Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

Jun 11, 2012

A Peace of Dignity

Wednesday, June 13th is BONUS DAY!

Every donation made on June 13th, will be matched at 50% up to $1,000 or until all matching funds run out.

There are $75,000 in matching funds available!

We are counting on you to help us take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity by sharing and giving big!

This is HUGE for women like Peace. 

Peace Nyinakacere is a 70 year old widow of Nyamakemba Village. She describes herself as a "miserable granny living a different life until recently when Nyaka rescued her." Peace was living in a leaking grass thatched house and did not have a pit latrine or a kitchen.  Read her complete story here.

YOU rescued her with your generous donation! 


If we have the most first time donors, we will receive an additional $1,000.  If we raise the most money, we will receive an additional $1,000 too!

With your help, we know that we can increase the impact of your support throughout this challenge. A sanitary latrine can be given to a grandmother like Peace for $245. A smoke free kitchen can be provided for $310.

Share. Give. Repeat.

You are our grandmother's greatest advocates!

Thank you in advance for all you continue to do for our grannies.

Peace's testimony was prepared by Ngabirano Godfrey, our Grandmother Coordinator who is called "Shwenkuru" or Grandfather by the women he serves.


May 8, 2012

Meet an 80 year old mother

Nzera and her grandchild
Nzera and her grandchild

"Before the new house, whenever it would rain we would have to gather our bedding into one corner. I didn't have any income to help thatch my old house. I am old and weak and don't have strength to work in neighbors' gardens for money," explains Nzeramaria, an 80 year old grandmother who is now a mother to her grandchild. "Without Nyaka I don't know what we would do." 

We know there is a special woman in your life: a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, sister, wife, daughter, or friend. 

We know you care about our girls' well-being from your generous donation to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project to support their education. 

6,200 grandmothers care for our students and 34,525 additional orphans and vulnerable children in rural southwest Uganda.  We realized early on that if a girl goes home to a home that leaks, doesn't have any food, or access to water, she will not retain the necessary health to learn when she returns to school the next day.  As such, we have incorporated our students' grandmothers into our holistic approach.

Our goal is for 100% of our most-dedicated Nyaka partners like you to honor or memorialize your special lady by investing in the grandmothers who care for our girls in the twilight of their years without resources beyond Nyaka. 

Your gift will allow us to:

•             build 50 homes, kitchens, and pit-latrines,

•             distribute 200 water harvesting tanks and gardening hoes, and

•             distribute 100 goats to the most destitute grandmothers in 2012.

They will receive a card to let them know of your generous gift.  You will also receive a special report chocked full of photos and stories from the beneficiaries later this year that you can share with them!

It's easy - you can make a one-time donation or you can make monthly payments.  Look at how far your investment will go in a woman's life!

Many of our grannies live exposed to the mountainous cold evenings and spend all rainy season wet and hungry.  We learned grannies will stay in their pit-latrines when it rains because it is their only escape from the rain and cold. When a grandmother receives a 'package' deal it is the best.

Grannies like Nzera are depending on your help today.

Thank you for investing in our girls' lives by honoring a special woman in your life!

One of 6,200 Nyaka Mukaakas
One of 6,200 Nyaka Mukaakas


Mar 8, 2012

Gathering Their Flocks

Guderia Recently Received a New Safe Home
Guderia Recently Received a New Safe Home

Grandmothers all across rural Uganda are busy gathering the flocks of children under their care for another school year.  Like all grandparents they want the best for their young grandchildren.  Unfortunately, life can be very difficult for these grannies who are raising their orphaned grandchildren without any assistance like child welfare or social security. 

However, they know that getting a good education is key to leaving poverty behind.

So they weave and sell baskets, eke out vegetable gardens on their tiny plots of land, and do anything they can to provide the school fees necessary for their grandchildren to attend school.

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is helping them through a revolving fund and 91 support groups filled with 6,200 of their peers. 

While the groups meet bi-weekly to discuss issues and offer support, their grandchildren, many of them Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Students head back to school to begin yet another year of walking away from systemic poverty into a future filled with hope and promise.

Our students look forward to going to school.

Can you imagine your child or grandchild getting up before dawn excited to finish morning chores so that they can walk upwards of 7 miles to school barefoot each and every day?

They do so to succeed so that they can give their grandmothers the rest they deserve in the twilight of their years.

