allowing donors in Canada to develop a closer relationship with the students they support. Computers also allow us to quickly change course curriculum if necessary, in response to the changing needs of our students.

How much of your funding actually goes to help the school?

All donations to the project are used to pay for the school’s utilities, staff salaries and other basic supplies. We can do this because all CanILF and ULEP staff not located in Uganda work on a volunteer basis.

Why should I donate to this project?

By donating, you can help us to offer valuable education and basic literacy training to a larger number of students, improve the facilities at KAASO and purchase additional computers. All of this will help further women’s rights in Uganda, improve the economic situation in Rakai, and help the Uganda people establish a responsible community.

How do I donate to this project?

Please visit the “Donate” section of our website and follow the directions listed there. Thank you very much for your support!

I would prefer not to donate money. Are there others ways that I can help?

Absolutely, and we would greatly appreciate your help. To help:

Tell your friends about ULEP

  • Inform your elected representative know about our work and ask for their support
  • Write about ULEP on a blog
  • Ask a local newspaper to do a story about us
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (“The Uganda Literacy and Education Program”),
  • Post a comment on this website expressing your support
  • Become a Coffee Hero

Volunteering your time to update the website, coordinate fundraising events or write grant proposals would also be a great assistance. Our ongoing volunteer training sessions would help you further develop these skills. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at [email protected] .