Our students' results are in for their Primary Level Exams (PLE)!
Students who scored a Grade A+: 8
Students who scored a Grade B+: 17
Students who scored a Grade B-: 1
and Students who scored a Grade C: 0
Not a single student failed the PLE. Our top scoring students in Grade A+ have been accepted into one of the best schools in the region, St. Jerrard's Secondary School in Rukingiri. Our other students have joined our Pioneering Graduates at Ishaka Adventist College in Ishaka. See a picture of our graduates below. You can also see a slide show of pictures from the graduation on the homepage of our website.
Monika Dietrich, a Michigan State University medical student, is at Nyaka right now conducting a nutritional assessment for our students at the Nyaka and Kutamba School. She will evaluate our Nutrition Program (including our school meals, school and community gardens, and the Desire Farm) in conjunction with a study of our communities' food customs in order to make sensitive suggestions on how we can better support our kids and our communities. Follow her blog at the link below.
The date is set! We will be opening the Blue Lupin Community Library on April 26th, 2010 and we need books and salaries. In many of our hearts we are tied to our memories of how our imaginations were invigorated by good books in safe public spaces when we were kids. Some of us as children, adolescents and adults escaped the anxiety of life through good books. The intellectual depth and knowledge we gained brought us into adulthood and maturity. Give the gift of a good book and a safe public space by donating towards the Blue Lupin Library. We are in the process of hiring a qualified librarian and purchasing books in Uganda.
Our Grandmothers speak up. Two our grandmothers with incredible courage and fortitude chose to tell their stories on camera for you, Grandmother Matrida and Grandmother Alice. We asked them to speak freely and talk about issues which were relevant to them. Follow the link below to watch their videos.
Lastly, we would like to fulfill our responsibility to you by linking our schools' latest inspection reports. These two reports follow up on the last quarter of 2009 at the Nyaka and Kutamba Schools. They critique their successes and failures with progressive suggestions on how issues can be mended and the schools can perform at their best.
All the best,
The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
First of all Nyaka would like to wish you a Happy Holidays. Certainly these holidays are going to be some of the happiest in years for Nyaka. Some of you may have heard that a serious drought has been affecting Eastern Africa and Uganda has not been spared. However, the rains came on schedule in September and from the looks of it the harvest is going to be plentiful by the end of December. For our students, our grannies, and their families the hunger season is now over!
We have another class of beautiful graduates receiving their certificates in December. The Nyaka Director and Founder Jackson Kaguri will be at Nyaka for the graduation ceremony. Below you will find our graduates' pictures. These students need scholarships to go to secondary school by January 2010 ($500 for 1 yr of tuition, room, board, food, and clothing). Please look into your heart to see if supporting a student is part of your life's mission.
If you want to see how our secondary school students are doing we have posted several video testimonials where Onesmus and Izadolo talk about what life is like and how it has changed at the Ishaka Adventist College. Follow the link below to see those videos.
There have been several interesting developments in the Grannies Program. We found that our grandmothers sometimes make handcrafts but have no local market in which to sell them. We bought their handcrafts and several wonderful women volunteers held Mukaaka Parties (Mukaaka= Grandmother in vernacular) to sell these handcrafts, raise money for the Grannies Program, and, most importantly, to raise public awareness about what we are doing and find more committed supporters. See a pic of these activities below. If you are interested in getting involved in these Mukaaka Parties email Megan at email@example.com.
Our Nyaka students have been flourishing in their own imaginative think tanks lately. Our teachers are always trying to expand their teaching methods so as to deepen our student's intellect, learning capacity, and imaginations. Below you will find a link to pictures of 4 different projects which our students have been doing: 1. puppet play project 2. cultural greeting card project 3. bed friend project 4. photo journalism project. Our students did the photo journalism project with Elm Middle School students in Chicago, IL. In fact, below you'll find a link to a Chicago Tribune news article about the project and why Elm Middle School students got involved.
Lastly, we at the Nyaka Office in the US are trying to "go green." We are doing this so that we can save costs on administration and send more to our kids. If we have your mailing address and/or you would like to receive updates, thank you letters, tax letters or other mailings by email please email our US office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have safe and Happy Holidays!
