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!
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
Tomorrow, July 16th, 2014
9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast!
This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further!
Please join us!
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!
July 16th 9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast!
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.
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