We’re so glad you want to be a friend of Kibo. Whether you spend 5 minutes or 5 hours learning about our work in Uganda, we hope you walk away knowing one important fact:
Kibo is different.
First, a word from our fearless Country Director.
“Welcome. We invite you into the adventure of development done right. I speak from experience when I say that being a friend of Kibo changes your life and takes you places you never thought you’d go. We hope you partner with us as we pursue Christ, promote justice, and share life with one another across oceans, faiths, and cultures.”
— Henry Oyier, Country Director
The Kibo Way
More than just an organization with projects, Kibo is a network of friendships that started between a small group of Ugandans and Americans in the mid-1990s and that now includes a wide, expanding community. These friendships motivate Kibo’s efforts to address poverty and injustice in African communities.
What We Do
Kibo pursues asset-based, holistic, sustainable community development. Here's what that means:
How We Do It
Kibo’s work is made possible through the following priorities and practices:
We live out the Kibo Way every day through our five unique programs. These programs work in tandem with our partner villages to lift communities out of poverty, empower them to take responsibility for their own well-being, and give them the tools to flourish long after Kibo has moved on to other villages.
Water is key to all life and all development. That's why we work hard to dig and repair wells in water-scarce communities. Before we do that, though, we empower villages to improve their sanitation and hygiene standards to keep water clean and disease at bay.
FEATURED STORY: Clean hands? Think again. Kibo’s newest curriculum puts the WASH back in handwashing.
Unhygienic practices are at the core of disease and death in many of our partner villages. Simple behavioral changes, like washing hands, can help break the cycle. Learn how we empower villages to take ownership of their health — and their lives.
Three-stone cooking fires are dangerous. They burn children, they fill the cooking hut with smoke, and they are wildly inefficient. Yet they are how most women in Busoga cook day ... after day ... after day. Enter Kibo. We help women build their own fuel-efficient and smoke-reducing stoves. Each stove-building session is a bonafide dance party because the community knows their lives are about to change.
Our Kitchens program is growing, and so is its staff. Our new staffer will help our Kitchens program expand. Also: She’s awesome. Get to know her!
"If you're in a dangerous situation, you can run away." "Don’t make fun of girls on their periods." "No, your uncle shouldn't touch you there." Simple relationship skills can make or break a childhood. While Kibo's other programs work mainly with adults, our Life Skills program works with children aged 13-18 and their parents to enhance critical thinking, self-esteem, decision-making, and more.
FEATURED STORY: A graduation bash for the ages: How our first-ever Life Skills Exhibition turned students into teachers.
After going through the Life Skills curriculum, these children have the self-esteem and skills they need to manage their relationships well. And they're eager to share what they've learned.
We never said empowerment was easy. In addition to Bible lessons, women's empowerment, and anger management, our Empowerment curriculum now includes a heavier emphasis on health. Lack of knowledge about health can exacerbate even the simplest health concerns, such as burns. That's why we provide communities with the tools to prevent infection and disease — because God wants us all to flourish.
FEATURED STORY: We're investing big-time in health education. Here's why.
Health matters. But how? Our increased emphasis on health education comes from years of experience working in rural communities where infection and disease are common, and education is sparse. Those with deep knowledge of Uganda and Kibo are sure to welcome Irene Ngobi, a professional nurse and our newest employee.
At Kibo, we love trees. Trees, such as Mvule trees, prevent mudslides, provide shade, and curb climate change. But more than anything, planting a tree means planning for the future — a future that requires the investment of the whole community. That's why our Mvule program promotes long-term economic flourishing by facilitating goat exchanges, investing in local businesses, and fostering unity. Many communities even open joint savings accounts, buy land together, and write a constitution to be ratified by the Ugandan government. Trust. That's what makes the Mvule program so special in the nonprofit world.
Are politics always a dirty game? Ask Bupaluka village after its members come together to debate issues of substance and the future of their community. They are passionate, they often disagree, but they are unified in their desire to pursue flourishing — together. We can all learn from their unity and drive.
At Kibo, 100% of the on-the-ground work is done by East Africans.
Local wisdom. That’s #TheKiboWay.
Kibo’s now on Venmo! It’s never been easier to support sustainable development work in Uganda. Make your gift now: @kibogroup.
If you prefer good ol’ fashion checks, that’s great! Make checks out to “Kibo Group International” and send to:
PO Box 145, Searcy, AR 72145
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An anonymous donor funded the coffee-and-shirt giveaways mentioned above, including postage. Offers expire on January 1, 2019. All prizes will be mailed by February 1, 2019. Fill out the form below with any questions.
How is Kibo growing? +
We hired two new staff members this year, all while renaming and restructuring our programs. Adding Irene Ngobi to our Health and Spiritual Empowerment staff increases our ability to educate communities about how to prevent disease. Suzan Keddi’s social work background helps not only to increase the output of the Healthy and Safe Kitchens program, but also to make it more holistic. Our new program names reflect how our programs have evolved over the years. Men started attending our Women’s Empowerment meetings, and the Mvule program does a lot more than plant trees! Our Ugandan staff named their own programs to best reflect their work in the villages.
What is “core mission support”? +
Sometimes called “overhead,” “core mission support” refers to everything not spent directly on programs. Kibo believes that investing in core infrastructure is beneficial to our programs. However, of the six Americans who work for us, one is voluntary, one is part-time, and two fundraised their own salaries for a short-term assignment.
What is the Experience Africa program? +
“Experience Africa” refers to student interns, Kibo fellows, and visitors who pay to come to Jinja to learn about Kibo. Their payment means that we often break even or make money after fees and rent are considered.
Who paid for the print report and the prizes listed in the "Partner with Us" section? +
The print edition of the annual report and all prizes were funded by a single anonymous donor.