Nyaka AIDS Foundation
As 2009 comes to the end, I would like to thank you once again for your support, care, and love. We graduated one class of 21 students last year, 21 students went on to secondary school, one student joined vocational training.
This year we are graduating 26 students, our teachers tell me all 26 will pass their exams to secondary school. You have been there for us and so we come to you once again to support these wonderful 26 young people. $500 will cover all expenses (tuition, books, uniform, transport, and pocket money) for one year. Remember 65% of all our students are girls.
Besides students we care for more than 6,000 grandmothers who have lost their own children and taking care of orphaned grandchildren, we have completed the first community library in Western Uganda. None of these accomplishments would be possible without your support.
As you think of your holiday gifts, please do not forget Nyaka and Kutamba, do not forget grannies, and do not forget our communities.
Dear Nyaka friends, collaborators, and investors,
We've put together a comprehensive update on all of our programs and what they have accomplished so far this year. If you are somewhat unfamiliar with the history of a program the update makes sure to bring you up to speed on the mission and past accomplishments of the program. The update includes our students' grades for the first term who are in secondary school and in both primary schools. Additionally, the update offers you tons of resources and links to media online so that you can get more involved in the programs that are close to your heart at Nyaka. For instance, you will find an interview with Jolly Babirukamu, our National Grannies Coordinator, on what the Grannies Program has accomplished so far as well as an interview with one of our beneficiary grandmothers.
You'll enjoy it!
-The Nyaka AIDS Foundation
Brian Banks is a student who is traveling throughout Africa this summer and visiting a number of GlobalGiving projects. On May 19th he visited "Provide education to AIDS orphans in rural Uganda." When asked what he would tell his friends about this project, Brian said: “Incredible: You need to see this!"
While talking to a couple students about their experiences at Nyaka AIDS Orphans School, we were inspired by their impressive intellect, self confidence, and curiosity which exemplified the importance of this school in their lives. Christine, now in grade 7, lost both parents when she was two months old. Since, Christine has lived with her grandmother. She told us that if it weren’t for Nyaka School, which provides free tuition, uniforms, scholastic materials, and medical treatment (for family members too!), she would not be attending school. Christine is now a leader at her school, as health prefect, she teaches her classmates about proper hygiene. Another student we met, Emmanuel, had a similar story. Today, he is on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor.
Nyaka School serves 214 orphans. Not only does the school offer a superior standard of education (3rd of 143 schools in the area), but it provides students with a happy escape from their usual hardships. We heard, on many occasions, that students would prefer to be at school (learning or playing) than at home. In one of the school’s initiatives, the Anti-AIDS club, students use drama and song to personally evaluate their situation and teach the community about the consequences of AIDS.
Recently, Nyaka School, with the help of GlobalGiving funds, constructed a building which houses the kitchen and dining hall, making it possible to provide two nutritious meals per day to students. The building also contains a clinic, which not only serves the students, but their guardians as well, free of charge. Finally, the building includes a space where students can perform. Here, the Anti-AIDS club performed a play for us early in the day about the struggles of AIDS orphans.
Nyaka School has begun to work with the guardians (usually grandmothers) of their students. The “grannies” program works with 6,000 guardians in the area, providing agriculture, animal husbandry, and income generating tools and training. With the skills they learn, grannies are able to better care for the orphans they are raising. Throughout the day we visited numerous grannies who recently began to keep animals (goats, pigs, etc.), farm, and even make baskets to sell. One granny, Matilda, told us that she was struggling to feed the children and the much needed income has helped her provide for the orphans. Keep an eye out for the Nyaka Foundation’s grannies program which is soon to be posted on GlobalGiving!
While visiting another grandmother, caring for four orphans, we were reminded of Nyaka School’s uniqueness. When we asked the children their names, only one answered right away. He was a student from Nyaka, and he had understood our English. He quickly translated for his same aged siblings who attend the local public school. Hopefully, with continued funding, Nyaka will be able to serve all the orphans in the area.
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