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.
Nov 28, 2016

Abia's Story - Going from Grass to Grace

Abia- former student and current nursery teacher
Abia- former student and current nursery teacher

Please meet Abia, whose story is a testament of what your love and compassion can do.  Read in her own words how her life was changed thanks to your generosity!

Happiness, Happiness, Happiness!

Once hopeless, but now overjoyed with pleasure and blessings.

I could never have dreamt of being who I am today because of the worries that had surrounded me and my younger siblings after the passing away of both our parents.

Daddy passed in 2002 and left the whole family on mum, who followed him only three months later.

Hell befell on me!  I had two younger siblings, Shirah and Isaac, who needed to be taken care of.  I was always worried about my brother Isaac. He was born with HIV, and we didn’t have money to get him the medicine he needed.  How was I supposed to shoulder every responsibility of both mum and dad at the age of 13?

I cried my eyes out every day and every night, but no relatives or friends of my parents could help me.  I was miserable and started cursing the day I was born. 

Oh alas! Thanks to Jackson Kaguri's dream of building a school for orphans, I was resurrected from the sorrows of pain.  The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project completely dried not only my tears but also the tears of my sister and brother. 

It was February 2003 when I joined Nyaka Primary School and got a breath of relief. 

Even though I was only a young girl in primary school, I was still head of the household.  I would run home from school to prepare a meal for my younger siblings, but we didn’t always have food and would sometimes sleep on empty stomachs. But then Nyaka Primary School began to have breakfast and lunch for us every day!  Me, Shirah, and Isaac would always be fed. Besides food, we also drank good water and had medicine when we were sick.  Nyaka even paid for Isaac’s HIV medicine and made sure that he would always have it.

Nyaka became our parents.  Their love and support were endless, and they treated us like their own children.  Life got better over the years, my siblings and I were healthy and in school.  I graduated from Secondary School in 2013 all because of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.  I then joined an institution to become a certified teacher.  I went from a nobody to a somebody, that is what I call from “grass to grace.”

Guess what!  Now I’m a teacher at Kutamba Primary School teaching the nursery class.  I started in the beginning of 2016, and I can’t believe it.  I sometimes pinch myself to wake up from sleep, but it is real and true.  I am not dreaming but teaching.  I have come full circle, teaching my fellow orphans whom I love so much.

I am very much honored to be among the lucky orphans who have been helped by the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and the people with big hearts who are my heroes.  I can’t express my full appreciation through this, but my heart tells it all.  Thank you for loving Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and supporting it for our children’s sake.

I remain yours faithfully,

Abia

Abia is living her dream every day, fulfilling opportunities that she never thought possible when she was a young girl. What a difference YOU have made for her!  Make a donation today to help other young orphaned children, like Abia, thrive into adulthood.

Thank YOU for making a difference!

Abia and her nursery class playing outside
Abia and her nursery class playing outside
Kutamba nursery class listening to teacher Abia
Kutamba nursery class listening to teacher Abia

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Nov 23, 2016

Building a Dream!

Status of NVSS November 2016
Status of NVSS November 2016

You believed in a dream of building a secondary school for your children and are making it possible, one building at a time!  The current building under construction at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) is the Mechanical and Metal Workshop.  Construction began in September and is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.  The construction process has been valuable to the current building and construction vocational students. They have been able to observe and learn from the construction crew.  Many of the students have never seen a building of this size be built from the beginning to end, and really enjoy the experience.

The main walls of the workshop are up, along with the roof.  Workers have begun to work on the outside overhang and the inside of the classrooms.  When the 2017 school year begins in February, students can begin taking mechanical and metal courses.  This workshop will provide extensive vocational training, and space, for your students.  It will open up many doors to job opportunities after graduation. Thank YOU for making NVSS possible! 

Once the workshop is complete, there are still two more buildings need to be completed – the building for the Physics & Chemistry labs and the Multipurpose & Dining Hall.  YOU can help finish NVSS by donating today!

Beginning of construction
Beginning of construction
Tree logs are used as scaffolding
Tree logs are used as scaffolding
The workshop with walls
The workshop with walls
Inside of the workshop
Inside of the workshop
Roof is on and the workshop is almost finished
Roof is on and the workshop is almost finished

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Nov 1, 2016

Granny Group is a Big Resource for Consirantah

Consirantah in front of her new pit latrine
Consirantah in front of her new pit latrine

Consirantah is a 65 year old woman who works hard to make ends meet.  She was born and raised in Nyakishenyi and blessed with 10 children throughout her life.  Unfortunately, three have died after battling sickness for a long time and the remaining children are unemployed with unstable sources of income.  Since Consirantah’s family is unable to help her, she must support herself and her grandchildren who she is raising, aged 13 and 14.  Her grandchildren came into her home after the death of their father, who was Consirantah’s son.  The children’s mother had abandoned them at her home.  Thankfully, Consirantah has her Granny Group to lean on.  They have provided valuable resources to help support her and her grandchildren.

Consirantah has been an active member of her Granny Group for the last eight years.  She is grateful to the Nyaka Grandmother Project for creating groups in the area.  Through the project, she had been given a pit latrine, an agricultural hoe, a water harvesting tank and a mosquito net.  These items are critical for Consirantah and her family to stay healthy.  She has also been able to benefit from a microfinance loan that her group received from Nyaka.  Consirantah used the loan to plant and grow Irish potatoes and sorghum.  After the harvest, she was able to make a profit by selling some of the produce.  By saving her profits, Consirantah has bought a goat, is able to send both of her grandchildren to school and can cater to the domestic needs in her home.  Thank you for making all of this possible for Consirantah and her family!

Donate today to help more grandmothers like Consirantah!

Consirantah and the goat she was able to buy
Consirantah and the goat she was able to buy

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