Project information

The Kanyike Project - a sustainable community

To empower villagers in Kanyike in Uganda to lead sustainable lives. When war ended in 1986, life had to be rebuilt: poverty was widespread and education and health care systems destroyed. HIV/Aids then hit Africa. Many children became orphans. The Kanyike Project aims to solve these problems.

The Project began in 1986 and has achieved much; but it could take a further generation to achieve its aims.

Charity information: The Kanyike Project

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  • Need


    Widespread poverty, illiteracy, contaminated water, illness and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in eight villages in the Mpigi district of Uganda.


    Through capital expenditure to protect springs (1986) and repair them (2016); harvest rainwater (2015); build and maintain schools, both primary (1994) and nursery (2014); build a Dispensary (1996), now a Health Centre (2008) with piped water (2012-18); and through the on-going funding of health care teams (2004), mobile clinics and free treatment for those in need (2016) and especially by promoting sustainable lifestyles.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise money for ongoing and capital expenditure


    » By appealing to existing and new supporters

    What success will look like

    The tangible improvements in the lives of the villagers are clear: eg the Health Centre has a generator to provide electricity (2016) and a piped water supply is imminent.

  • Impact


    HEALTH: life expectancy is already increasing and those with AIDS are living longer. EDUCATION: illiteracy is being tackled and orphans are taught valuable skills such as leather-working and carpentry; a porridge is provided for orphans. SUSTAINABILITY: loan schemes enable small businesses (e.g. catering, farming or retail) to be set up which generate more income.
    This progress can be seen on our website and Facebook page


    We are a small charity with a small funding base. Our founder and CEO, whose personal contributions are crucial, are both over retirement age and aware they need to start to hand over the running of both the charity and the project to the next generation. We are building our reserve funds to ensure that this transition is smooth and trying to diversify our sources of funding.


    We will send our donors a regular electronic newsletter and encourage them to follow our progress on our website and on Facebook.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £41,000 Running costs Staff costs, maintenance of buildings, water sources and supplyand vehicle
      £9,000 Capital projects Water harvesting systems, building staff room for nursery school

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Schools £8,000 Conditional
    Parishes £8,000 Conditional
    Standing orders £480 Guaranteed
    Donations £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Community of eight villages in the Mpigi District of Uganda. This area was devastated by war and the Project was set up in 1986 to enable normal life to begin again. Tackling illiteracy was the priority but this has to be underpinned by the provision of clean water and health care. Now a loan scheme enables villagers to start small businesses. Self-sufficiency and sustainability lie at the heart of all we do.


    Children can benefit from a primary education. Those orphaned by HIV/AIDS can eat a free porridge lunch and go on to learn skills such as carpentry or leatherwork. HIV/AIDS testing for all is actively encouraged and the prognosis is now good, thanks to the availability of treatment. Our staff get an above average welfare package. Everyone benefits from clean water and from health care when mobile clinics visit the villages. People are living longer and more productive lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have worked with the villagers since the Project began in 1986. We became a UK charity in 2008. Together with our Ugandan partner charity, Kainsude (Kanyike Initiative for Sustainable Development) we have provided consistent, regular and increasing funding to kickstart a self-sufficient and sustainable way of life.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fr Kakuba Kapia

    Our inspirational and charismatic founder

    Sr Joan Yates

    Our tireless UK CEO