September 2018 newsletter is here!

Written on September 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm, by patharper

September’s Newsletter has been written by Rachel, one of our Trustees, who visited Kakunyu earlier this year with her husband and two friends. Read all about the experiences of Lisa, one of her friends who became part of the Kakunyu family for a while in February. You’ll learn about our P7 class of 14 (FOURTEEN) students as they prepare to leave the school, and you’ll see that the selfie craze has hit rural Uganda…..

To read the latest Kakunyu School Newsletter, click on the link on the left, under LATEST NEWSLETTER in the green box.

January 2018 Newsletter is here!

Written on January 22, 2018 at 9:35 pm, by patharper

Read about Solivia, tailoring diva, Rachel’s drain and how well Bacca is doing. Also news about a very special B&B opening up for just one month in Masak at the end of 2018, ready to host your visit to Kakunyu…

Download it by clicking on teh link to the left, under LATEST NEWSLETTER.

Kakunyu School Newsletter June 2017 is here!

Written on June 28, 2017 at 9:03 am, by patharper

Read all about Charlie’s visit, the school’s wonderful Management Committee and how our new “P7” class is doing. Lots going on, as usual!

FroKS Kakunyu Newsletter June 2017

Physiotherapy block finished!

Written on January 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm, by patharper

Goodness what a difference 6 months make! The amazing physiotherapy block is now finished and open for business. Situated Down, where the boarders live, the new building has a working shower (with the very first shower head in the village) and sink as well as a large, clean floor space. It’ll be a great place to undertake physiotherapy with the disabled students, but will also be used as a dining room for all the children; as a common room for the boarders in the evenings; and as a classroom during the day. It’s entirely guttered, with the gutters leading to a huge watertank which supplies the shower and sink, so is pretty much self-sufficient.

Neil and Kate Miller’s extraordinarily-generous donation also enabled the school to build a wall round the perimeter of the Down compound, so now everyone and everything is kept safe and secure within that wall. And is if that weren’t enough – there’s now a clean, locked garage for the Airtel car (previously kept 7 miles away in Masaka) and the boda-boda, so they’re secure as well as instantly accessible.  Check out the photos and be in awe!

Kakunyu’s latest newsletter

Written on August 3, 2016 at 9:10 am, by patharper

You simply won’t believe how much has been going on since the last newsletter! You can read how 290 children have been helped over the last term, in many different ways: how the self-sufficiency aim is taking great leaps forward, with the tilapia (fish), coffee and poultry projects: how we’re thrilled we are to be working with the Australian charity Help Us Grow who, quite apart from having the wonderful acronym HUG, will be developing an Art Therapy project with a small group of students: and OF COURSE you can read more about the mega building projects happening Down (read the newsletter for an explanation of Up and Down!) – thanks to a fantastic donation from supporters Neil and Wendy Miller, we’re building a physiotherapy block, dining room/homework room and garage, as well as completing the security wall around the “Down” compound.

There’s much to enjoy this July! Download the newsletter from the left hand panel, under Latest Newsletter.

Physio block really taking shape!

Written on August 2, 2016 at 8:55 am, by patharper

The photos just received from Kakunyu show that the roof is almost complete. The first 2 photos are of the roof “trusses”  – doesn’t it give the essence of the construction! Once the roof is on it all looks wonderfully ordered and almost professional!
We have ordered the shutters, windows and doors, and will be moving on to the internal plastering shortly. The floor slab is almost there but not quite.
It’s starting to look like a proper building isn’t it? Fabulous stuff! (Taken word for word from an email from the Chair, Jan Lowe)

Building at Kakunyu

Written on July 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm, by patharper

We are all beside ourselves with excitement, as work continues at Kakunyu School (Down) to create one of our long-held dreams – a proper physiotherapy block where the disabled children can be helped in a clean, separate environment. We always hoped we’d be able to do this one day – but could never put a timescale on it – yet here it is, actually happening in  2016, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Neil and Kate Miller.

The sketch shows the ideas for this area back in January 2016 (and, of course, there were ideas long before then) – and the pictures show the challenges of building foundations on the side of a steep hill, and the backbreaking work it is as everything – digging, laying concrete, soil infilling, EVERYTHING – is done by hand.

The physio block will have wonderful non-slip tiles – an absolute FIRST at the school, and means they will at last have a place that they can scrub clean. Our OT Trustee Rachel is more thrilled about this than she can possibly say! Jan, chair and founder of FroKS, is waiting to get her thrills when the guttering is installed, but then, she IS an engineer, and can’t help it.

Have a look at these photos and you too can revel in the excitement (click on the first picture to enlarge them)

Fish (and soap, coffee, mushrooms and chickens) come to Kakunyu

Written on April 15, 2016 at 9:33 am, by patharper

fish pond Kakunyu

Digging the fish pond

Amir, the school’s business manager, has taken advantage of a government initiative to develop fish farming, and has constructed a lake with water feeding into the lake from a natural water course. We are eagerly awaiting the first occupants!

Other projects include soap making, growing and selling mushrooms and coffee, and keeping chickens so that eggs can be both eaten and sold. All of these projects – initiated and managed entirely by the school –  are really significant steps in the school’s move towards self-sufficiency and generating additional income streams. It’s wonderful to see.



coffee seedlings Kakunyu School Uganda

Serried ranks of coffee seedlings

coffee Kakunyu School, Uganda

Coffee seedlings at Kakunyu








mushrooms Kakunyu School, Uganda

The mushrooms grow from a seeded base

mushrooms Kakunyu School Uganda

Amir showing how the mushrooms are grown

mushrooms dry fast in the Kakunyu sun

Mushrooms dry fast in the Kakunyu sun

mushrooms Kakunyu School, Uganda

Mushrooms drying on the roof