As you may recall, the Girl Effect Challenge is in its final week. While we are so grateful to you for your support to date, we have one final request for your help.
If you enjoy this video as much as we think you will...would you ask 3 of your friends to watch it too?
If every person who has given to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project through GlobalGiving gets 3 people to invest in our girls, we can win the Girl Effect Challenge! Just remember! They have to give to our "Girl Effect" project specifically.
The $6,000 you have helped us to raise will multiply 4,5, possibly even 6 times over 2012.
Best part? After this week, you don't have to do a thing to make that happen.
Just sit back and enjoy a quarterly progress report about our students like you do now.
We can do this in the next few days, but we really do need your help now.
The very best is yet to come!
Greetings from Team Nyaka!
We have a special request today. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project has been selected to participate in the Girl Effect Challenge. We have a separate fundraising page for this initiative. Please click here. Same fabulous girls. Same cause. Same great organization.
Would you please make a $10 contribution today?
We need a large number of donors to give a small amount to win the challenge. We need over 100 donations in the next 24 hours to get into the top three finalists.
Partnerships have resulted in many thousands of dollars raised for girls like Olivia:
I am Ahabwe Olivia from Ishaka Secondary School. I recently attended a health education camp that lasted two days and it was led by “Reach a Hand" - a nonprofit from Kampala. It was so colorful and we were with college students named Humphrey, Brendah, Hellen, Kasiime, and others. They told us not to have sex at an early stage for we could get pregnant, contract diseases and/or HIV/AIDS. As a result, I made a decision not to have sex at early stage and instead concentrate on my books. Kasiime told us to have love for one another and respect each other as we listen to our elders. I thank Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project for the camp they organized for us. I learned so much!
As we reach the 7 billion population mark it seems more urgent to help us help Olivia grow up, attend university, and become a teacher, doctor, or nurse before having children! Give a small donation today and encourage 5 of your friends to do the same.
Thank you for stretching your investment in our girls further by participating in this special challenge!
P.S. - Check out this cool Girl Effect video. Get inspired and give today!
A quick reminder. As many of you know, GlobalGiving offers matching funds for projects several times throughout the year. The final opportunity in 2011 is today.
It is only through your continued generosity that we can provide our students access to an education, daily nutritional meals, medical care and clean water, and most importantly a brighter future! They are performing academically at the very top of their district. Please help us continue to offer this holistic approach to alleviating poverty in our students’ lives all the way up to a university level by remembering our Kutamba and Nyaka students today.
In Celebration of Your Generosity,
Director ofDevelopment, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
*On October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $100,000 available in matching funds starting at 12:01 am EDT. They will match until 11:59pm EDT or until matching funds run out. In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
Before we update you on our students, we would like to let you know how you can help. As many of you know, GlobalGiving offers matching funds for projects several times throughout the year. The final opportunity in 2011 is on October 19th. Please set an alarm and give generously that day!* Details follow below.
This report is focusing on our second primary school we built called Kutamba Primary. In 2006, an eleven-year-old boy walked 50 miles for three days after hearing about the Nyaka Primary School on a radio program. Hilary knew that an education was the key to preventing a future of perpetual poverty for himself and his family. People in the very remote and rural area of Rukungiri, where Hilary grew up, are even poorer than in the Kanungu District where the Nyaka Primary School is located. As a result of Hilary’s determination, Kutamba Primary School was started in 2007. Today, Kutamba is educating 207 HIV/AIDS Orphans. The students receive free uniforms, shoes, textbooks, notebooks and other scholastic materials. The children are educated starting in the new preschool, all the way up until P.7 this year. Thereafter they will attend secondary school.
Kutamba Primary School is supported by 9 teachers, a nurse, accountant, and other support staff coordinating and working on projects that assist in improving the lives of the children. As you can imagine, our ability to hire local staff not only bolsters the local economy but also helps our projects run efficiently.
The Kutamba and Nyaka School Anti-AIDS Clubs, who perform and appear on a monthly radio show, also create awareness about the plight of orphans, children’s rights, family planning, hygiene and sanitation, and other issues affecting the community. As a result of the Anti-AIDS Club activities, the community is changing. Our staff members are noticing thoughtful, educated decisions by family members of students in regards to proactive HIV/AIDS prevention. As a part of our holistic approach to education, Kutamba Primary School were provided with HIV/AIDS testing in April 2011. One student from Primary three and 10 guardians were HIV+. In the past, an HIV+ test result was a sign of imminent death. Thanks to your support, we are able to purchase the necessary medications to properly treat those in the community that need it, thus extending their lives.
It is only through your continued generosity that we can provide these students access to an education, daily nutritional meals, medical care and clean water, and most importantly a brighter future! When one drives up the steep mountain Kutamba sits atop, the children greet you with “flowers” (a shhhh, shhhh, shhh sound and hands raised up, curled like flowers), and experience that leaves nary a dry eye. Please remember our Kutamba and Nyaka students on the 19th this month and give as generously as you can.
This month I am sharing with you testimonials from some of our brightest secondary students, an equivalent to middle school students in the United States. These students recently attended a Health and Sex Education Camp put on by “Reach a Hand” a NGO out of Makerere University in collaboration with The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.
“I am Nuwagaba, and I would like to thank the people who were involved in the preparation of the student’s camp at Nyaka. I would like to thank our Country Manager and Mrs. Christine who supervised us while the camp was going on. The camp was conducted by ‘Reach a Hand’ and the topics were very interesting and educational. They taught us how to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS and getting girls pregnant. This was very interesting because I did not know that boys take part in girls becoming pregnant. They also taught us how to be successful in education. This is important because if we make education a priority we will have good lives. They also taught us how to discover our talents and Christine advised us how to behave in our community when we are on holiday. We were very happy about this and we hope the organization will organize for us more camps.”
"I am Kiconco in senior two at Ishaka Adventist College. I would like to thank Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project for preparing a wonderful camp, which will help everyone who attended. It was short but interesting and most students wished it could have been longer. They taught us how to avoid sex at an early age because we couldget pregnant or contract HIV/AIDS. They taught us how to be proud of ourselves and love one another. We also learned how to use sanitary towels (secret sanitary Pads). They inspired us to study hard, because we could be thefuture lawyers and doctors of this country. If we focus on our education we shall be winners. They sang and danced for us, made us laugh, and told us that we can live a happy life."
Thanks to generous supporters like you, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project continues to guide and support these children who have no one else to learn from and talk to about these sensitive issues.
Truly we say the best is yet to come!
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