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.
Jan 27, 2017

NVSS Has Been Growing

NVSS students carrying in lab equipment
NVSS students carrying in lab equipment

There was incredible progress in the construction of NVSS in 2016.  The girls and boys dormitories were 100% completed.  Before, the students were staying in one side of the dorms and even those were not finished.  By the end of the year, the entire buildings were completed and are now even ready to receive additional students.  There were also two workshops completed and utilized for vocational classes – the Carpentry & Brick Laying Workshop and the Mechanical & Metal Workshop.  There are two buildings that still need to be constructed at NVSS and these include the Dining & Multipurpose Hall and the Chemistry & Physics laboratory.  However, the New Year started out strong with the Dining & Multipurpose Hall construction beginning in January.  

The school has also received laboratory equipment and other materials needed for practical lessons.  The equipment and materials are essential to the students learning, and now NVSS now has almost all the equipment needed to conduct science lessons.  The goal is to provide quality education with a focus on improving the learning and quality of teaching around STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); increase exposure to science fields; and encourage more students to pursue STEM fields in biology, chemistry, physics and agricultural.

The academic year will begin on February 6th and preparations have been made to ensure that all students report back to school on time.  NVSS will be receiving another new class of 56 students.  Thank you for making NVSS possible and giving these students the opportunity of a lifetime!

Foundation set for the Multipurpose & Dining Hall
Foundation set for the Multipurpose & Dining Hall
NVSS teacher unpacking lab equipment
NVSS teacher unpacking lab equipment

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Jan 26, 2017

Empowering More Grandmothers Every Year

Grannies in the Grandmother Project
Grannies in the Grandmother Project

Thank you for making 2016 an amazing year and for celebrating Nyaka’s 15th Anniversary! 

Your grandmothers are especially thankful for all of the love and support you have shown them through your generous donations.  Last year a total of 18 homes were built along with 25 kitchens and 25 latrines!  There were also two more homes identified at the end of the year that will be receiving new kitchens and latrines.  Construction is planned to begin in February.  These are the homes of two children at Kutamba Primary School, both whom are living with HIV and being raised by grandmothers. 

It was also a very successful year for loan disbursement and recovery.  The total loan amount in circulation right now is UGX 305,822,700 ($92,673 USD) and is distributed between 79 granny groups.    In 2016, microloans worth UGX 265,000,000 ($80,303 USD) were disbursed to 62 granny groups and loans worth UGX 234,301,300 ($71,000 USD) were recovered by the end of 2016!  The grandmothers who receive microfinance loans are able to sustain their homes and even repay their loans quickly.

This year, the Grandmother Project will be supporting 7,001 grandmothers in 92 groups across Uganda:

  • In Kanungu the Grandmother Project covers 17 sub counties in the district with 4,031 grannies in 56 groups
  • In Rukungiri the Grandmother Project covers 4 sub counties in the district with 2,970 grannies in 36 groups. 

Your grandmothers and the children they are raising say “Mwebale Munonga” (thank you very much).  We can’t wait to see what you make possible this year!

Family that received a new home in 2016
Family that received a new home in 2016

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Jan 26, 2017

The New School Year is Almost Here

2017 Nursery Students
2017 Nursery Students

The 2017 school year is almost here! 

Your children will be back in school on February 6th, and there are 60 very excited nursery students who can’t wait to begin their educational journey.  The nursery rosters were finalized just two weeks ago by the Enrollment Committee which consists of local village council leaders, religious leaders, Nyaka and Kutamba Head Teachers, teacher representatives from each school, chairperson for school management committee from each of the two schools and the education coordinator.  Guardians complete an application form for their child and the committee conducts home visits for verification and to complete interviews with the children and their guardians.  The 2017 nursery classes will have 30 new students at Nyaka Primary School and 30 new students at Kutamba Primary School.

The nursery students aren’t the only one’s looking forward to the New Year.  In 2016, the children’s eagerness and interest in learning increased due to the creation of classroom libraries and the introduction of new technology, especially to the lower Primary classes.  An assortment of story books and games were provided for Nursery – Primary 4 classrooms in both Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools so that they could have their own small libraries.  This has enabled the children to improve their comprehension of the English Language and general learning, while at the same time having fun!  The story books, of both local and international authors, were selected based on the level of ease at which the children were able to read.   

These small classroom libraries are also stocked with E-readers and Edutabs.  A total of 100 E-readers with 5,000 E-books were purchased from Worldreader.  Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools each received 50 of them in 2016 and these were placed in the Primary 1 – Primary 4 classes as part of their small classroom libraries.  The nursery classrooms at each school also received 15 Edutabs.  This brings the total number of E-readers to 150 (with 75 at each Primary School) and a total of 30 Edutabs (15 at each school).

Thank you for making 2016 an amazing year!  We can’t wait to see what you make possible this year.

Nyaka Classroom Library
Nyaka Classroom Library
Kutamba students with E-reader
Kutamba students with E-reader

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