Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

Mar 21, 2013

You Light Up Our World

"Even a single light dispels the darkness." --Gandhi

Your Nyaka grannies just received 250 lights from Fifty Lanterns International

Click here to see photos of your grannies recieving the gift of solar-power.

Fifty Lanterns is a nonprofit organization which provides solar-powered lanterns to communities torn apart by poverty.

Thanks to this gift, your grannies will have even more light in their lives! 

Every time YOU reach out and support your grannies, YOU are that single light!  

Fifty Lanterns recognizes the value of YOUR dedication and support! The light YOU share with your Nyaka grannies, simply because YOU believe in the importance of their well-being, spreads every day!

Through YOUR support, the Nyaka grannies are now living more comfortably and are better equipped to care for their grandchildren--your students!

The changes YOU have made are beyond measure!

Thank YOU

Consider giving a gift and spreading more light for your Nyaka grannies today!


Mar 4, 2013

Educating Our Women

At Nyaka schools, we’re making our girls a priority.

We’ve enlisted the unending support of their dear grandmothers. Through different training programs, we’ve been able to ensure that the grannies have the necessary tools and language to guide their granddaughters through these challenging years.

In Uganda, where access to sanitary napkins and reproductive health education are scarce or lacking altogether, young women are often left at a major disadvantage. Recent statistics state that 25% of adolescent girls become pregnant before the age of 19. That’s one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The implications of this can be devastating. Pregnant teens are often unable to complete secondary school, which diminishes their chances for future employment, and they’re also at a higher risk of maternal death.

Most recently, we had the honor of hosting Lorrie Lynn King, the Founder and Director of 50 cents. Period. Her work focuses on making sure young girls around the world have the supplies, facilities and education relating to menstruation. 

Lorrie spent some time with us on the ground, interviewing our grandmothers about their concerns and insights as we all work to support their granddaughters. With her wonderful work, we have been further able to develop our reproductive health curriculum. Our grandmothers will be better equipped and empowered to instruct their granddaughters how to take care of and protect their bodies.

After visiting Nyaka, Lorrie left us with these words: “Nyaka School changes lives and empowers entire families and communities…it is truly a blessed, magical place.”

We are so thankful for Lorrie’s dedication to this cause and the lasting impact she’ll have on the women and girls in our community!

And we are so thankful for YOU, because every time YOU donate to our grannies, YOU’ve ensured a brighter future for them and their grandchildren.

From all of us over at Nyaka, we say THANK YOU again and again!


P.S. Mark your calendars! Global Giving will have their first matching day of the year on March 13th! Give a gift on that day and Global Giving will match it 30%! That's great news for everyone!  

Lorrie's take on Nyaka


Jan 24, 2013

Dance With Us! Walk With Us!

Happy New Year, Nyaka friends and family!

We hope you’re settling into 2013 with lots of joy and love. And we wanted to take a minute to thank YOU once again for all you did in 2012!

Last year was truly an amazing year of growth and development for the Nyaka students, grannies and community members. And it’s been a great pleasure to watch the lives of so many people move in a positive direction…all in thanks to YOU!

All of our success and triumphs we owe to YOU, our dedicated and loyal supporters.

You generously gave $84,026.55 to the children and grannies of Nyaka this holiday season.

You went above and beyond our goal of $55,000 by $31,725.35! WOW!!

YOU did it!

That's right, we've got a lot to celebrate in 2013, so let's get dancing!  Check out this short video created by our friends, Brenda and Toby--it's sure to get you moving! Click here to watch it now!

Every time YOU generously give, YOU enhance the life of grannies in the Nyaka community, much like those seen in the video above.

THANK YOU for making 2012 wonderful for them all!

Now that the New Year’s celebrations have abated, we’d like to invite you to take a moment to walk with us and our  grannies throughout 2013.  We value YOUR support and would like to share this journey with YOU.

Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for our most recent updates! 

Or consider making a donation to Nyaka and help change the life of a grannie today!



Dec 31, 2012

YOU can give us a little hand up!

Over the past six weeks, we’ve shared some of our most inspirational stories with you in our Story-A-Week storytelling series.

It has been a great honor for us to be able to tell you about all the wonderful things YOUR support has made possible for our community of students and grannies.

And we’d like to tell you one more time what a great year it’s been for our Nyaka grannies—thanks to YOU! Over 6,000 grannies have benefited tremendously from improved living conditions, micro-finance projects and vocational training. Most recently, many of them got to watch their grandchildren graduate to the next level of their education! A true blessing for everyone!

Yes, it’s been a wonderful year for our grannies, because YOU supported them.

In our first installment from our Story-A-Week series, we told you about Brenda Phillips, one of our Nyaka volunteers who created a brilliant documentary about the grannies. In case you missed it, you can check it out here!

YOUR support matters to the Nyaka grannies and we thank YOU. But we’ve still got $2,000 to raise before year end so we can continue the wonderful work we’ve all been a part of—enriching the lives of the Nyaka grannies and students.

YOU have made so much possible this year, and we know YOU can help us reach our year end goal!

Consider making a year-end donation for our Nyaka grannies today!


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

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Twesigye Kaguri

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East Lansing, MI United States

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