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 1, 2017

Flavia is Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Uganda

Flavia at NVSS
Flavia at NVSS

Flavia is a 16 year old girl at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS).  She just completed her 2nd year of vocational training and is an inspiration for girls everywhere.  Instead of choosing a traditionally female vocation course, like tailoring, Flavia wants to become a building engineer when she graduates.  Thank you for giving her the opportunity to enter a field that has always been ran by men.

Life has been difficult for Flavia and her family, so she is determined to change her future for the better.  She was only a year old when her father passed away.  Her mother was left to raise her and her four siblings.  This single-mother family was very poor.  Sometimes Flavia’s mother would work on plantations to make a little money for the family.  However, this was hard on the mother and most of the time she couldn’t even meet basic needs for her children.

Flavia’s life changed when she became a nursery student at Kutamba Primary School.  She writes,

My relief came from Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project through the construction of Kutamba Primary School.  I was admitted to the school in 2007 upon its opening and was able to study from there up to 2014 when I completed Primary 7.  The next year I joined the wonderful Nyaka Vocational Secondary School.  I enrolled in the newly established vocational class opted for Building and Concrete Practice, a course most people consider to be for males. 

I am determined to become a great engineer and inspire other ladies into the same profession.  Being strong and hardworking, I took up this course to become a great and trustworthy engineer in a field that is male dominated.  I see my dreams coming true in the near future.

Flavia will be an amazing engineer when she is finished with school.  She will be a role for other young girls who are also interested in careers that aren’t usually pursued by women.  You have given her the confidence and courage she needs to pursue her dream and become a successful, professional woman.  Thank you for giving Flavia the chance to break the cycle of poverty that she was raised in.  

Learning to build walls in class
Learning to build walls in class
Building and Concrete class
Building and Concrete class

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Jan 1, 2017

Provia's Hope is Back

Provia displaying the products she sells
Provia displaying the products she sells

Provia is a 56 year old grandmother raising three of her grandchildren - Robin 12 years old, Doreen 9 years old and Faith 5 years old.  The children’s mother died after being sick for many years.  After her death, the father brought the children to Provia.  Their father leaves them at the grandmothers home and offers little to no support for them.  Provia is left with the responsibility of raising her grandchildren now.  Luckily, she has become an amazing saleswoman.

Provia’s has been part of BF Suma which sells various supplements and medications to the community.  Some of their products that Provia sells include cordyceps supplements which greatly helps patients with high blood pressure; pure broken capsules (for diabetic people and AIDS patients which helps in boosting their immune system); Micro two tablets (help to clean veins of older persons to increase body blood circulation) and anatic herbal soap (cures skin rashes and ring worms plus other food nutrients).  She sells her products from her home, at funerals, market places, churches and any other community gatherings. 

There is a large market for these products and Provia is able to make a good profit by selling them, so she is able to provide for her grandchildren.  Provia is thankful for the opportunity that has made her a business saleswoman of BF Suma products.  She says the revolving fund that your donations go towards has helped her open up more friendships and learn more business skills, thus saying that her “hope is back”.

Thank YOU for giving hope and opportunity to Provia and other grandmothers like her!

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Dec 29, 2016

Another Year at NVSS Complete, Thanks to You!

Packed up and headed home for the holiday break
Packed up and headed home for the holiday break

Wow, 2016 marks the 2nd academic year that NVSS has been in operation, thanks to your generous support.  Your students at NVSS were busy wrapping up another successful year!  They are officially packed up and back home, enjoying the holiday break with their families.  When the new school year begins in February 2017, there will be 57 new students entering their first year of Secondary School – 30 will be attending from Nyaka Primary School and 27 from Kutamba Primary School.  These new students will be joining the 104 current students at NVSS.

Before the school year ended, NVSS students visited the Desire Farm for some hands-on education.  They spent time learning practical knowledge about poultry, poultry handling, and poultry production.  The students also spent time harvesting fresh maize from the farm, which they indulged in afterwards.  However, they still have to eat their meals in a classroom or outside because the Multipurpose & Dining Hall hasn’t been built yet.

Thank YOU for providing your students at NVSS with a state of the art school to learn and study in!  Only the Physics & Chemistry Labs and the Multipurpose & Dining Hall are still needed before NVSS will be 100% complete.  You can make a donation today to finish NVSS.

FUN FACT:  Students at NVSS wear blue and black uniforms as their casual clothes when they aren’t in class.  During the school day is when they wear the brown and cream uniforms.

Thank you again for a great year!

Learning about poultry on Desire Farm
Learning about poultry on Desire Farm
Students eating the maize they harvested
Students eating the maize they harvested

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