Many students both young and old in the United States are daydreaming about upcoming spring break vacations filled with trips to Disneyland, endless hours of playing video games with friends, and heading to the beach or slopes for some fun thrills.
Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Students on the otherhand are headed back to school to begin yet another year of walking away from systemic poverty into a future filled with hope and promise.
Our students look forward to going to school.
Can you imagine your child getting up before dawn excited to finish morning chores so that they can walk upwards of 7 miles to school barefoot each and every day?
In this mountainous region, truly, the walk is uphill both ways. While it doesn't involve snow, the walk does involve a lot of rain during the rainy seasons from March through May and again in October and November.
Why are they excited? Clean water, two daily meals, friends, and teachers who have become their mentors and surrogate family await them each and every day they make the trek!
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Please give a generous gift early on March 14th and in the interim - please tell your friends about The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project!
Remember, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project doesn't select students based on their academic merit, but rather need.
Our students are the poorest of the poor who have no one else to help them get a leg-up in this world. They live with their elderly grandmothers in leaky homes that lack electricity, food security, and clean water.
Your donations have ensured that our students who uphold their end of the bargain by attending school, working hard, and passing their year-end exams are guaranteed warm food in their bellies.
You have changed their world and their lives.
Thanks to you, school fees have been paid for our secondary students. School uniforms have been procured and other coveted school supplies like pencils, books, and paper have purchased.
Without donors like you, our students would be among the scads of students in Uganda who are not allowed to attend primary and secondary school because there is no one to pay their school fees.---------------------
Economic Impact: Teachers like Bridget who is in charge of the preschool students at Kutamba Primary School have an opportunity to earn a living in a country plagued by unemployment. She writes,"I grew up in Kanungu and attended Greatlakes Regional College. I have 30 students this year who are going to learn about counting and new words. I am most excited about teaching them numbers and English lessons. I particularly love teaching the nursery class students, as they enjoy learning at school so much! Thank you for your support."
Happy Valentine's Day!
We <3 our donors for their love, care, and support of our students. Visitors to the project often remark how grateful students like Jonathan (see the letter below) are for the education they're receiving thanks to donors like you. If you need some warm fuzzies, read on...
Because of you,
*our fourth class of primary school graduates have gone on to attend secondary school - 97 students total.
*97% have passed with a B or higher grade average.
*55% passed with a A or higher grade average, a feat not experienced by their counterparts who have parents who are alive and amenities of city life, like electricity and food security.
*the two students who wished to learn a trade instead have gone on to receive vocational training and gainful employment.
*both Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools are now bustling and full with average classes of 30 students in grades preschool - Primary 7.
*every day 487 students get two meals plus snack - for most this is their only meal of the day.
*25,000 community members enjoy clean water at the Nyaka Primary School.
*students and their caretakers have access to a nurse who can supply simple medicine like aspirin or tablets for tummyaches.
Because of you, nearly 500 children and 6,200 grandmothers' lives are just a little bit brighter and filled with hope.
That's why we <3 YOU.
Considering only 16% of youth in Uganda attend secondary school according to the United Nations, this accomplishment bears even greater weight...
Factor in that 96% of our students are double orphans who have lost both their mother and father...
None have electricity, running water, indoor kitchens, or flush toilets when they go to their humble homes...
For many of our students the two meals they receive at Nyaka are the only ones they enjoy during a day...
And they walk upwards of 2 hours each direction to attend school...
And that is not the only good news!
We have received national exam results for all 29 students for 2011 with 12 students in first grade (the very best level), 16 in second grade, zero in third and fourth grade, and 1 who did not pass.
Our conclusion is that 100% of our students are ROCKSTARS!!! They exemplify qualities of success at the tender age of a middle schooler that many of us hope to achieve *sometime* in our life.
We congratulate all our rock stars: Class P7 2011. Preparations are underway to enroll the students into secondary school and search for a vocation for the one student who did not pass to go to Secondary School.
Thank you to all of you who continue to invest in our students' success.
With your help, the best is yet to come!
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Please enjoy this very short end-of-year video from the students and grandmothers of Nyaka and Kutamba.
Your donations this year provided 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.
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
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