Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

Dec 14, 2012

Let's Celebrate!

Grandmothers attending the celebrations
Grandmothers attending the celebrations

Season’s greetings, friends of Nyaka!

Last week was a very special time for our Nyaka and Kutamba Students, as well as our pioneer Secondary School students. Together with the grannies, we got to watch our Primary 7 and Secondary 4 students don their purple, green, and black caps and gowns for a graduation celebration!

That’s right—the students YOU’ve supported all along have just completed another year of school! Because YOU've supported the Nyaka grandmothers, the loving caregivers of so many of our students, YOU have allowed these grannies a chance to give their grandchildren something they might never have had, an education.

Take grandmother Alice Tukahigwa, for example. Before Nyaka connected with her, she was living in poor health and unable to pay school fees for her granddaughter, Vastina. Through YOUR generosity, Alice has been able to send Vastina to Nyaka schools.

"My child is now at school learning every day, and she is healthy because of Nyaka," Alice recently told us. "It makes me very happy to see my child at school studying. Thank you!"

This graduation is a truly monumental event in their lives, and it would not have been possible without YOU!

You have the opportunity today to re-invest in their lives in a deeply meaningful way.

From now until the end of the year, GlobalGiving is matching all recurring donations by 100%! And there’s still $22,000 available in matching funds! That's a lot to share!

Let's celebrate this opportunity and all we've accomplished together this year through a gift that will count twice as much!

You know what's even better? GlobalGiving is making it easy to give a gift in honor of your friends and family. It only takes a few seconds, and you can print off a holiday card with your donation here!

One of our Nyaka volunteers, Amber Davis Collins, made it to Uganda just in time for the ceremony! She made a lovely short video for all of our supporters--that's YOU! Click here to watch the video now.

YOU made all of this possible! And we feel so lucky to have your support.

Want to check out everything YOU helped make possible this year? Browse back through our blog to read up on  many of Nyaka's inspiring stories!

As always, we thank YOU and value YOUR support.

Please consider a recurring donation of $10 or more today.

Happy Holidays!


Our Graduating Class!
Our Graduating Class!
one of our wonderful grannies
one of our wonderful grannies
Nov 21, 2012

Giving Thanks to YOU!

a happy Nyaka student
a happy Nyaka student

The holidays are finally here!

And in honor of this Thanksgiving, the Nyaka team is celebrating by giving thanks to YOU.

We’ve had an amazing year, and it would not have been possible without all of your generous support.

Through your help, we’ve been able to serve thousands of grannies by providing vocational training, and improving their standard of living with smokeless kitchens and sanitary latrines.

Through your help, we’ve been able to provided hundreds of students with free, quality education in facilities conducive to fun learning opportunities.

And through ­your help, our Executive Director and Founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, was named a CNN Hero! Wow!

It’s been an incredible year, and we wouldn’t have done it without YOU!

But that’s not all…

Now you can watch and see what your support has helped us do in Uganda!

Meet Brenda Phillips, a talented documentary filmmaker and Nyaka volunteer, who traveled to Uganda in March 2012. While at Nyaka, she broke ground on a documentary capturing the stories of the grannies and students of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.

We want to invite you to take a few minutes to see what Brenda’s been up to. Click here to experience her beautiful footage, and see for yourself the changes being made in Nyaka through YOUR support.


Want to see your support go even farther? Then get ready for #GivingTuesday!

GlobalGiving has partnered with Microsoft to celebrate #GivingTuesday for a full day of matching donations! On Tuesday November 27th, for every dollar a donor gives to a micro-project, Microsoft will donate $.50. For example, a $100 donation becomes a $150 donation. There are $100,000 in matching funds available.

Check out our Facebook and follow our Twitter while we encourage everyone to take part in #GivingTuesday!


Oct 16, 2012

Sixteen Homes and A New Commitment

Kaaka Kyarimpa
Kaaka Kyarimpa's New Latrine!

Your dedication has inspired us!

We are making a new commitment to the grannies of Nyaka.

We are commited to providing services to three more districts - a total of approximately 15,000 grannies!

