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Books Open the World (BOTW)

Books Open the World seeks to promote and encourage education and opportunity in rural Ugandan communities to children and women through community libraries, literacy classes, vocational training, support groups, and by supporting all levels of education.

Web Site
· www.booksopentheworld.org

Programs (from the BOTW website)
· Promoting reading among Ugandans of all ages by creating community libraries in rural villages.
· Promoting and supporting literacy among women in rural communities in indigenous languages and English.
· Empowerment of women by providing vocational training and support groups outside of the home.
· Decreasing the age of first contact of young children to education by supporting pre-school education.
· Improving educational outcomes for children in Uganda, by supporting all levels of education.

Camp Uganda Conservation Education Society (CUCES)

Camp Uganda is a 5-day educational camp in wildlife conservation for underprivileged seventh grade Ugandan children and their teachers. The camp is held at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe, near Kampala.

Web Site
· www.campuganda.org

· Offer at least one wildlife and forest conservation education camp each year to qualifying schools, primary seven students and teachers.
· Education focus is on conserving wild chimpanzees.

Three Year Goal
· Increase funding to offer 3 camps per year with 30 campers and 6 teachers from 3 schools in each 6 day camp, thereby empowering a minimum of 90 students and 18 teachers from 9 schools each year.

· CUCES Cooperation Web.doc (Word, 22 kb)
· KFCCE Report 02_10.doc (Word, 50 kb)

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Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)

Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. The Institute's work builds on Dr. Goodall's scientific work and her humanitarian vision.

Web Site
· www.janegoodall.org

Programs (from the JGI website)
· Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy.
· Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities.
· Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.

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Kibale Association for Rural Education and Development (KAFRED)

KAFRED was formed in 1992 in Bigodi, which is just south of Kibale National Park on the Kamwenge road. The group is an official Community Based Organization (CBO) in Uganda. Its purpose is to protect the local environment while advancing health, education and economic growth in the wider local community.

Web Site
· www.bigodi-tourism.org

Programs (from the KAFRED website)
· Conservation of natural and cultural resources.
· Promotion of conservation education.
· Support of community development projects through tourism, in particular at the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.

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Kasiisi Porridge Project UK

The Kasiisi Porridge Project is an independent British-registered charity. The project aims to raise £100,000 to help feed primary schoolchildren at two schools in Western Uganda. Based in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England, the project works in partnership with the US-based Kasiisi Project, and works in Uganda through AFROKAPS/KFSSSP.

Web Site
· www.kasiisiporridge.org

Three-Year Goals (summarized from the project website)
· Give a daily mug of porridge to more than 1,500 children at Kasiisi and Kanyawara primary schools every school day for three years.
· Buy local land so that the community can take over the running of the feeding initiative after three years and become self-sufficient.

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Kasiisi Project

Since 1997, the non-profit Kasiisi Project has aided education in and around Kibale National Park in rural western Uganda. The project is based near Boston in the US. It coordinates all of its activities through its counterpart organization in Uganda, the Kibale Forest School and Students Support Program (KFSSSP).

Web Site and Blogs
· www.kasiisiproject.org
· Kasiisi Project blog - Elizabeth Ross, Kasiisi Project founder and director
· Kasiisi Literacy Project - Barbara Stevens
· Kasiisi Girls Program - Alice Bator

· Building primary schools.
· Funding secondary school and college scholarships.
· Supporting conservation education.
· Providing daily school lunches.
· Training teachers.
· Promoting literacy through libraries and computer usage.
· Addressing special needs of girls.

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Kibale Fuel Wood Project

Since 2006, the Kibale Fuel Wood Project has been working to protect Kibale National Park from encroachment and to improve park-people relations by facilitating energy stability in surrounding villages. The project has a three tiered approach to meet its conservation goals: tree planting, efficient stoves and outreach education.

Web Site
· www.newnaturefoundation.org

· Traveling nature movie show.
· Four community science centers around Kibale Park.
· Stove building and tree planting campaigns.
· Educational contests and competitions.

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Kibale Forest School and Students Support Program (KFSSSP)

KFSSSP, formerly known as AFROKAPS, supports schools and students at and near Kasiisi Primary School, which is located 10 km south of Fort Portal on the Kamwenge road. Other nearby supported schools are Kyanawara Primary school, Kigarama Primary School and Kiko Primary School. More distant supported schools are Kiarama Primary School, Iruhura Primary School and Rweteera Primary School. KFSSSP is the African counterpart of the Kasiisi Project. KFSSSP is a registered Community-Based Organization (CBO) in Uganda.

