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 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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Oct 28, 2016

Healthcare and Food Helps Students Succeed!

Nyaka student during a malnutrition assessment
Nyaka student during a malnutrition assessment

The third and final school term of 2016 started on September 26th and students are working hard to finish the school year with high marks!  It’s a very busy time for teachers and students as they prepare for the end of year exams.  Thanks to your love and support, they are able to focus on their studies because they are healthy and strong.  The healthcare and food that you provide to them is vital to their success.

Most schools in Uganda have a lack of food or poor nutrition programs.  Hunger negatively affects performance.  Students cannot concentrate in class when they are hungry.  However, your students are given nutritious meals to keep them healthy and alert.  Some food is bought from farmers in the village and the rest is supplied by Desire Farm and prepared at the schools.  The secondary students at NVSS are even giving back by starting a garden at the school to grow maize.

The healthcare that students receive is also essential so that common illnesses don’t keep the children home sick.  They can be seen at the school clinic when they feel ill and be treated right away.  Health education is also provided at the schools to teach the importance of personal hygiene, sanitation and abstinence.  Every term, students are dewormed and assessed for malnutrition.  The girls in secondary school are also screened for pregnancies, which were all negative at the beginning of this term!

In addition to healthcare and nutrition, you provide your students with uniforms, shoes, textbooks, notebooks, clean water-- everything they need to be successful!  These children have felt great loss and sorrow in their lives, but your support allows them to have the opportunity to go to school and focus on their studies in order to have a bright future.  Thank you very much!

Please continue to support your students by making a donation today!

Nyaka students enjoying lunch
Nyaka students enjoying lunch

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