Unite in Uganda: Kain Foundation Leadership Experience

Uganda is a beautiful country, known as the pearl of Africa. There are many stories that come out of Uganda — of heartbreak, of poverty and of conflict.  And then there are stories of joy and empowerment, of laughter and success, of stability and prosperity— stories that make you smile and your soul expand with pride and gratitude. You can be part of these joyous stories as the Kain Foundation sets off on our next annual immersion trip to Uganda on…

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The push to stop kids from skipping school before it affects studies and job prospects

Researchers from our community partner, The Smith Family, have tracked the progress of 30,000 disadvantaged students over seven years in the first study of its kind.  It found those who were regularly absent from school in Year 7 had a less than 50 per cent chance of finishing Year 12. And Year 9 students who often skip school have only a 35 per cent chance of completing their studies. The study also confirmed that low attendance also affects future prospects, with only two-thirds…

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2017 Annual Report: One Million Reasons to Celebrate Youth Education and Employment Opportunities

We’re happy to announce the publication of our FY17 Annual Report titled “One Million Reasons to Celebrate Youth Education and Employment Opportunities“. The title of the report acknowledges a milestone we crossed at the end of FY17, one million dollars in lifetime funds raised for projects that enrich children and communication by investing in education and employment opportunities.  Andrew Killey reflects on the significance of this milestone and what’s next for Kain Foundation in his Chairman’s Report on page 5. …

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 #PressforProgress

Today in recognition and celebration of International Women’s Day we share this story about an inspiring group of women from the village of Mayindo, Uganda.  Those who have been on our last two Uganda immersion trips will fondly remember dancing and cooking with these women.  Their story and many more from our Kain Foundation community are featured in the FY17 Annual Report that we’ll publish next week. Back in 2007, Tony Wanyoike of Hopeline Organization brought together a group of…

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This blog post for #KFUgandaTrip2017 was the hardest for me to write as it marks the end of an amazing journey.  We’ve heard back from many of you – alumni of previous trips, friends, families and supporters about how much you’ve enjoyed our posts from the field.  Thank you for this positive feedback.  It was important to us to capture each day’s experience in order to preserve the memories and to help us process our emotions coming from each day’s activities.  I…

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The Uganda Project 2017 – Day 7

As the 2017 Uganda trip draws to a close, it is only appropriate that we returned to one of the original projects the Kain Foundation supported in Uganda.  It is Sunday and that means (at least) two things in Kampala: a plethora of people in their Sunday best attend church services and the traffic is ‘as good as it gets’ (it’s possible the two are interrelated).  For our group, it means a trip to Watoto in Suubi and a cultural…

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The Uganda Project 2017 – Day 6

The past week in Uganda has really put things in perspective for me. It is easy to take the simple things in life for granted and it is only once you are on-the-ground in a country like Uganda that you realise just how lucky we have it. In Uganda we have seen firsthand the challenges that families face to be able to put food on the table, access a clean source of water and provide their children with the education…

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The Uganda Project 2017 – Day 5

Today was our second visit to Kkoba village for the Kkoba Community Projects that Kain Foundation sponsors through partnership with Hopeline Organisation and The Real Uganda. We started the day of with some of the team having the traditional Rolex (chapatti wrap with egg omelette inside) for breakfast, we then boarded the bus and headed to Kkoba this trip is only about 45 minutes but takes about two and half hours to get there. Along the way we picked up…

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The Uganda Project 2017 – Day 4

From our short time here so far in Uganda, it’s becoming clear that the greatest impact can be had through initiatives which partner local communities with local organisations to drive sustainable change. Today we were lucky enough to see first hand the change that can happen within a community when that community, with help from partners, takes ownership of its future to ensure that it makes that positive change. Our day started with a drive out to Kkoba, around 3…

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The Uganda Project 2017 – Day 3

As the first guest blogger for the trip I need to give a huge thanks to Lisa, Remmy, Angel, Mathias and the Kain Foundation for organising what has already been a trip of a lifetime. With less than half of the time passed, I can only imagine what’s to come! A change in perspective was one of the few expectations I had as I boarded the flight a few days ago, and three full touring days in, we have this…

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