Feb 1, 2021

Students have returned to NVSS!

NVSS art students designing COVID-19 posters
NVSS art students designing COVID-19 posters

In Mid-October, schools reopened for the candidate classes of P7, S4, S6 (Grades 5, 10, and 12 equivalent) and finalists in tertiary colleges/universities.

Nyaka was thrilled to welcome students back to school after seven months of mandatory countrywide lockdown. Since their return, we have been following the Ugandan Ministry of Health's guidelines to keep students, staff, and the community safe. Soon after NVSS students returned, they began doing their part to help keep campus safe. The NVSS construction team built an in-ground system for the removal of wastewater from hand washing facilities and art students took part in designing and hanging up posters on COVID-19 control around the school.

We all remain hopeful that we will have all our students back in class soon. We are still awaiting guidance from the Ugandan government to let us know when non-candidate classes will be able to return to school.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this time.

Teachers meeting with returning students
Teachers meeting with returning students

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Jan 20, 2021

Students have returned to NVSS!

NVSS art students designing COVID-19 posters
NVSS art students designing COVID-19 posters

In Mid-October, schools reopened for the candidate classes of P7, S4, S6 (Grades 5, 10, and 12 equivalent) and finalists in tertiary colleges/universities.

Nyaka was thrilled to welcome students back to school after seven months of mandatory countrywide lockdown. Since their return, we have been following the Ugandan Ministry of Health's guidelines to keep students, staff, and the community safe. Soon after NVSS students returned, they began doing their part to help keep campus safe. The NVSS construction team built an in-ground system for the removal of wastewater from hand washing facilities and art students took part in designing and hanging up posters on COVID-19 control around the school.

We all remain hopeful that we will have all our students back in class soon. We are still awaiting guidance from the Ugandan government to let us know when non-candidate classes will be able to return to school.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this time.

Teachers meeting with returning students
Teachers meeting with returning students

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Jan 15, 2021

'Healing yourself is connected with healing others'

Seven-year-old Balinda along with two other children were sent to a family member's house during the day. After being there all day, it was too late to leave, so they trustingly stayed the night. In the middle of the night while sleeping, Balinda’s life changed. While staying at the exact same family member’s house Belinda and the other children were staying at to avoid the dangers of walking home at night, Belinda was sexually assaulted. Her very own relative physically assaulted and threatened her.

When Belinda returned home, she didn’t immediately tell anyone about what had happened because she feared for her life. About a week later, her mother noticed something was wrong. She sat Belinda down and Belinda courageously told her mother everything. It was clear Belinda wasn’t physically ok and her mother brought her to a Nyaka Healing Center. At the Healing Center, Belinda received medical treatment and both she and her mom were counseled through the emotions of this heartbreaking situation. Nyaka is working with Belinda to help her find both physical and mental healing. While healing, Belinda nor her mom will have to worry about the costs of seeking help and justice.

During the month of December, our Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) program registered 10 new cases. SGBV program Director, Tabitha Mpamira, quotes Yoko Ono saying, “Nyaka and the SGBV program believe in working in the community, because lasting change can only happen when we are all engaged. ‘Healing yourself is connected with healing others.’”

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