This month we received some tremendous good news! You may recall that one of our students, Justine, suffered from a heartbreaking accident in 2007 that has left her with many burns and disfiguring wounds that impede the ability for her body to grow as it should. Justine’s mom had given her a paraffin lamp to light, and unfortunately it caught her dress on fire. The dress was made out of nylon and the fire enveloped her body quickly.
Today, 3 years later, the burns continuously collect water and swell up, and water comes out in a puss-like substance. Justine’s scars have made her skin so tight, that the simple movements like smiling and closing her eyelids have become arduous tasks. Today, however, we are so pleased to report that Justine has finally received a visa to travel to the United States for surgery on April 26th!
Boston Hospital’s Shrine Center has very generously offered to provide these necessary surgeries and follow-up care for little to no charge. She will need several surgeries and will need to stay for a few months to recover. Generous supporters like The Riverside Church in New York have helped make this possible through a generous grant; however, we are still seeking additional support to cover her travel and accommodations while Justine recovers in the US.
With this scheduled surgery, Justine will have the opportunity to renew her life, give back to her community, and use her experiences to improve the lives of other people facing incredible odds in Uganda. We will continue to update you on Justine's status as she recovers. Thank you again for helping us change the life of yet another child. We could not continue our work without the support of people like you.
The groundbreaking ceremony for our medical clinic was held in December 2010, just after our fourth graduating class of Nyaka School had accepted their diplomas with pride. Every week we recieve new photos documenting the process of building a clinic for the people we serve in southwestern Uganda. Today, that piece of land has transformed into a foundation with walls reaching halfway to what will be the ceiling.
As he wrote in The Price of Stones, building a school for orphans of HIV/AIDS was a concept that was foreign and a path that was uncertain for our Founder and Executive Director, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. As the organization grew and we started providing fresh clean water and nutritious vegetables from Desire Farm for the community, we began to wonder where this holistic approach would guide us next. When we opened the Blue Lupin Community Library with the support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, we knew that the idea of a library in rural Uganda was revolutionary. We also knew that increased literacy and education were powerful weapons against poverty.
We continue to watch for the barriers that stand before the orphans of Nyaka and Kutamba schools so that we can knock them down, stone by stone.
The need for a clinic is great...
“When I visited Nyaka in October I was going as an Advisory Board Member. However, when people learned I was a physician, people simply showed up to seek treatment - upwards of 100 patients per day! I was overwhelmed by the need. I invited a Ugandan physician to assist me, and he was strongly impressed by the need demonstrated by patients. In this area of Uganda there is only one physician for every 250,000 people.” ~Dr. Paul Deweese, Advisory Board Member
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Dear Nyaka Family,
Thanks to your ongoing support, we have so much to celebrate! Over the last 10 years, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project has seen incredible growth and change. This growth and change can also be seen in all of our students, their Grandmothers and our surrounding communities. Please join me as Nyaka kicks-off a year's worth of our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration by sharing with you what I consider to be some of the 10 most important things we, as a family, have accomplished in our 10 short years.As we celebrate the joyous past of growth and giving, we are also soaring into the future - with many plans to make our programs even better over the next decade. We are counting on you stay with us and invite others to join us on this journey.10 Reasons to celebrate being a part of Nyaka:
1. We welcomed the first class of 56 students through the doors of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans School in January of 2003. Today we have 547 students in two primary schools and several graduates in two secondary schools.
2. We launched the Nutrition Program, a new program that set Nyaka on a track of becoming a holistic program, the only one of its kind in Western Uganda.
3. We established Desire Farm, a full-fledged farm that provides two meals a day for all our children and jobs for the community.
4. We successfully graduated 76 students. That's every single student for the last 3 years.
5. We built Kutamba, our second primary school using the same Nyaka model, to expand our reach in a different village.
6. We launched a clean water system for the entire community that provides clean water for more than 25,000 people.
7. We started the Grandmothers Program in support of their economic empowerment. It began with one group and has flourished to 91 groups with over 7,000 Grandmothers.
8. We opened The Blue Lupin Library, the first community library in Western Uganda.
9. We published The Price of Stones, the story of Nyaka, which is now being told around the globe.
10. We broke ground for a new medical clinic which will serve the health and wellness needs of the entire community.
These things would not have been possible without your support. Please stay tuned for more 10 Year Anniversary news and events throughout 2011, including features on our students and Grandmothers. The best is yet to come!With my deepest gratitude,Twesigye Jackson Kaguri,Founder and Executive Director P.S. – Please go to our brand new websitewww.nyakaschool.org to learn more about the programswe offer our children and their Grandmothers – thanks to you!
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...
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