Pacific Academy Outreach Society is committed to not only assist children but also provide help for the greater community. Over the years a number of projects have been undertaken often with the support of various relief agencies. These have included a program to construct pit latrines and the distribution of seedlings for the growing of cash crops. Currently the community development program focuses on three areas: Agriculture, Health, and Loans
All of these programs depend upon special donations to operate (check the special projects section for projects needing funding)
The Kibaale farm project not only provides food for the schools, but allows students to learn good farming practices. Currently the Kibaale Community Center has nearly 250 acres available. Crops such as pineapples, corn, cooking bananas, beans and potatoes are being produced with surpluses being sold or given in aid to the community. A small head of cattle and a flock of chickens are maintained by the primary school. From time to time teaching demonstrations are arranged for the local families to learn good practices.
The clinic at Kibaale organizes, in cooperation with the District Medical Officer, child immunization programs in villages within 15 km of Kibaale. Every two weeks a team goes out into the bush for a day to immunize. The clinic also provides instruction in the community on pre- and post natal care. (see clinic page)
Kibaale Community Center makes small loans available for the projects aimed at establishing viable businesses to provide a source of income for families. Funds are only made available to widows and usually to small groups of women. Loans are usually in the range of $50 - $250 and must be repaid within the year. A small amount of interest is charged. The program has been very successful and the repayment rate is running above 95%.