Last month The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project happily announced primary student Justine’s pending trip to the United States. You may recall that a few years ago Justine was badly injured in an accident with a paraffin lamp. The purpose of this trip was to undergo surgery on burns that were inhibiting her ability to smile and move properly. It has now been a few weeks since her first in a series of surgeries, and the doctors are very pleased with her progress. In addition to the work done around her chin and mouth, her doctor would like to do another surgery around her nose and collarbone, but must wait a few months in order for her to heal properly.
Justine is taking full advantage of her recuperation time in the United States. At first, she was a little wary of the food but has now become more accustomed to the large variety of choices. Eating properly is very important as her body continues to heal. Even though Justine’s primary job is allowing her body to heal at this time, she is not missing out on her education. She’s been working with a teacher on decimals, adjectives, verbs, comprehension, and improving her reading skills. In Uganda, children must pass a national exam annually in order to advance to the next level of education. It is critical for this young girl to remain engaged. Luckily, Justine (like all The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project students) is fiercely dedicated to her education, as she knows it is her ticket to a successful and prosperous life. Most recently, an increased interest in reading has caused her to devour every book she could get her hands on. Including a copy of “A School for My Village,” written by Executive Director Jackson Kaguri. Justine has also begun writing in a journal, easing the pain of the surgeries by keeping hilarious accounts of her new experiences.
However, Justine isn’t spending all her time studying. She enjoys doing arts and crafts and making jewelry. Her host, Ruth, is always finding little gifts left around the house. Justine has exhibited courage, strength, and optimism throughout her travels, surgery, and continued recovery. Soon after she heals, Justine will return to Nyakagyezi, with her injuries well on their way to being healed, to be reunited with all of her friends and family at the Nyaka Primary School.
Thank you for your support of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in this initiative to provide yet another HIV/AIDS orphan with a healthy future, free of poverty and full of potential for success.
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