The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
2970 E. Lake Lansing Rd
2970 E. Lake Lansing Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States
517-575-6623
http://www.nyakaschool.org/
 BRIDGE Number: 2804843194

Executive Director

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Management Team

Twesigye J. Kaguri, Jennifer Nantale, Sempa Baker

Board of Directors

Frank Byamugisha, Ted Brynn, Emma Mugisha, Cath Inanir, Anu Frank-Lawale, Twesigye Kaguri, Janis Simon, Twesigye J. Kaguri, Dr. Leah Greenspan Hodor, Barbara Kroberger, Topher Wilkins, Sue Woodard, Katherine Tillery, Robin Langley

Project Leaders

Twesigye Kaguri
Daniele Reisbig

Mission

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.

Programs

The Nyaka AIDS Foundation is giving a hand up to several thousand of the most deprived orphans in southwestern Uganda. Education is our mission but we take a unique holistic human rights-based approach to ending the cycle of poverty that incorporates over 7,000 elderly grandmothers as well. Out of a population of approximately 31 million, Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic has resulted in over 1.1 million orphaned children who have lost one or both parents. In addition to the trauma of losing a parent, orphans go without many of the basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. While the African extended family has traditionally stepped in to support orphans, the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has overburdened this traditional safety net. The Nyaka AIDS Foundation was born out of this crisis. The Nyaka AIDS Foundation is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare. We envision the rural communities of Uganda able to build strong community and family structures using holistic and sustainable approaches that address challenges they face due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, with a particular emphasis on grandmothers. Nyaka operates two primary schools in two rural villages in Uganda and one vocational secondary school. Our highly trained teachers and support staff are educating students from nursery school all the way through secondary school. Older students are given scholarships to attend high school and university. A very unique aspect of our organization is that our schools are completely free to attend and children are guaranteed an education through high school from the moment they are enrolled. We believe this creates buy-in from the students to perform at their highest potential. It is working - Nyaka Students routinely perform in the top percentiles of their school district! In addition to providing a quality education in a nurturing environment, we include two meals per day, uniforms, books, medical care, and supplies to the students. As a part of our holistic human rights-based approach to combating pervasive hunger and poverty, we serve more than 7,000 grandmothers, through 92 support groups. This outreach allows Nyaka to help an additional 43,000 orphaned children living in these grandmothers' homes. Having tragically lost their own children to HIV/AIDS, they are now raising their orphaned grandchildren without social security, health care, retirement, child welfare, or basic housing. Nyaka supports these unsung heroes by providing them economic opportunities that help them to care for their grandchildren. We employ several Grandmother Coordinators who train them on practical life skills such as parenting, grief management, gardening, nursing, leadership, and business development. In addition, Nyaka provided the most destitute grannies with new homes, kitchens, and pit latrines last year, as well as a micro-finance program where they make goods like baskets and jewelry that is sold in the United States. To see samples, please go to www.etsy.com/shop/NyakaGrandmotherShop. "When you get a grandmother basket, you get a piece of our grannies' lives intertwined with yours." - Jackson Kaguri Nyaka has a very active Anti-AIDS Choir at both schools, a radio program that brings a voice to orphans and grannies, a 17 - acre farm that produces food for the schools, clean water systems at both schools, community libraries at both schools, a medical clinic, and a robust international volunteer program. Founder and Executive Director Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was selected a 2012 CNN Hero for his tireless efforts since 2001 to educate children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. He was also the winner of the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Published by Penguin Group and now in its seventh printing, Kaguri is the author of "A School for My Village," a memoir that recounts the challenges and triumphs of building Nyaka Primary School. The book has been adopted by schools around the world, including many universities. Mr. Kaguri has also published a series of children's books. To see the latest books, visit our website: https://www.nyakaschool.org/books.php The human rights-based holistic work that we are doing has the potential to be replicated in other villages, countries, and continents around the globe.

Statistics on The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2016: $1,496,087
  • Annual Budget for 2007: $121,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $1,496,087
  • Other funding sources: Segal Family Foundation Stephen Lewis Foundation Beautiful World Canada Women's Empowerment Epic Foundation Rotary International 60 Million Girls Imago Dei Fund Individuals, churches, and other groups.
  • Religious Affiliation: None
   

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