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.
May 8, 2012

Meet an 80 year old mother

Nzera and her grandchild
Nzera and her grandchild

"Before the new house, whenever it would rain we would have to gather our bedding into one corner. I didn't have any income to help thatch my old house. I am old and weak and don't have strength to work in neighbors' gardens for money," explains Nzeramaria, an 80 year old grandmother who is now a mother to her grandchild. "Without Nyaka I don't know what we would do." 

We know there is a special woman in your life: a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, sister, wife, daughter, or friend. 

We know you care about our girls' well-being from your generous donation to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project to support their education. 

6,200 grandmothers care for our students and 34,525 additional orphans and vulnerable children in rural southwest Uganda.  We realized early on that if a girl goes home to a home that leaks, doesn't have any food, or access to water, she will not retain the necessary health to learn when she returns to school the next day.  As such, we have incorporated our students' grandmothers into our holistic approach.

Our goal is for 100% of our most-dedicated Nyaka partners like you to honor or memorialize your special lady by investing in the grandmothers who care for our girls in the twilight of their years without resources beyond Nyaka. 

Your gift will allow us to:

•             build 50 homes, kitchens, and pit-latrines,

•             distribute 200 water harvesting tanks and gardening hoes, and

•             distribute 100 goats to the most destitute grandmothers in 2012.

They will receive a card to let them know of your generous gift.  You will also receive a special report chocked full of photos and stories from the beneficiaries later this year that you can share with them!

It's easy - you can make a one-time donation or you can make monthly payments.  Look at how far your investment will go in a woman's life!

Many of our grannies live exposed to the mountainous cold evenings and spend all rainy season wet and hungry.  We learned grannies will stay in their pit-latrines when it rains because it is their only escape from the rain and cold. When a grandmother receives a 'package' deal it is the best.

Grannies like Nzera are depending on your help today.

Thank you for investing in our girls' lives by honoring a special woman in your life!

One of 6,200 Nyaka Mukaakas
One of 6,200 Nyaka Mukaakas

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May 7, 2012

Grandmothers Are Our Girls' Mothers

Nzera and her grandchild
Nzera and her grandchild

"Before the new house, whenever it would rain we would have to gather our bedding into one corner. I didn't have any income to help thatch my old house. I am old and weak and don't have strength to work in neighbors' gardens for money," explains Nzeramaria, an 80 year old grandmother who is now a mother to her grandchild. "Without Nyaka I don't know what we would do."

We know there is a special woman in your life: a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, sister, wife, daughter, or friend.

We know you care about our girls' well-being from your previous generous donation to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project to support their education.

6,200 grandmothers care for our students and 34,525 additional orphans and vulnerable children in rural southwest Uganda.  We realized early on that if a girl goes home to a home that leaks, doesn't have any food, or access to water, she will not retain the necessary health to learn when she returns to school the next day.  As such, we have incorporated our students' grandmothers into our holistic approach.

Our goal is for 100% of our most-dedicated Nyaka partners like you to honor or memorialize your special lady by investing in the grandmothers who care for our girls in the twilight of their years without resources beyond Nyaka.

Your gift will allow us to:

•             build 50 homes, kitchens, and pit-latrines,

•             distribute 200 water harvesting tanks and gardening hoes, and

•             distribute 100 goats to the most destitute grandmothers in 2012.

They will receive a card to let them know of your generous gift.  You will also receive a special report chocked full of photos and stories from the beneficiaries later this year that you can share with them!

It's easy - you can make a one-time donation or you can make monthly payments.  Look at how far your investment will go in a woman's life!

$20 - Water Harvesting Tank - critical for access to clean water

$35 - Hoe & Water Harvesting Tank - for farming and food security

$50 - One Goat - can be sold to purchase food and medicine

$100 - Two Goats - produces offspring to cover school fees

$125 - New Clean Pit-Latrine - decreases exposure to cholera

$125 - Smokeless Kitchen - so grannies can cook during rainy season

$750 - Grandmother Home - provides the basic need of shelter*

$1000 - Grandmother Home, Kitchen, and Latrine*

*Many of our grannies live exposed to the mountainous cold evenings and spend all rainy season wet and hungry.  We learned grannies will stay in their pit-latrines when it rains because it is their only escape from the rain and cold. When a grandmother receives a 'package' deal it is the best.

Grannies like Nzera are depending on your help today.

Thank you for investing in our girls' lives by honoring a special woman in your life!

Mukaaka
Mukaaka

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Mar 9, 2012

Back to School Time!

Kutamba Preschooler with Toothbrush
Kutamba Preschooler with Toothbrush

Many students both young and old in the United States are daydreaming about upcoming spring break vacations filled with trips to Disneyland, endless hours of playing video games with friends, and heading to the beach or slopes for some fun thrills.

Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Students on the other hand are headed back to school to begin yet another year of walking away from systemic poverty into a future filled with hope and promise.

Our students look forward to going to school.

Can you imagine your child getting up before dawn excited to finish morning chores so that they can walk upwards of 7 miles to school barefoot each and every day?

In this mountainous region, truly, the walk is uphill both ways. While it doesn't involve snow, the walk does involve a lot of rain during the rainy seasons from March through May and again in October and November.

Why are they excited? Clean water, two daily meals, friends, and teachers who have become their mentors and surrogate family await them each and every day they make the trek!

On March 14, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  There is  $75,000 available in matching funds.  This means your donation will go 30% further.  In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a  $1,000 bonus to the project that raises  the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! 

Please give a generous gift early on March 14th and in the interim - please tell your friends about The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project!

Remember, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project doesn't select students based on their academic merit, but rather need.

Our students are the poorest of the poor who have no one else to help them get a leg-up in this world. They live with their elderly grandmothers in leaky homes that lack electricity, food security, and clean water.

Your donations have ensured that our girls who uphold their end of the bargain by attending school, working hard, and passing their year-end exams are guaranteed warm food in their bellies.

You have changed their world and their lives.

Thanks to you, school fees have been paid for our secondary girl students. School uniforms have been procured and other coveted school supplies like pencils, books, and paper have purchased.

Without donors like you, our girls would be among the scads of students in Uganda who are not allowed to attend primary and secondary school because there is no one to pay their school fees.
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Economic Impact: Teachers like Bridget who is in charge of the preschool students at Kutamba Primary School have an opportunity to earn a living in a country plagued by unemployment. She writes,
"I grew up in Kanungu and attended Greatlakes Regional College. I have 30 students this year who are going to learn about counting and new words. I am most excited about teaching them numbers and English lessons. I particularly love teaching the nursery class students, as they enjoy learning at school so much! Thank you for your support."

Nyaka Student Assembly
Nyaka Student Assembly

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