St Hugh of Lincoln Parish has been a staunch supporter of the Project since 1989, and all help goes directly to the Project. There are no administrative costs.
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The Kanyike Project was founded in 1986 in an area devastated by many years of war. The Project itself is located in the Mpigi district near Kampala. Until recently it was working in the villages of Magejjo, Mwereke, Naluwembe, and Butenga (of which the total population is around 3500), but local need has led to expansion and the Project now helps people in eight villages comprising 5595 people. Fr Kakuba Kapia is the driving force behind its vision, namely for empowering the rural community to embark on a programme of self-sustaining development. There is no electricity in the area and water has to be collected from springs. Over the years the community has, with the help of donations from the UK, made progress for its well-being in the following areas:
Education: the development of a Primary School supporting 500 children. Vocational Training in Carpentry and Leather.
Health: building a health centre and general ward – they now have five members of staff including nurses, midwife, and a visiting doctor and surgeon. A trained counsellor provides family support with the HIV/AIDS Care Programme. There is a community-based healthcare team, providing clean water and sanitation education to each household. A Dental surgery has been set up in Kampala.
Agriculture: providing food and income, with an “Agricultural Classroom” to teach the children the essentials of growing their own crops, and managing Livestock. Villagers are building their own brick homes. There is a Women’s Club and a Youth Group. Both engage in income-generating activities with the help of loans given to them by the Project. The people of Kanyike Project have, over the years, worked hard to improve their standard of living and remain cheerful despite their poverty. They are now coping with HIV/AIDS and 40% of the children are orphaned. This has resulted in many children having insufficient food to eat.
The Kanyike Project has been registered with http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk . This is an easy way to raise money for a good cause. Many leading retailers such as John Lewis, Amazon and Tesco will donate a percentage from any online shop you make to Kanyike. The proceeds are paid quarterly and Gift Aid is possible. Please visit our website http://www.kanyikeproject.org.uk/