During this Holiday Season we want to celebrate the tremendous work you are doing for your grandmothers in Uganda.
Twine is one of the 7,005 grandmothers YOU are supporting through this project. She is 57 years old and raising two grandchildren on her own. Her grandchildren came to live with her four years ago after their mother died of HIV/AIDS.
Twine had a business growing maize but she wasn't making enough money to keep her family fed and healthy. There was no bank she could go to and she had no credit history.
But Twine's Granny Group knew her. Her fellow grandmothers knew she was trustworthy, they believed in her skills as a business woman, and they knew that she would work hard to pay them back.
They voted to give Twine three micro-finance loans for her business. They ranged from 50,000 to 60,000 Ugandan Shillings. (That's only $18--$22 US dollars!)
For less than $60 US Dollars, Twine was able to expand her business. Now she can support her grandchildren's education costs, keep her family fed, and still has enough money to pay back her loan.
Just $60 made all of this possible!
Every Grandmother YOU help improves her life and the lives of the people in her community. The impact you are making will be felt for generations!
Thank YOU for making a difference!
This year YOU made history!
25 of YOUR primary school girls graduated and will be the first to attend YOUR Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School in just a few short months.
This means that YOUR girls will have a better chance to reach their dreams! Uganda has a devastatingly high rate of unplanned pregnancy among young girls. About 1 in 4 girls will have a pregnancy before they turn 18. Most secondary schools in Uganda expel girls immediately if they are found to be pregnant, immediately ending her chance to complete her education. Some schools allow girls to come back to school after a year but many girls do not return.
Without an education, girls in Uganda will not be able to speak up and have their voices heard. YOUR support is changing the tides for these girls.
The quality health education and support YOU provide to YOUR girls has done so much to help them avoid unplanned pregnancies but we know that we can do more to ensure that YOUR girls can wait to have their first child when they are ready.
The Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School will mean that YOU Nyaka team will be able to provide more health education and support specific to their needs. Nyaka is committed to YOUR girls and their futures. No girl will be expelled if she becomes pregnant. Instead she will be given additional support to ensure that she can continue her education and care for her child.
Because of YOU, YOUR Nyaka Girls will have more control over their lives.
YOU are also sending girls to University!
YOUR Senior six girls have graduated and will be preparing to attend university in the fall. These students are from YOUR pioneer class of students. They were the first class of students to attend Nyaka Primary School when Nyaka first opened its doors!
The first step to getting more women in a position of power in Uganda is to have more women in University. YOU have given them everything they need to achieve their dreams and now they are doing it!
Thank YOU for making 2014 a fantastic and historic year for YOUR girls!
YOU are making a difference for girls like Brenda
Brenda lost her parents to HIV/AIDS when she was in Primary 3. After their death, her grandmother couldn't afford to send her and her two sisters to school. At first Brenda was relieved. She said it felt too difficult to go back after her parents died.
A year later she learned about Nyaka Primary School. She begged her older sister to take her to the school so that she could apply. Brenda was admitted into primary 4 and has been a Nyaka student ever since.
She is now in her senior six preparing to graduate from secondary school. She will be applying to university to study accounting.
Her story is impossible without YOU.
We need YOUR help to reach more girls like Brenda!
If you make a gift today starting at 9:01 am (EST), you will get 100% matching!
Here are the details:
It will start today, December 2nd, at 9:01 AM (EST) and end on December 3rd at 2:59:59 AM (EST).
All donations from $10 to $500 will be matched 100%!
There will be $350,000 available for matching with half released at 9:01am (EST) and the other half released at 3:01pm (EST).