Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project educates orphans in 2 free primary schools. You provide 2 daily meals, access to clean water, medicine, sanitary products, and assistance for their caretakers who are typically their grandmothers. Despite walking 7 miles to school and living without electricity, your students are outperforming most others! We have promised to fund their education up to university as long as they pass their exams, and you are making this happen!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Out of a population of approximately 31 million, Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic has resulted in over 2.2 million orphaned children who have lost one or both parents. In addition to the trauma of losing a parent, orphans go without many of the basic human needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. While the African extended family has traditionally stepped in to support orphans, the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has overburdened this traditional safety net.
How will this project solve this problem?
A girl who attends primary school reduces her chances of getting HIV by 50%; if she attends secondary school, by 75%. We learned early on that children who are sick and hungry cannot learn. In addition to a quality free education we provide mentorship, love, safety, clean water, medicine, nutritious meals, and counseling to all of our students. We have a program for their caretakers that encourages them to send students to school rather than keeping them home to fetch water and care for them.
Potential Long Term Impact
By 2014, you will have built a secondary school designed especially for Nyaka and Kutamba graduates. In 2015, the very first class of students from Nyaka will be attending university, and they will graduate in 2018. Starting in 2017, you will be supporting over 900 students, from young nursery students to passionate university students, on an annual basis. About half of these students will be female, and YOU will have equipped them with empowering knowledge and skills to better their lives!
Total Funding Received to Date: $54,573
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $20,427
Total Funding Goal: $75,000