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CONSERVATION

We help ensure that the region's people and wildlife coexist into the future

We instill the importance of conservation by teaching children about Uganda's unique wildlife and helping communities discover more sustainable ways of living.

For more than 20 years The Kasiisi Project has been a key contributor to the conservation of Kibale National Park. We recognize that for the forest's chimpanzees, elephants, pangolins and less charismatic fauna to survive, human behaviors and attitudes must change. With nearly half the Ugandan population under age 15, young people have a significant role to play in protecting the region's wildlife - now and in the future.

Our program primarily targets the 8,000 children attending 16 forest-edge primary schools. By encouraging incorporation of  conservation and environmental education into the school curricula, and by incorporating experiential methods in our after school programs, we help build knowledge, foster empathy for wildlife and encourage behavioral changes. Children then act as conduits to their communities. By linking our programs to research, school syllabuses and community needs, we can change attitudes and behavior in ways that have powerful, practical conservation benefits.

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WE MEANINGFULLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONSERVATION OF KIBALE NATIONAL PARK BY ADVANCING CONSERVATION EDUCATION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.


CONSERVATION EDUCATION

INSTILLING THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION

The Kasiis Project designs, implements and evaluates diverse and successful conservation education programs in 16 forest-edge schools. Our results demonstrate significantly better knowledge of the environment, measurably improved attitudes towards local wildlife and increased conservation efforts in schools and communities.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

ENSURING SUPPORT OF LOCAL PEOPLE

Long-term conservation depends on the support of local people. The Kasiisi Project is a trusted and respected partner in Kibale Forest communities. We have the ability to engage parents and community leaders to augment the messages children are bringing home from school. 

SCIENCE

MEASURING CHANGE IN THE FOREST

Through our longstanding partnerships with leading researchers and organizations, we measure changes in human impact on the forest and chimpanzee health. We correlate these changes with our school and community engagement efforts.  

OUR CONSERVATION INITIATIVES


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CONSERVATION EDUCATION

ELEPHANT PRIDE

With generous support from the International Elephant Foundation, our wildlife clubs host annual elephant pride celebrations in their communities. Students from all 16 schools prepare songs, poems, skits, and dances to celebrate and educate their peers and communities about elephants. 
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

FUEL-EFFICIENT COOKSTOVES

Students market and build fuel-efficient, low-emission cookstoves for distribution within their communities. Stoves are GPS mapped and their emissions monitored by the stove-building teams.
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SCIENCE

HEALTHY CHILDREN, HEALTHY CHIMPS

We're partnering with the Kibale Eco Health Project to determine whether children living around the park are a reservoir for respiratory viruses that can be fatal to chimpanzees.
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CONSERVATION EDUCATION

FIELD TRIPS

To foster a greater appreciation for their unique environments, we arrange for students and teachers to visit national parks and off-site conservation facilities.
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SCIENCE

THE BEE PROJECT

With funding from the National Geographical Society, Akron Zoo and the Oklahoma City Zoo, we collaborate with area farmers and beekeepers to collect valuable data on the health and behavior of African honey bees around Kibale National Park.
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In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.

- Baba Dioum, 1968


WHAT THEY SAY


I thank the wildlife club for encouraging my daughter to conserve the environment and she has also influenced her siblings to conserve it.
PARENT
Since my son joined the wildlife club he is concerned so much on conserving the environment that he is planting trees at home.
PARENT
We appreciate for the work done in training the children who come and sensitize people in the village concerning the environment.
PARENT
Since my daughter joined the wildlife club she has gained more knowledge concerning the environment, that's why she's eager to plant trees in holidays.
PARENT
The wildlife club is good because it teaches children good morals, and also impacts them with skills not only to use in class but also to apply practically, like building cook stoves.
PARENT
I was so happy when he planted passion fruits, coffee and pumpkins as he got the ideas from the wildlife club.
PARENT
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The Kasiisi Project is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Kasiisi Project are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Kasiisi Project's tax identification number is 54-2195079.
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