In this mountainous region, truly, the walk is uphill both ways. While it doesn't involve snow, the walk does involve a lot of rain during the rainy seasons from March through May and again in October and November.

The grandmothers make this very same trek to fetch water, go to meetings and church, and gather their flocks of grandchildren at night.

On March 14, is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  There is  $75,000 available in matching funds.  This means your donation will go 30% further.  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! 

Please give a generous gift early on March 14th and in the interim - please tell your friends about The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project!

Your donations have ensured that grandmothers have help raising the next generation. 

Thanks to you, school fees have been procured for their grandchildren. School uniforms have been purchased, as well as other coveted school supplies like pencils, books, and paper.

Without donors like you, their grandchildren would be among the scads of students in Uganda who are not allowed to attend primary and secondary school because there is no one to pay their school fees.

You have changed their world and their lives.

Thank you!

Jovan Received a New Clean Pit-Latrine
Jovan Received a New Clean Pit-Latrine
Karigirwa With Her Grandchildren
Karigirwa With Her Grandchildren


Feb 13, 2012

We <3 YOU!

Grandmothers at Health Clinic
Grandmothers at Health Clinic

Happy Valentine's Day!

We <3 our donors for their love, care, and support of the grandmothers of our students.  Visitors to the project often remark how grateful grandmothers and students alike are for the assistance they receive thanks to donors like you.  If you need some warm fuzzies, read on...

Because of you, grandmothers are able to provide a little food, a sturdier shelter, and a loving family atmosphere for the many grandchildren they are raising.  As a result, the grandmothers caring for the students of Nyaka and Kutamba Schools are happy to report that...

*our fourth class of primary school graduates have gone on to attend secondary school - 97 students total.

*97% have passed with a B or higher grade average.

*55% passed with a A or higher grade average, a feat not experienced by their counterparts who have parents who are alive and amenities of city life, like electricity and food security.

*the two students who wished to learn a trade instead have gone on to receive vocational training and gainful employment.

*both Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools are now bustling and full with average classes of 30 students in grades preschool - Primary 7.

*every day 487 students get two meals plus snack.

*25,000 community members enjoy clean water at the Nyaka Primary School.

*students and their caretakers have access to a nurse who can supply simple medicine like aspirin or tablets for tummyaches.  When the grannies are ill, a nurse visits them to make sure they send their grandchildren to school, ensuring they continue to perform at the highest level!

Because of you, nearly 500 children and 6,200 grandmothers' lives are just a little bit brighter and filled with hope.

That's why we <3 YOU.

A Student Depicting Her and Her Granny
A Student Depicting Her and Her Granny
Grandmother Receiving a Medical Assessment
Grandmother Receiving a Medical Assessment


Jan 25, 2012

A Proud Day for Grandmothers

Innocent Celebrating His Acheivement
Innocent Celebrating His Acheivement
The Grandmothers of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project are very proud to announce the graduation of our fourth class from primary school!  



Considering only 16% of youth in Uganda attend secondary school according to the United Nations, this accomplishment bears even greater weight...


Factor in that 96% of our students are double orphans who have lost both their mother and father... 


None have electricity, running water, indoor kitchens, or flush toilets when they go to their humble homes... 


For many of our students the two meals they receive at Nyaka are the only ones they enjoy during a day...


And they walk upwards of 2 hours each direction to attend school... 


And that is not the only good news!


We have received national exam results for all 29 students for 2011 with 12 students in first grade (the very best level), 16 in second grade, zero in third and fourth grade, and 1 who did not pass.


Imagine the tremendous weight lifted off the shoulders of those grandmothers who have been advocating for their grandchildren to obtain an education.  Imagine their joy as they watch their hopes, dreams and loves walk up and recieve their diplomas. 

Our conclusion is that if 100% of our students are ROCKSTARS, it is because of the women who have stood behind them every step of the way.  This is why our human rights based, holistic support includes building warm, dry homes, providing training and services to 6,500 grandmothers.  We know that they are the home fires kept lit for our studying students.

We congratulate all our rock stars: Class P7 2011. Preparations are underway to enroll the students into secondary school and search for a vocation for the one student who did not pass to go to Secondary School.

Thank you to all of you who continue to invest in our students' success through their biggest fans, their grandmothers.


With your help, the best is yet to come!


P.S. - Want to see more photos?  Please click here.

2011 Graduates
2011 Graduates
Graduates Peeking Into the Future
Graduates Peeking Into the Future


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Twesigye Kaguri

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