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

Local company Airtel gets involved

Written on April 15, 2016 at 9:25 am, by patharper

Airtel carat Kakunyu schoolAirtel, a Ugandan mobile phone company, has recognised what the school is achieving and wished to help. They have renovated some of the buildings in the dormitory area of the school and also donated a new car for the school to use. This will be incredibly useful for the school as they continue to grow their business side, allowing them to transport their produce to Masaka town, as well as enabling them to take the children to hospital or other appointments safely.  What a FANTASTIC gift!

Mum Jan to visit Kakunyu

Written on November 3, 2015 at 6:28 pm, by patharper

Mum Najjembe Jan is to visit Kakunyu school later this month. Air Ethiopia has an ENORMOUS baggage allowance of up to 2 pieces per person, each with a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs) – so that’s 46kg in total, each, for the two of them going!  Every single kg will be needed for all the items that have been collected. We’re hoping she might be able to write a blog while she’s there and, of course, she’ll be meeting up with Rachel and James. More anon!

Diapers delivered

Written on October 23, 2015 at 10:01 am, by patharper

Waterproof adjustable diaper - all are very colourful too

Waterproof adjustable diaper – all are very colourful too

Comfortable insert for the diaper

Comfortable insert for the diaper

Many of the children with special needs wear some sort of nappy. It’s very expensive to use disposable ones, and the disposal of them is also a real problem.  Rachel found a marvellous company in Kampala, Kijani (www.kijanionline.com) who could supply and deliver cloth diapers in a variety of sizes, all with removable waterproof inserts. The whole diaper can be washed, which makes it much more cost-effective, and the children wearing them will be much more comfortable. The order was delivered this week to Rachel in Masaka, so we cannot WAIT to hear what they’re like and (we SO hope) what a difference they’re making to the children and the teachers.

 

FroKS on the ground at Kakunyu!

Written on October 23, 2015 at 9:49 am, by patharper

Trustee Rachel, husband Stephen and almost every single member of Rachel’s family are visiting Kakunyu – they arrived last week for a couple of weeks. Read their super blog here – unbelievable, wonderful things are going on in Kakunyu!

Visitors to Kakunyu

Written on October 6, 2015 at 10:43 am, by patharper

Master James and Madam Rachel ( as they are now known at the school) flew out to Uganda on September 22nd for a 3-month stay. They are writing the MOST wonderful blog, which really tells it how it is in Kakunyu School – the good, the better and the best! Click here to read their blog, World Beyond My Bed.

Trustee Annual Report available

Written on September 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm, by patharper

We’ve just submitted our first Trustee Annual Report to HMRC, for the year to November 2014. If you’d like to read the report, please click here.

July 2015 Newsletter now available!

Written on July 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm, by patharper

In this latest newsletter we would like to introduce you to Richard, our security guard and poshu mingler (surely everyone in UK and Canada knows what a poshu mingler is?). Take a look at our new exotic crop that we hope will provide a new and valuable income stream, and see a photo of intrepid Rachel as she finishes the Edinburgh half-marathon to raise funds for us.

If you fancy a trip to Kakunyu then please get in touch. The children and staff would love to welcome you to the school and if you are lucky you could get a chance to practice your poshu mingling….