Please enjoy this very short end-of-year video from the students and grandmothers of Nyaka and Kutamba.
Your donations this year will provide in 2012: •uniforms, textbooks, medical care, and nutritious meals, school supplies to nearly 600 students,•secondary school scholarships for primary school graduates,•medical care and clean water to the surrounding communities at-large,•seeds, gardening implements, and microfinance opportunities for 7,000 grandmothers, and much more! •For more info, please read our latest newsletter. Happy Holidays!
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Founder and Executive Director The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Students, Grandmothers, Board of Directors, and Staff in Uganda The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers in the U.S.
As the Holiday Season begins, we'd like to thank you for investing in the lives of our students and grandmothers in rural Uganda. Thanks to your generosity, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is one of 12 partners with the GlobalGiving Girl Effect Project in 2012! Thank You! As you reflect on what you are grateful for in your own life, please know how grateful we are for your support, love, and care of our grannies and their orphaned grandchildren. Please enjoy this Holiday message from Founder and Executive Director Twesigye Jackson Kaguri.
It is only because of you that our students and grandmothers are thriving under circumstances that are unimaginable for most of us - thank you. Happy Holidays -
The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project family
As you well know, the Girl Effect Challenge is in its final week. While we are so grateful to you for helping us raise over $6,000 in donations to date, we have one final request for your help.
If you enjoy this video as much as we think you will...would you ask 3 of your friends to watch it too?
If every person who has given so far gets 3 people to invest in our girls, we can win the Girl Effect Challenge.
The $6,000 you have helped us to raise will multiply 4,5, possibly even 6 times over 2012.
Best part? After this week, you don't have to do a thing to make that happen.
Just sit back and enjoy a quarterly progress report about the girls.
We can do this in the next few days, but we really do need your help now.
The very best is yet to come!
Greetings from Team Nyaka!
Meet Founder Twesigye Jackson Kaguri in this short video and hear about our girls and the challenge!
As you know, we need a large number of donors to give a small amount to win the challenge. We are still far behind the leaders in donations. Thank you so much for investing in our girls future...please ask 5 friends to make a $10 contribution today as well.
Partnerships have resulted in many thousands of dollars raised for girls like Olivia:
I am Ahabwe Olivia from Ishaka Secondary School. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project pays my fees to attend school.
I recently attended a health education camp that lasted two days and it was led by “Reach a Hand" - a nonprofit from Kampala. It was so colorful and we were with college students. They told us not to have sex at an early stage for we could get pregnant, contract diseases and/or HIV/AIDS. As a result, I made a decision not to have sex at early stage and instead concentrate on my books. They told us to have love for one another and respect each other as we listen to our elders. I thank Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project for the camp they organized for us. I learned so much!
As we reach the 7 billion population mark it seems more urgent to help us help Olivia grow up, attend university, and become a teacher, doctor, or nurse before having children! Please encourage 5 people in your life to do the same. This might be your daughter, son, wife, husband, significant other, pastor, teacher, students, etc.
We need over 100 donations in the next few days to get into the top three finalists.
Thank you for stretching your investment in our girls further by asking others to participate in this special challenge!
P.S. - Check out this cool Girl Effect video. Get inspired!
Thank you for your recent donation to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. With your help we are now in 8th place for the Nike Girl Effect Challenge. We need to advance to 6th place or better in order to win and be one of 12 organizations that share the funding and partnership with Nike Girl Effect in 2012.
You've invested in our girls. Now, would you please forward this report to 3 of your friends, neighbors, family members, and/or folks you work out or go to church with? We only have 22 days left in the challenge and would like to get to 6th place by the end of this week. A handful of $10 gifts will truly go a long way!
At Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools, our girls are receiving an education, but even more importantly, they are experiencing the joy of hope. Think about a time when you worked through a difficult situation and came to a place of hope, joy, and knowing “it was all going to be okay.” Your investment in our girls is helping them move from loneliness, grief, and hopelessness. As orphans who have lost their mom and dad at such a young and tender age, it is because of their experience at school that they now feel hope, joy, and love. Their schools aren’t just an educational institution – it is their family.
This isn’t to say that the road is easy for our girls. A few months ago, our secondary school students who attend boarding school were released for holiday a week early due to lack of food at their schools. This scenario has happened in schools all over the country because commodity prices have gone up and funds were not enough to run the schools for the whole term. Our students came back to their homes near Nyaka. Instead of losing that time, they were able to eat and study at the Blue Lupin Library at Nyaka. Their studies weren’t interrupted thanks to Nyaka and our donors who have ensured we give our students medical attention, nutritious meals, access to clean water, love and HOPE!
Over their holiday, secondary school students were also engaged in organized activities under the supervision of our Nyaka staff. They came and worked at Desire Farm 3 days a week. In the afternoons, the students engaged in computer training and revision of their papers in the library. We want our students to enter university at the same level as their peers who grow up with electricity and the benefits of living near a city.
Reproductive health is always a concern for these teenaged girls, and therefore a counseling and guidance session was carried out by female teachers for our secondary school girls. Nyaka Primary Seven students attended holiday classes for 2 full weeks during the holidays to prepare them for their final exam that determines their eligibility to enter secondary school.
Our students walk over a ½ marathon every day to attend school. They study during their holiday break. They work on the Farm and contribute to their grandmothers’ well-being. These girls are between the age of 10 – 14. Try to imagine a young girl who is special to you having to do the same just so they can become educated and hope for a better future.
Please take one more step and forward this report to a few of your friends. Tell them about how you have invested in the lives of these young ladies.
KellyDirector of Development
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