· Construction of classrooms, libraries, staff housing, latrines, dormitories, nursery schools and kitchens.
· School lunch program.
· Scholarships for secondary, tertiary and university students.
· Health education.
· Girls' sanitary towels, reproductive health education, peer education.
· Literacy programs.
· Conservation education.
· Computer programs (OLPC).
· Staff development programs, extra curricular activities.

Three-Year Goals for all KFSSSP Schools
· Functioning CBO (Community Based Organization).
· Adequate classrooms and latrines.
· Adequate teaching staff.
· Self-sustaining school lunch program.
· Girls' peer education program.
· Literacy program.
· Laptop computers.
· Mains electrical power.
· Sustainable programs.
· Field trips for teachers and students.
· School income generation.

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Kibale Health and Conservation Project

The Kibale Health and Conservation Project has built a Health and Conservation centre just within the border of Kibale National Park, Uganda, within a 2-minute walk to the village. The center has a full time nurse and a medical doctor advisor. This centre provides communities surrounding the park with reliable health care that is close at hand, and outreach education to prevent diseases.

Web Site
· kibale-health-conservation.mcgill.ca

· To create a sustaining health care organization through donations of funds and equipment from donors, medical clinics, universities and companies.

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Kiyoima School Project

The Kiyoima School Project supports students and teachers in Kiyoima Primary School, which is located a few hundred metres south of the Kibale National Park boundary not far from the Fort Portal - Kamwenge road.

Web Site

· Academic improvement.
· Dormitory construction.
· Solar lanterns and light bulbs for night remedial study.
· Conservation education teaching.
· Staff trips to Kibale Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
· Supporting orphans in school.

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Mainaro School Project

The Mainaro School Project works with Kyakagunga Community School, which is located near Bigodi on the road from Fort Portal to Kamwenge, southeast of the Kibale National Park boundary.

Web Site

· Conservation education teaching.
· Create and perform skits for neighboring schools about community and environment.

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MUBFS: Makerere University Biological Field Station, Kibale Forest

MUBFS, established in the late 1980s, is the research facility at which KFCCE meets. Though MUBFS is not actually a member organization of KFCCE, it is the scientific center for conservation work in and around Kibale National Park.

Web Site
· www.usu.edu/mubfs/frames.html

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North Carolina Zoo

From the Zoo's web site: "From our very inception, conservation has been central to the mission of the North Carolina Zoo. Within the Park, we work to reduce waste, minimizing our use of natural resources. Regionally, we are involved in initiatives and programs to improve the quality of our environment and the health of our State. Internationally, we work to protect animal habitats and help people understand the value of wild animals and wild places."

Web Site
· www.nczoo.org

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North Carolina Zoo UNITE Program

From the Program's web page: "UNITE joins together students and teachers from schools in Uganda and North Carolina to create partnerships that advance conservation education." The program funds ongoing volunteer work mainly in and around Bigodi, which is located just south of Kibale National Park along the Kamwenge road.

Web Site
· www.nczoo.org/education/UNITE.html

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Tooro Botanical Gardens, Fort Portal

From the Garden's web site: "The Tooro Botanical Gardens in Fort Portal, Uganda, was founded in 2001 as a centre for conservation, education and recreation. Its main purpose is to preserve the indigenous species of plants in the Albertine Rift Valley Region of Africa by creating a conservation site at the Botanical Gardens, and using it as a facility to inform the public about the importance of protecting the natural environment."

Web Site
· www.toorobotanicalgardens.org

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Uganda Wildlife Authority

UWA's mission is to conserve and sustainably manage the wildlife and Protected Areas of Uganda in partnership with neighbouring communities and stakeholders for the benefit of the people of Uganda and the global community.

Web Site
· www.uwa.or.ug

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Wildlife Clubs of Uganda

From the Clubs' web site: "The Wildlife Clubs of Uganda is a society of young people's environmental clubs. WCU is a non-sectarian, non-religious and non-political society. Our organization is a conservation group founded on the principles of good environmental management and the wise use of natural resources."

Web Site
· www.wildlifeclubs.org/index.html

Programs (adapted from the Clubs' web site)
· Information gathering activities focus on increasing the knowledge base of group members, for example observations of animals.
· Information exchange activities focus on sharing knowledge that group members have gained with others: within the group, with other Wildlife Clubs, or within the local community.
· Service learning activities focus on actively improving problems that the group has identified in earlier information gathering activities.
· Awareness events are similar to information exchange activities. These are often based on a certain theme, such as one of the world awareness days, and are held as an activity that includes the community involvement or a celebration event.

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