Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

 
$54,603
$20,397
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Remaining
Aug 1, 2014

YOU are helping Olivia Soar!

Olivia dreams of being a pilot.
Olivia dreams of being a pilot.

The day her father died, Olivia knew her life would never be the same. He had been sick for a while. Even as a primary 2 student, she felt a change in her world. Olivia told us “I felt out of place. I lost hope.”

After the death of her father, her mother couldn’t afford to keep all of her children in school anymore. After just a few years of school, it seemed that Olivia’s education was finished.

“It was as if my life had ended. I was the first born at home and it was like my home was also perishing. My mum kept guiding me. I would work in the garden with her and I would wonder where my life was going to go.”

Then the Nyaka Primary School opened.

Olivia learned from her mother about the school that was opened for HIV/AIDS orphans. Olivia couldn’t contain her excitement. The deep longing she had in her heart to go to school spilled out in laughter and tears. She and her mother hurried to apply for the school and she was accepted.

“I am now living a better life. I am now in senior 6 and I hope to pass my exams so I can go to University next year. I want to help others in the future. I extend my sincere thanks to you for supporting me.”

Because YOU gave her the chance, Olivia and many girls like her will be able to graduate from High School and attend University. Olivia dreams of being a pilot. Thanks to YOU, she will get to live out her dream.

Thank YOU!

Two of our future Nyaka graduates.
Two of our future Nyaka graduates.

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Jul 16, 2014

Give Today at 9:00am EST! 50% Matching!

Isabela
Isabela

Isabela is in her first year of secondary school working towards her dream to be a doctor.

She and her two siblings live with their grandmother.

She loves reading books and playing netball with her friends.

Isabela may seem like a normal girl but in reality she is a HERO defying the odds.

Isabela doesn't want to be a statistic.

Just by stepping a foot into her secondary school, Isabela and her female classmates will marry 4 years later and have 2 fewer children. When she chooses to have children, they will be more likely to attend school as well!

With YOUR help, she is going to graduate secondary school and go on to university to become a doctor.

Isabela isn't a statistic. She's a smart, capable girl proving that girls can achieve.

YOU are helping your girls defy the odds and overcome poverty! 

YOU are making a difference in their lives and the lives of their children!

THANK YOU!

We need your help to ensure more girls like Isabela can reach their dreams!

Please join us TODAY  for a special Bonus Day!

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

It starts at 9:00am (EDT) and will last until 11:59pm (EDT) tonight!

Please give early! Funds will go fast! 

 

There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

AND $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further! 

Girls in their Nyaka Primary School uniforms
Girls in their Nyaka Primary School uniforms

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Jul 15, 2014

Meet Judith, The Future Teacher!

Judith holding her drawing of herself as a teacher
Judith holding her drawing of herself as a teacher

Meet Judith!

She is a great student with the dream of one day being a teacher.

You’ve never met but she thinks about YOU all the time.

When she walks to school in her very own pair of shoes and bright green uniform,

when she sits in a classroom reading a book YOU have provided for her,

when she falls asleep at night with a full belly of nutritious food,

she thinks of YOU and the precious gift YOU have given her.

Because of YOU, Judith will grow up to be a leader in her community and a beacon of hope to other girls who want to succeed!   

Judith and All of the 352 girls you support are reminded of YOUR generosity every day.

 

Help us reach more girls like Judith!

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

Tomorrow, July 16th, 2014 

9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast! 

 

There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

AND a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further! 

Please join us!

Close up of Judith
Close up of Judith's drawing

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Jul 9, 2014

YOU are Building Dreams!

Girls
Girls' Dormitory with new roof!

We don't tell you enough...YOU are amazing! 

YOU have given your girls everything they need to change their futures!

Girls in Uganda who are orphaned by HIV/AIDS are more likely to marry early or have an unplanned pregnancy, and are much less likely to finish school (or even have the chance to attend)!

YOU are a bridge between  them and a future of prosperity. Because of YOU, they are showing their community and the world what girls can do. 

And what's even better? 

Now you are building them a brand new Secondary and Vocational School!

Currently, Nyaka and Kutamba primary students must apply to Secondary and Vocational Schools in the region to continue their education. They have to live far from home and their support systems. Nyaka provides students with free tutoring, access to internet, and a case manager to help them address problems. Their Secondary and Vocational Schools do not provide many of these added supports. Most Secondary and Vocational Schools haven’t built in the unique needs of HIV/AIDS orphans into their programs.

The common practice when girls come to school at the beginning of the year, and every time they come back to school from breaks, is to give a pregnancy test to every girl. If they are found to be pregnant, the school will expel them. They must leave while all the other students and teachers watch, suffering embarrassment and ridicule. This experience is so frightening for girls that many will drop out of school if they have engaged in any sexual activity. As a result, many girls are denied education and an opportunity to escape poverty.

Nyaka believes that education is vital for girls to escape poverty. We have taken steps to improve our prevention measures as well as strategize ways to help girls who become pregnant. Unlike most of the Secondary and Vocational Schools in Uganda, The Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School will not expel girls who become pregnant. No girl will have to drop out of school because she is afraid of being ridiculed and embarrassed. She will be supported.

All of YOUR nearly 200 secondary students have worked so hard to graduate from primary school. Now they can also receive a guaranteed quality secondary education. 

YOU have already put a roof on the Secondary and Vocational School's main building. Today we are sending you a first look at the brand new roof on the Girls' dormitory! 

Thanks to YOU, we are making progress to opening our doors for students at the beginning of the school year in February 2015!

Keep up the great work!

 

We also want to thank you for your support during this last Bonus Day!

YOU raised $3,155 for YOUR children! THANK YOU!

Didn't get the chance to give last month?

YOU have another chance!

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

July 16th   9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast! 

There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

There will also be a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further! 

Girls
Girls' Dormitory with new roof (side view)
Girls
Girls' Dormitory with new roof (back & side view)

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Jun 25, 2014

Give Today for 100% Matching!

Nyaka Primary School students
Nyaka Primary School students

YOU are making a difference for YOUR children.

Children like Sarah.

Sarah is a primary 6 student at Kutamba. She studies hard in her classes so that one day she can be a librarian. 

Because of YOU Sarah and the other girls you support will have two nutritious meals today.

They will wear the uniforms and shoes YOU provided for them.

They will be healthy because YOU have provided vaccines and healthcare for them.

They will smile and jump and play football because YOU have given them a reason to be happy.

 

YOU can help Sarah and all of YOUR children even more!

For every gift you make today starting at 12:00pm (EDT), Microsoft YouthSpark will match your donation 100%!

  • Matching starts today at 12:00pm (EDT) and will end tomorrow at 11:59 am (EST)
  • There is $200,000 for matching but the funds will go quickly. Please give as soon as you can after 12:00pm (EDT).
  • Only donations between $10 and $1,000 will be matched.
Sarah and her drawing of herself as a librarian.
Sarah and her drawing of herself as a librarian.

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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