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