Happy New Year!
We have just received wonderful news from Nyaka School in Nyakagyezi, Uganda. On December 28, 2010 we celebrated the graduation of our fourth class. We are happy to announce that all 29 of our students passed their final exams. 19 passed with an A+, 9 with an A and 1 with a C. We are so proud of our students!
We select the children who attend Nyaka and Kutamba schools based on orphan status and poverty level. The challenges they face on a daily basis would be difficult for most adults. Since the opening of our first school we have attempted to make an education more attainable for every child in southwestern Uganda. We currently provide free education for 547 students. 79 of which will be attending secondary school in 2011 but there are thousands nleft behind.
We promise to fund each child we enroll through their secondary education. At $500 per student we will need $39,500 for this year's class. Since our time with Global Giving began our donors have contributed nearly $90,000! We know that our goal is possible. Visit our project page and make a donation today!
Our school is tuition free for all who attend. We provide healthy meals to our students and opportunities to participate in community gardens at Desire Farms for their grandmothers. We have given the surrounding community access to clean water, the Blue Lupin Community Library and soon a new clinic will be built to serve the 250,000 members of the community.
Click here to read our latest project report about the library.
Every initiative developed by the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is done with the intention of ensuring that our students are provided with the best education. The library will ensure that our students, staff and the community as a whole will have access to up to date information. We have already started sending our school nurses out to the homes of our students so that no child has to miss school to care for an elder.
Our plan is working! Our children are thriving! They are surpassing expectations and meeting every challenge. We could not have done it without the love and support of every one of our donors! We know that you agree that our children are orphaned but they are not broken. The future is bright for every one of our students and they are working hard to create a future free from poverty for themselves, their family and their communities. Thank you for your continued commitment to our vision.
We cannot wait to celebrate more milestones with you in 2011!
For the first time in history, the communities we serve in rural southwestern Uganda have access to a full service library! We are excited to report to you, our supporters, all of the benefits that they will receive from the Blue Lupin Community Library. Education is a priority to the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School as a means to combat poverty. A vital part of a quality education is literacy and access to current information. Your donations have played an active role in providing this gift to all of those touched by our organization.
We thank you all!
We are also grateful to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for making this initiative a reality!
Take a moment to read our 2010 Blue Lupin Community Library Report for the full story...
It has been a busy 5 months since I started working full-time for Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. In addition to raising money for our students, I have been traveling around the country promoting my book “The Price of Stones” which outlines how the Nyaka dream became a reality over 9 years ago. I’ve so enjoyed meeting with you - our donors, friends, and well wishers. I’m excited to report that our children, schools, and hard work in Uganda has been featured in Time Magazine, on NPR, and more than 20 newspapers around the United States. Please visit our new website www.nyakaschool.org for more information.
To read more exciting news about the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, click on "Learning to Fly" our Winter 2010 Newsletter!
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Our comprehensive Annual Report and 990 for 2009 are published. There is a wealth of information in this year's report on each of our programs, the progress we have made, and where we plan to go from here. Skip to the program which your heart is most particularly drawn to. Read over our financial information. Jot down questions you may have and send them to us. You will find this report engaging and rewarding!
We would like to thank you for the incredible amount of support which you have given us. Please know that as you read about how we have changed thousands of lives in 2009 that we will change thousands more in 2010 and 2011 and our work is not possible without your support.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further inquiries regarding the information in the 2009 Annual Report and 990.
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
We have recently been published in TIME Magazine, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio (NPR). News about the work we do, the children, grandmothers, and communities we serve, and how successful our holistic community development model is in Uganda is rapidly spreading across the world. We would like to share all of this exciting news with you. Below are links to our major publishings.
Jackson Kaguri has been travelling all across the United States and the UK with Penguin/Viking Publishers promoting The Price of Stones. At each stop in the book tour Jackson will spend the evening speaking to compassionate folks whose paths have all led them to that place. As Jackson tells the story of his childhood and adolescence, anecdotes about his village, and about the inception of the Nyaka School- the first school in South Western Uganda for orphaned children specifically targeted for their inability to afford an education- many people are moved to tears. Two or three individuals may feel compelled to share their own journey which has led them to serving underserved communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. Others have shared their inexplicable joy at finally finding the community development model that works and that calls to their hearts- The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.
This is a testimony given by an individual after reading The Price of Stones:
“I just finished reading your book, "The Price of Stones," and I loved it. I was crying through almost every chapter and parts of it gave me chills. Your story and the stories of the orphans at Nyaka are so inspiring and I hope that many more schools similar to yours will be built. I am traveling to Uganda this year to live … for ten months while working as an intern for Soccer Without Borders. I will be coaching soccer there and working in Hope primary school. Although I was excited prior to reading your book, I am even more elated to be living in Uganda for an extended period of time now. … Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.”
If you haven't gotten your copy of The Price of Stones yet, please know that if you donate $100 or more to any of our projects through Global Giving we will send you a FREE copy of The Price of Stones Signed by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri.
Attached below are the Action Points that appear at the end of The Price of Stones. We encourage you to look through them and ask your local bookstore if they will host Jackson Kaguri for an Author Book Signing and Talk and if they will carry The Price of Stones.
Thank you so much for joining us on this journey!
-The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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