St Paul KAASO Primary School
Dominic & Rose’s story
In 1999, Dominic and Rose Mukwaya opened their home as a school. The village of Kabira where they live was severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and many children were not going to school. It was an incredibly difficult time for the community losing friends, family and relatives; Dominic and Rose wanted to offer a solution and provide a fantastic education for children in the area. And this is exactly what they did.
Unity is Strength was established in January 2020 and has since supported a number of projects to try to alleviate some of the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out what we have contributed to so far and how you can help our future work.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
Schools have now been closed in Uganda for the best part of two years. This has been incredibly difficult for KAASO as many of the fee-paying students are no longer able to afford to pay school fees (or partial fees) and so while outgoings have increased due to COVID requirements, incoming funds have decreased.
As demonstrated by the Piggery project, teachers had to diversify their income sources to prevent struggle during the pandemic. The Brick-making project offered an alternative activity for teachers to diversify their skills, support local infrastructure development, and generate an income during the closure of the school.
About Unity is Strength
Who we are
Unity is Strength was started by Lizzie Hulton-Harrop and her family in 2019. It was officially registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the England and Wales Charity Commission in January 2020. The idea to start a UK-registered charity to support KAASO came out of discussions Lizzie had with Dominic and Rose during her visit in 2019.
Our Partners & Friends
It is incredible to have other people and initiatives around the world supporting KAASO. Two key examples are Emma Outteridge, the KAASO Volunteer Coordinator, who has done a huge amount with KAASO since her first visit in 2009, including publishing a book! And Share Uganda, a not-for-profit, community-based healthcare organisation, working in the Kyotera District of Uganda.