Click here to watch the announcement from Executive Director and Founder, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri as he announces our new commitment at Clinton Global Initiative.

In the month of September, you helped provide 16 houses, smokeless kitchens and sanitary latrines for Nyaka grannies like Granny or Kaaka Kyarimpa.

You are fantastic!

On October 17th, Global Giving brings you the final Bonus Day of the year.  Starting at midnight, all gifts will be matched at 30% up to $1,000!

Grannies like Kaaka Kyarimpa are still waiting for your help!

67 year old Kaaka Kyarimpa lives in Byongo Village near Kutamba Primary School.  She cares for three grandchildren and is active in her grandmother group. She lost her husband a long time ago and since then she has been staying in difficult conditions.

Kaaka Kyarimpa is sickly, has no source of income and finds it difficult to provide enough food for her family. She was forced to abandon her house when the lower side collapsed (see below) and she could not raise funds to repair it. Luckily her neighbor was able to give her a small room where she could stay with her grandchildren.

As one of the beneficiaries of the 2012 Nyaka Housing project you support, Kaaka Kyarimpa and her grandchildren will live a better life because of her improved living conditions that include a new house and a pit latrine. (See below.)

Do you see that little one standing right in front of Kaaka Kyarimpa?

That child is a nursery student attending Kutamba Primary School that will now be able to rest in a safer home, have a healthier caregiver and be less likely to catch diseases due to the use of an unsanitary latrine.

YOU did all of that.

So today, celebrate your personal fight against poverty by doing three things.

  1. Give yourself a pat on the back.  You deserve it.
  2. Sign up to give $25 monthly - enough to provide twelve microfinance loans!
  3. Invite 30 friends to join you by sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Blog about it, why don't cha?

Your impact is HUGE and we could not continue to do this work without you!

Kaaka Kyarimpa
Kaaka Kyarimpa's New House!


Sep 18, 2012

CNN Hero Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Thanks to loyal supporters like you, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Executive Director and Founder Twesigye Jackson Kaguri has been selected a 2012 CNN Hero.

Today, however we need your help!

There are a total of 24 CNN Heroes this year and coming up this Thursday at Noon ET the Top Ten Heroes for 2012 will be announced!

Please visit the CNN Facebook page and tell them loud and proud that you want Twesigye Jackson Kaguri in the Top Ten! Please comment and share on this website why you think Jackson should be chosen!

The stakes are really high for the children and grannies of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Each Top Ten Hero receives $50,000 for their charity. If by the end of the voting period, which officially begin Thursday, Jackson is voted as the #1 Top CNN Hero for 2012, he gains an additional $250,000 for this critical work that means so much to you!

What you can do right now!

1. Visit the CNN Facebook page and let CNN know that you want Twesigye Jackson Kaguri on the Top Ten list.

2. Share the link with your friends and ask them to do the same.

Thank you for your love, care, and commitment, to our students and grannies. We are so grateful for you carving time out to help out this week!


Aug 13, 2012

Breaking News!

Janati - YOU can be her HERO - vote today!
Janati - YOU can be her HERO - vote today!

Please remember to vote for sweet Janati...we're currently in 7th place and need your help to win $1,000!

More Breaking News!

You may recall that The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Founder and Executive Director Twesigye Jackson

Kaguri was recently selected a 2012 CNN Hero.*

In addition to the original feature, CNN also filmed Jackson encouraging students to dream big and to aspire to do
good in this world.

You can watch this two-minute film by clicking here.

On Thursday, September 20th, CNN will announce this year's TOP 10 CNN Heroes, at which time
online voting begins for "Hero of the Year."

The Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive $50,000, and the CNN Hero of the Year will receive $250,000! We know that we can count on you to promote and vote if Jackson makes it into the TOP 10...and we promise you will be the first to know when it happens!

Winning this award would mean the world to the students and grannies you have come to love.

Thank you so much for your unwavering support. Please remember to take the time to vote for
Janati's photo before August 15th!

Extra-credit if you ask your friends too also. :)

You are simply the best!

Your Hero!
Your Hero!


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Twesigye Kaguri

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East Lansing, MI United States

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