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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Greetings from the Nyaka AIDS Foundation. We have lots of new things to show you. Brace yourself! I'll spread this over a couple of updates.
Our secondary school students are doing extremely well. In fact, among his 106 peers, one of our students got first place in his 1st term exam results. Check out an excel sheet attached with their results and rankings for their class. We wanted to see our impact in the lives of girls so we colored coded the students into girls and boys. You can see that the boys seem to be excelling in secondary school over our girls. Although we are extremely proud at how much they have accomplished against all odds, we are working with our teachers and staff at Nyaka and Kutamba to help our girls through extra coaching. We are also working with our guardians to make sure our girl students get the time they need to study. Attached is also a picture of our students in their secondary school uniforms. Very sharp!
In addition, the Nyaka school welcomed Brian and Alexis from Global Giving a week and a half ago. Brian and Alexis are traveling around Eastern Africa visiting the most successful projects that you support in each country. They made a video intimating their experiences and what they learned. The video speaks for itself so check it out at the first link below. You will have to scroll down about half way to reach it.
Construction on the Blue Lupin Community Library is well on its way. It's absolutely beautiful. Our grandmothers have been demanding adult literacy classes (as they absolutely deserve!) so the sooner we finish the better! If you want to see a chronology of the construction so far and read more about Nyaka's aspirations with the Library visit our Facebook Page: Nyaka AIDS Foundation. Indeed, we now have a lot of content on there including videos, picture albums, and discussions on Nyaka topics. If you have Facebook you can follow us there by becoming a fan of the page! A link to the page is below.
Thank you so much for your continuing support. As you can see, it's making a world of a difference in the lives that mean the most to us all. The future is bright!
All the best,
Nyaka AIDS Foundation
Read about our 1st. graduation and view pictures from the event.
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