Kisa – grace, kindness, mercy, generosity (Luganda)
In his book, My African Travels, Sir Winston Churchill wrote, “The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa.” Sadly, the country Churchill dubbed ‘the Pearl’, has been dealing with political unrest and its attendant problems of human rights atrocities, poverty, hunger and disease since the early 1960’s. Against these odds, the people of Uganda still manage to cherish life, embrace joy and remain generous, welcoming hosts.
The KISA Design Challenge invites designers to draw inspiration from both the unparalleled beauty of the Ugandan landscape and the unconquerable grace of its people. Ugandans have ready access to natural materials such as seeds, coconut shells, bone, wood, horn, etc., as well as recycled materials such as fabric, metal, plastic, and paper.