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.
Dec 30, 2015

Meet Primah!

Primah in her Kutamba Primary School Uniform
Primah in her Kutamba Primary School Uniform

YOU are helping girls like Primah!

Primah is 12 years old and a primary seven student at Kutamba Primary School. She says her proudest achievement is being elected as Kutamba’s Head Girl last year. The position held a lot of responsibility, including organizing assemblies and acting as a spokesperson for the other pupils.

Primah’s biggest challenge has been frequent illness which has disrupted her studies, but she says that fortunately Kutamba’s school nurse, Arinda Hope, is always on hand when she doesn’t feel well. She is proud of her ability to persevere despite her challenges, and she went into her end-of-year exams feeling confident.

Primah’s father passed away when she was too young to remember. Without his help, the family struggled to put food on the table. Today, Primah spends much of her time helping her mother in the potato fields, and when there is paraffin for the lamp at home, she studies in the evenings.

Although her mother would prefer for Primah to stay at home and help her in the fields after she finishes primary seven this year, Primah wants to attend secondary school next year.

Generous people like YOU are helping Nyaka encourage families to think differently about education. Even though she knows education is a great opportunity, next year Primah's mother will have to tend her fields without the help of her children. Right now she won't be able to grow and sell as many potatoes but in the future her children will have higher incomes and will be better able to help her.

Thank YOU and Happy New Year!

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Dec 2, 2015

NVSS Finished It's First Year!

NVSS Students Hard At Work In The Classroom
NVSS Students Hard At Work In The Classroom

YOU are a champion for education!

The Nyaka Vocational Secondary School will be celebrating the end of its first school year this month! Thanks to YOUR support, 49 students will return to school next year. They will be joined by another class of 57 students from Nyaka's two primary schools.

YOU have truly made a difference in the lives of YOUR students. They will be better prepared for life and for continuing their education in high school and university thanks to the high quality education YOU have provided them this year.

Thanks to YOU, they are one step closer to their dreams! 

When we know the results of their final exams we will share them with you here. We know they will be successful because YOU have encouraged and supported them. Thank you!

We want to wish you a very happy holidays from all of YOUR students at NVSS and YOUR Nyaka Family!

Nyaka Vocational Secondary School
Nyaka Vocational Secondary School

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Dec 2, 2015

The Blessing that Melted Grace's Troubles Away

Grace
Grace

YOUR impact in the lives of YOUR grandmothers in Uganda is huge. Every month we tell you about another grandmother who YOU have helped escape poverty but please know that for every grandmother story we share, there are thousands more stories we could tell. 

This month we want to tell you about a grandmother named Grace.

Grace was mourning the loss of her daughter while raising her two orphaned grandchildren on a teacher's pension. The pension was small and often unreliable. Sometimes it came when it was supposed to and other times she had to wait several months before her money would come. 

Even though she struggled, her heart swelled when she heard about two children who had been abandoned at the local hospital. Grace couldn't turn her back on them. She volunteered to care for them too.

When Grace first learned about her local grandmother’s group, she was excited to meet women her age who faced the same issues she did. She was happy for the opportunity to share her experience as a teacher, advising other grandmothers how to deal with undisciplined children.

Grace says that her first loan from the group “was a blessing that melted so many troubles away.” She received 100,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $30 USD) to buy a pig. Later she received an additional, smaller loan to buy nutritious mash to feed it.

Grace thinks that the pig was the best investment she could have made. Soon, it gave birth to 9 piglets. She made enough money from selling the piglets that she was able to travel to attend the college graduation ceremony of one of the orphans she is raising. She easily paid back her loan. Grace plans to expand her pig project and will continue to sell piglets to help buy food and make repairs to her home.

Hardworking, compassionate grandmothers like Grace thrive when they are empowered by generous people like YOU. Thank you for investing in Grace and her grandchildren!

We want to wish you very happy holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!

Grace with her pigs
Grace with her pigs

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