The Mukisa Inclusive Village is located on Bussi Island, a small island in Lake Victoria that consists of 11 villages and several other little islands around it. Bussi is one of the top destinations for bird watchers worldwide as it is home to the Shoebill, and some other rare bird species.

Although Bussi is only an hour way, it is considered a hard to reach area with people living with little access to basic services such as health and education. The major economic activity on the Island used to be fishing, but people are slowly turning to subsistence  agriculture due to new fishing regulations that left most of them without an income. This has further increased the communities’ problems of malnutrition, high increase in population, high illiteracy rates and dropout rates, mass deforestation, stigma and negative beliefs towards persons with disabilities especially children.

Mukisa Foundation started a medical outreach program in 2015 at the only government health center on the island providing assessments, Therapy, refills for those with chronic conditions, referrals for operations, counseling, and disability awareness programs. Mukisa has since bought land with a phased plans to create an inclusive village, a model for social inclusion that started in 2018.

What has been done so far:

  1. A multipurpose hall for meetings, and trainings, underground storage water tanks, and toilet block were built and officially opened in September 2019. It currently hosts the medical outreaches and vocational training activities.
  2. Started a two-year Project (2020-2022) in partnership with Rotary international. The project aim was to empower families who have children with disabilities with knowledge and skills with the goal of social and economic This consist of
    1. A demonstration farm of both crops and animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and goats
    2. 30 families of who have children below the age 13 years were given farming training and starter packs to start their own small farms.
    3. 50 young adults with disabilities have been empowered with skills in farming, tailoring, art and design. Each student received a starter pack in their area of expertise that included animals, tailoring machines and art/craft materials.
  3. Hostel for young adults with disabilities that have to travel long distances to the schools
  4. Community awareness campaigns on disabilities, inclusive education, violence against children among others

Future developments

  1. Social and eco-tourism site with Bandas and chalets for accommodation
  2. Vocational training school for marginalized youth especially teenage mothers, those from economically disadvantaged families and youth with disabilities