Help us to change lives in Uganda

Kanaama Interactive Community Support aims to help the people of Kashare county in South West Uganda, where nearly 20 per cent of the people live below the extreme poverty level. More than 1,000 of the children are orphaned or vulnerable, and a third of the women cannot read or write. We raise money in the UK to change lives through a series of small locally-run projects, including a Saturday club providing counselling and extra teaching for vulnerable children, literacy groups for women, training in sustainable agriculture and a micro-credit scheme. Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 164th out of 187 on the Human Development Index. Of the 23,000 people living in Kashare, 4,000 live on less than $1.25 a day. More than 1,000 children are orphaned or vulnerable, largely because of HIV/AIDS. The extreme poverty in which many people live can lead to other health problems. KICS has so far helped 118 vulnerable children with counselling, extra lessons and school uniform. Our literacy classes have helped some 360 women, and a flourishing microcredit scheme has made more than 1,700 loans.

Help us to strengthen and extend this vital work

Water Access and Sanitation

We are thrilled to be building ten new 7,000 litre rainwater tanks which will transform the lives of many people in Kashare. Until now they have sometimes had to walk long distances to collect water, which has not always been clean. With the twice-yearly rains in the...
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Orphans and vulnerable children

We support orphans and vulnerable children by paying school fees, providing uniform and running a Saturday centre with food, activities and counselling. Without this help, many of the children would not be able to go to school. Of the 23,000 people in Kashare, an...
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Farming and Microcredit

Our microcredit programme helps women to run a business by providing small loans, typically ranging from £40 – £110. Since the programme began in 2010, we have made 1,919 loans to 1,073 women (December 2019). Our interest rate is 24% (simple) interest. Costs are high...
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Literacy for Women

The Women's Empowerment through Learning Literacy (WELL) project develops literacy among the women of Kashare, where at present 35 per cent of women cannot read or write. The first cohort of 116 joined the project in July 2015 and still meet regularly. Groups of up to...
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English language scheme

Our English Learning Scheme aims to improve primary school children’s English, which is vital if they are to pass their leaving exams and progress to secondary schools. Children in rural areas like Kashare are at a huge disadvantage because they start English late,...
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