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Jun 3, 2019

You Create a Legacy of Female Leaders!

Meet Kirabo! Your support develops her to a leader
Meet Kirabo! Your support develops her to a leader

Starting a new school is a big change, but it’s even more shocking if you never thought you’d still be in school at 15.

 

Before joining Nyaka, Kirabo’s family couldn’t afford to feed their children, let alone send them to school. Even if they had the money, Kirabo was afraid that her family would send her brothers to school before her. In rural Uganda, paying for a son’s school fees is a more important investment than a daughter’s education. Before she turned five, Kirabo had given up on her dream to attend school. She thought she was destined to be a young wife and a young mother.

 

However, because you give Kirabo free education at Nyaka, her dreams have changed. You’ve given her the tools to reach her dream of becoming a lawyer. She is so excited to work towards her education goals this year!

 

Click the link below to watch a video about how your kindness allows Kirabo, as well as two other female students, to unlock their true potential. By enabling these girls to start their school year off with the tools and support need to succeed academically, you are helping them become Uganda’s future leaders.

 

Your gifts not only empower Kirabo, but can continue to impact the many girls yearning for an education in rural Southwest Uganda!

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Jun 3, 2019

You Give Nyaka Girls a Voice to Change the World!

Meet Amelia, a voracious reader!
Meet Amelia, a voracious reader!

When Amelia was a child, she and her orphaned siblings lived with their grandmother. Amelia’s grandmother loved her children. However, as a farmer, it was hard to afford the grandchildren’s basic needs, including school fees.

Amelia attended school, but often, she would be chased away from class because her family couldn’t afford the school fees. Even when she was in class, she couldn’t focus. She was too nervous that someone would run into her classroom and chase her away until she could pay.

Amelia saw how one of her sisters had to drop out of school, before age 13, to work in the fields. Amelia dreamed of becoming a nurse to help people who were sick like her family members. Yet, she was terrified that, like her sister, she would have to end her education early.

Because of you, Amelia’s life is changed forever! When Amelia was seven, a community member told her grandmother how Nyaka school offers free education to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Her grandmother immediately enrolled her.

Once Amelia started at Nyaka, she loved learning how to read and write. She became an avid reader. She loved to discover new words. If she didn’t know a word, her teachers encouraged her to look it up! Amelia is now a Primary Seven student who loves to impress the judges in debate club with her advanced vocabulary. (Often, her verbosity and eloquence expeditiously stupefies her opponents.)

Your Nyaka Debate Club helped Amelia gain the confidence to speak in public. She has learned to consider her opinions and defend them with research. Since you helped Amelia to find her voice, she wants to become an advocate to speak up for other children who are chased out of school.

Amelia is so excited to follow your example and make a difference.

All smiles because you make Nyaka possible!
All smiles because you make Nyaka possible!
Focused on learning so she can advocate for others
Focused on learning so she can advocate for others

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Jun 3, 2019

You Empower Victors through Compassion

Your compassion helps survivors find comfort in their community again.

Caroline* and her friends were busy studying for their final national exams. To find a place to read together at night, they would meet at church. Caroline was determined to ace her tests. One night, Caroline went to the church expecting her friends to meet her, but none came. She stayed to study. When she was too tired to keep reading, she fell asleep, alone.

She wasn’t alone though. Her neighbor saw her enter the church. When he realized no one else was going to come, he grabbed her neck. She tried to scream, but he covered her mouth, neary suffocating her. Then he raped her.

Caroline told her parents. Since the rapist was her neighbor, everyone in her village soon knew what happened.

This is how Caroline described what her life was like after her community found out: “My classmates keep saying I smell like rape. They don’t want to sit with me in class. As I walk home, the children of my rapist have waited for me and try to beat me. I never feel comfortable, even at home, because my thoughts keep going to that day every time I’m alone. I see my rapist every time I’m alone, and sometimes when I’m asleep, he comes in my dreams.”

Caroline thought her only escape from her pain would be to kill herself, but your kindness has literally saved her life. You are giving Caroline free counseling to overcome her trauma.

The community education you provide is helping improve understanding of sexual assault. Though Caroline still faces stigma for speaking about her attack, she has you in her corner. Because of you, she has a social worker and the emotional support of other survivors. They remind her that she is valuable.

Girls like Caroline should be able to find support from their community, not be blamed for their own assault. You’re helping make that change. Thank you!

*Names have been changed

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