Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

 
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Kutamba Girls eating lunch at school
Kutamba Girls eating lunch at school

YOU are a hero!

YOU are ensuring that YOUR 251 girls in primary school are getting two meals every school day. that's 2,510 meals every week!

YOU ensure that all 97 of YOUR girls in secondary and vocational school receive meals while they are at school.

The gifts YOU make ensure that your students are given the nutrition they need at school so they can show their community and the world what girls can do!

This is all part of Nyaka's nutrition program. We want to show you more about the great work you are doing in Uganda for girls so we made a special video. Watch and see the tremendous impact YOU are making in Uganda.

Click here to watch it!

If you make a gift tomorrow on Giving Tuesday, you will get 100% matching for this project!

Here are the details:

It will start tomorrow December 2nd at 9:01 AM (EST) and end on December 3rd at 2:59 AM (EST).

All donations from $10 to $500 will be matched 100%!

There will be $350,000 available for matching with half released at 9:00am (EST) and the other half released at 3:01pm (EST)

Kutamba Girls eating lunch at school
Kutamba Girls eating lunch at school

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Brenda and her grandmother
Brenda and her grandmother

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).

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Mable (Left) with fellow Kutamba students
Mable (Left) with fellow Kutamba students

YOUR love gives Mable the strength she needs to come to school every day.

Mable is a nursery student at Kutamba Primary School. She loves to come to school, even if it means waking up at 5:00am every day so she can get to school on time.

At the age of just 6, Mable walks more than 2 hours every morning to school and then walks another 2 hours home.

But Mable doesn’t care how long it takes. She loves school and she has big dreams. Someday she wants to be a nurse so she can give back to her community and help her Mukaaka if she becomes ill.

Because of YOUR love and support, Mable has something worth walking to. YOU are giving her a quality education, two meals a day, a school nurse to care for her (and inspire her), a school uniform, and shoes to protect her little feet as she walks to school.

Even at her young age, Mable knows that every step brings her closer to her future and she is so grateful. 

Thank you!

Mable
Mable

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Kutamba Students in Line for Lunch
Kutamba Students in Line for Lunch

YOU are making futures happen for girls in Uganda!

When Nyaka first opened its doors, we gathered all of the important things. We had pencils and paper, passionate teachers, textbooks, uniforms, everything we thought we would need.

Everything seemed to be going great until we realized that we were missing one essential ingredient: healthy food.

Many of our students are being cared for by their grandmothers who can offer love and shelter but cannot afford to feed all of their grandchildren. Some grandmothers are raising more than 12 grandchildren!

When families in Uganda are struggling to keep food on the table, girls are often the first ones pulled out of school to help at home. We need girls to stay in school so they can grow up to impact their communities. 

Because of YOUR support, we were able to quickly to solve the problem. YOU started providing two meals for YOUR students every school day. YOU started Desire Farm to grow food and raise animals to keep our students fueled and ready to learn! YOU even provided gardening tools, seeds, and training for their grandmothers to ensure that they could keep their grandchildren fed without needing to take their granddaughters out of school. 

Right now there are 463 primary students who are receiving two meals per day through the nutrition program YOU made possible. Now your students have beans, peas, groundnuts, meat, posho, vegetables, rice, matooke (green bananas), sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes to keep them healthy and full of precious energy!

If that wasn't enough, YOUR students now have 200 chickens to provide eggs! 

YOU make all of this possible.

Thank YOU!

 

Join us for the last Bonus Day of the year!

Wednesday, October 15th

9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) 

  • Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! 
  • There is $75,000 available in matching!
  • They will be offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. 
Kutamba Student in School and Ready to Learn
Kutamba Student in School and Ready to Learn
Chickens at Desire Farm
Chickens at Desire Farm

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Administration Building Under Construction
Administration Building Under Construction

He told her that he loved her and that made her feel special. Then one day he was gone and it was time to go back to school.

Part of her knew what would happen but she went anyway, hoping that maybe the bad feeling in the pit of her stomach was wrong. Every semester when the girls came back to school, the principal made them take the test. She told herself it could be nothing but the test didn’t lie.

She was pregnant.

While the other girls went to their classes, she had to pack her things. She had dreamed of becoming a nurse but now she would never get that chance. She walked out of the school with every eye on her.  She did everything she could to keep from crying but the thought of her lost future was too much. What would she do now?

Unfortunately, this story isn’t uncommon in Uganda. Many secondary schools test girls for pregnancy as soon as their students arrive at school. If they are found to be pregnant, they are expelled immediately. Some girls drop out of school if they have had sex or have been raped to avoid the shame and embarrassment of expulsion. Without education, these girls and their children are trapped in poverty.

This isn’t a small number of girls in Uganda. Nearly 1 in 4 girls will become pregnant before the age of 18. This leads many girls to early marriage and unsafe abortions.

YOU are making sure that YOUR students are given good health education to help them avoid pregnancy and HIV/AIDS but we also want to help all of our students reach their dreams even if they make mistakes. That is why YOUR Secondary and Vocational School will not expel girls if they become pregnant.

YOUR support in building YOUR Secondary and Vocational school is helping us work towards the dream that every girl will have the opportunity to reach her dreams. Just look at the pictures of your school under construction.

Look at the beautiful roof YOU have built over the Girls’ dormitory! To the girls who will one day sleep under that roof, every rain drop they hear hit the tiles will remind them of YOUR gift.

The school is scheduled to open February 9th, 2015! That’s only a few short months away but we have faith that YOUR love will open our doors!

Here are a couple ways YOU can help us get there!

Right NOW! YOU can vote for our photos in the Global Giving photo contest. It doesn't cost anything to vote and you can help Nyaka win $1,000! Here are the links to our two photos in the running to win:  http://buff.ly/1AN7FDa & http://buff.ly/1AN7FDb

You can also share these links with your friends and ask them to vote too!

September 3rd--September 10th GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations! If you have been waiting for a good time to start giving monthly, this is it!

Artistic Rendering of Completed School
Artistic Rendering of Completed School
Girls
Girls' Dormitory Under Construction

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Project Leader

Twesigye Kaguri

Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda