The holidays are finally here!
And in honor of this Thanksgiving, the Nyaka team is celebrating by giving thanks to YOU.
We’ve had an amazing year, and it would not have been possible without all of your generous support.
Through your help, we’ve been able to serve thousands of grannies by providing vocational training, and improving their standard of living with smokeless kitchens and sanitary latrines.
Through your help, we’ve been able to provided hundreds of students with free, quality education in facilities conducive to fun learning opportunities.
And through your help, our Executive Director and Founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, was named a CNN Hero! Wow!
It’s been an incredible year, and we wouldn’t have done it without YOU!
But that’s not all…
Now you can watch and see what your support has helped us do in Uganda!
Meet Brenda Phillips, a talented documentary filmmaker and Nyaka volunteer, who traveled to Uganda in March 2012. While at Nyaka, she broke ground on a documentary capturing the stories of the grannies and students of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.
We want to invite you to take a few minutes to see what Brenda’s been up to. Click here to experience her beautiful footage, and see for yourself the changes being made in Nyaka through YOUR support.
Want to see your support go even farther? Then get ready for #GivingTuesday!
GlobalGiving has partnered with Microsoft to celebrate #GivingTuesday for a full day of matching donations! On Tuesday November 27th, for every dollar a donor gives to a micro-project on GiveforYouth.org, Microsoft will donate another dollar. For example, a $100 donation becomes a $200 donation. There are $100,000 in matching funds available.
Check out our Facebook and follow our Twitter while we encourage everyone to take part in #GivingTuesday!
Your dedication has inspired us!
We are making a new commitment to the grannies of Nyaka.
We are commited to providing services to three more districts - a total of approximately 15,000 grannies!
Click here to watch the announcement from Executive Director and Founder, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri as he announces our new commitment at Clinton Global Initiative.
In the month of September, you helped provide 16 houses, smokeless kitchens and sanitary latrines for Nyaka grannies like Granny or Kaaka Kyarimpa.
You are fantastic!
On October 17th, Global Giving brings you the final Bonus Day of the year. Starting at midnight, all gifts will be matched at 30% up to $1,000!
Grannies like Kaaka Kyarimpa are still waiting for your help!
67 year old Kaaka Kyarimpa lives in Byongo Village near Kutamba Primary School. She cares for three grandchildren and is active in her grandmother group. She lost her husband a long time ago and since then she has been staying in difficult conditions.
Kaaka Kyarimpa is sickly, has no source of income and finds it difficult to provide enough food for her family. She was forced to abandon her house when the lower side collapsed (see below) and she could not raise funds to repair it. Luckily her neighbor was able to give her a small room where she could stay with her grandchildren.
As one of the beneficiaries of the 2012 Nyaka Housing project you support, Kaaka Kyarimpa and her grandchildren will live a better life because of her improved living conditions that include a new house and a pit latrine. (See below.)
Do you see that little one standing right in front of Kaaka Kyarimpa?
That child is a nursery student attending Kutamba Primary School that will now be able to rest in a safer home, have a healthier caregiver and be less likely to catch diseases due to the use of an unsanitary latrine.
YOU did all of that.
So today, celebrate your personal fight against poverty by doing three things.
Your impact is HUGE and we could not continue to do this work without you!
You are a gift to the little girls of Nyaka and Kutamba.
In a global education system where girls are often overlooked, you are the difference.
You don't just believe that women have a right to an education, you act. Thank you!
You have gone out of your way to provide a FREE quality education to the 65% of our students who are young girls.
On October 17th, starting at 12:01 ET, you can do 30% more with your generosity.
But first, your project report!
If you were to walk through the doorway of the P.4 class at Kutamba Primary School every student would shoot up from their desk and welcome you.
Click here to watch a thirty second video of their special welcome.
"You are welcome, our visitors."
They would declare,
"Discipline first. Academics second."
They would answer the question,
with a hearty, "No!"
Your students come to school every day because you keep the doors open, the meals coming and the water clean. You believe in them and therefore, they believe in themselves because you have made them a priority year after year.
Are you curious about what your students have been studying? Click here to take a peek into the classroom by reading progress reports from the teachers. You are making sure that your students have incredible opportunities to brighten their future.
Next year, as sixty students move up to secondary school, we will accept sixty more students into preschool!
Your actions today will continue your legacy of generosity in the lives of these future leaders.