"If not me, WHO? If not now, WHEN?"
This was my philosophy when Wilson sent me “the photo that changed my life” in October 2017. I felt compelled to act and try and make a difference.
As an individual, we are but one drop. BUT together, we become the stream”
Do you want to be a part of “the stream”?
Want to be a part of a project that is “giving life” to a community that had almost given up hope? We are not a traditional charity. We are “the wind” under the “wings” of the Amasiko Community, guided by our Founder, Wilson Nzigye.
We are a working in partnership with a community of 2000 Ugandans. We have a vision, we have local leadership and we need your support. View video regarding our philosophy for The Amasiko Partnership.
In less than 18 months, donations have directly funded 190 family water filters, 30 community water filters, a women’s refuge is near completion , domestic violence incidents have decreased, the Amasiko Nursery School has been established with 32 children and has grown to 12o children, women sew the school uniforms for the children, every school child has been given a pair of gumboots in an attempt to reduce soil related diseases, and the “Boys and Bricks” program has been started to try and address male youth issues.
You can donate to any specific project, or you can make a general donation.
PROJECT 1: AMASIKO WATER FILTERS
Aim – to provide disease free water to all.
Results July 2018 – 190 families have water filters and 20 community hubs including schools/health centres/churches/etc have extra-large water filters that cater for community needs.
For a donation of $35 AUD or $25 USD,
Good Health & Clean Water/ Sanitization, (not one reported case of cholera or dysentery in the village for the first time in memory. The Spouts of Water filters deliver 99.9% disease free water for over two years and we have started education for basic sanitisation)
Clean Energy (every litre of water that used to be boiled, is equivalent to using 1 kilo of firewood) and Protecting the Planet
Reduced inequalities (Traditionally it is the women’s responsibility to provide water for the family’s need. This has meant that they are responsible for collecting the water and wood required to boil the water and then wasting time waiting for the day’s water to boil. The water filters have freed up hours of toil for the women so now they free to use their time be involved in other activities such as the sewing program, shared childcare, working on their land in other community projects.
There is a need for another 190 water filters in order to ensure each house has access to disease free water.
If you want to assist to bring disease free water to those who have little, please consider donating to this project.
PROJECT 2: AMASIKO SCHOOL
Established in May 2018 – Wilson Nzigye (our Amasiko Founder) converted his original home (2 rooms) to provide space for children to be educated. He also committed to provide the wages for two teachers that enabled a fee-free school to be established. These teachers are able to offer Nursery Standard Education to children who previously had not had the opportunity to attend school. Initially there were 32 children enrolled. Currently there are over 100 students and three teachers. The ages range between 4 – 11 years old.
The children are so keen to learn. Daily attendance is consistently high.
The stationary requirements for children to learn, are scarce and are only available through sponsorship. The teachers therefore use outdoor activities to teach the basics, including vowels and the alphabet.
The children receive two meals of basic maize/porridge a day. This is often more than they would receive if they did not attend school and twice a week, the children are given an egg from the Amasiko Chicken Initiative.
Each classroom has been provided with an extra-large water filter that has the capacity to cater for 50 – 60 people per filter. The school has no toilet or sanitation facility however these are being planned for the future.
A large percentage of families in Kasenda have never been exposed to the importance of education before. It is a big step for them to encourage their children to attend school. Currently the only access to education requires fee payment. For those who had previously seen no need for education, or could not afford the local Government fees, are being provided with education through the Amasiko School.
The School also provides basic education for the parents of the school re: literacy and numeracy where previously this did not exist.
If you wish to support education and the future of these children, please consider making a donation.
PROJECT 3: AMASIKO BOYS & BRICKS
In May 2019, during the regular Amasiko meeting (80% women and 20% supportive men), the community identified a major issue was that some adolescent boys were causing trouble.
These boys no longer attend (or can attend) school or have any employment opportunities. These boys are aged between 11-17. The major issue was that these boys were stealing food, chickens and anything else, including money that they could find.
As our project needs to purchase bricks for future building projects, and the boys needed structure and to be occupied, “Amasiko Boys and Bricks” was created.
The boys are not only learning life skills but also earning small amounts of money. Two men are paid to teach and supervise the boys making the bricks.
This video shows the “naughtiest” boy of the village (the ring leader of petty crime) given the opportunity to make bricks. He has now surpassed the teachers skill and speed. Given a purpose, these youth are enthusiastic and wanting to be recognised.
This was a pilot program and for it to continue and expand, funding will be required until the sale of bricks can absorb these costs.
When there are enough bricks to construct part of the community house, (and enough funds raised0, the boys will act as labourers to the skilled brick layers.
This program will not only provide initial brick building skills but will educate the boys in how to lay bricks efficiently and expertly.
Want to extend this pilot program, please donate to this innovative project.
PROJECT 4: AMASIKO HOUSE
The Amasiko Women’s Group in Kasenda identified the need for a safe place for their members who were victims of domestic violence. The crime of domestic violence was hidden as there was no place that the women could flee to, which left them vulnerable and “victims” of their circumstances.
Sadly, domestic violence is endemic in many African nations. Because “that is the way we have always done things here” is the modus operandi, no other options have not been explored or considered.
Even though domestic violence is considered an illegal offence in Uganda, unless the perpetrators are exposed/arrested, there will be no change in the village life.
Having a safe place to spend the night for a woman with possibly her children, will save the women a night either hovering on their own doorstep in fear of retribution, or they will have to spend one or two nights in the forest, alone and potentially at risk.
A safe place means that the violence will be addressed. The local police are working with The Amasiko Partnership to expose and make perpetrators responsible for their abuse. Even though Amasiko House has not yet been completed, there have been several women who have sought shelter and received the support that they needed.
There has been great progress at Amasiko House over the last 6 months. Some men have been counselled, some have been dealt with by the local police and one has been incarcerated for major domestic abuse against his wife.
Amasiko House has been built in stages as funds have been raised.
Currently the exterior is nearly finished and currently from funds raised recently, work has commenced fitting out the inside of the refuge.
This includes levelling the floors, fitting the doors to the four rooms, and building a temporary outside toilet and shower facility.
When finished Amasiko House will be a beacon of hope, a role model of what is possible and the issue of domestic violence can finally be addressed positively.