The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Photo from Progress Report 'Vote for Your Star Students!'

Thorbjoern Chakravarty

Thorbjoern Chakravarty
Photo from Progress Report 'Vote for Your Grannies!'

Nyaka students taking a break

Nyaka students taking a break
The Nyaka and Kutamba schools provide havens for their female students. In Uganda, girls have many obligations such as cooking and collecting water; however, while they are at school, they are provided with meals and clean water. This gives them time to focus on their education and have fun with their friends. At school, the girls are free to be children every day. This photograph was taken by Thorbjoern Chakravarty, a recent visitor to Uganda. During his time there, he visited the different Nyaka projects, such as Nyaka school and the Blue Lupin Community Library, that contribute to Nyaka's holistic mission. He documented these projects at work, and the time he spent there has led him to conclude that "change can happen not only in cities, but also in the most rural parts of Uganda." (To see more of his work, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/rumanzi/)

Nyaka student in class

Nyaka student in class
Nyaka students do not take their education for granted. Receiving an education in rural Uganda is rare enough as is; receiving free, high-quality education is even rarer, and the students make sure to take full advantage of this opportunity. The students approach their education with curiosity, focus, and pride that is evident from the work that they do, and the test scores they receive. Despite the struggles they face, they never give up hope. Their big dreams motivate them to work hard, as they understand that a good education is key to improving their lives, their families, and their communities. This photograph was taken by Thorbjoern Chakravarty, a recent visitor to Uganda. During his time there, he visited the different Nyaka projects, such as Nyaka school and the Blue Lupin Community Library, that contribute to Nyaka's holistic mission. He documented these projects at work, and the time he spent there has led him to conclude that "change can happen not only in cities, but also in the most rural parts of Uganda." (See more of his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rumanzi/ )

Nyaka Granny

Nyaka Granny
Grannies in Uganda are often shouldered with immense responsibilites after their sons and daughters pass away from HIV/AIDS. Nyaka grandmothers care for, on average, seven grandchildren. Although they struggle to make ends meet, the introduction of projects, such as Nyaka's micro-finance initiatives and the creation of sanitary latrines, help lessen their burdens. But what fuels these grandmothers to never give up is hope of a better future for their grandchildren, and their determination to bring these changes to their families and communities. This photograph was taken by Thorbjoern Chakravarty, a recent visitor to Uganda. During his time there, he visited the different Nyaka projects, such as Nyaka school and the Blue Lupin Community Library, that contribute to Nyaka's holistic mission. He documented these projects at work, and the time he spent there has led him to conclude that "change can happen not only in cities, but also in the most rural parts of Uganda."
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