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.
Sep 30, 2016

Josephine's New Home

Joseline and grandchildren in their old home
Joseline and grandchildren in their old home

Joseline is 81 years old and one of the happiest grandmothers you’ve helped!  She is a widow from Kameme village, Kanungu district, her two grandchildren (Daniel 14 years and Kyomuhendo 8) became her responsibility five years ago when their father died and their mother moved to a different town to remarry.  Nyaka constructed a home for Joseline after discovering the tattered tent that her and her family were living in. 

Joseline worried everyday about her family’s safety.  They were living near Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is known for its wildlife.  Joseline was convinced that wild animals would soon come into her tent and kill her and her grandchildren. During rainy seasons, she would surround her grandchildren all night to provide warmth but could never provide enough protection if an animal decided to attack them.  She didn’t have money to provide a safer home and had completely lost hope for tomorrow. 

Joseline was rejoiced when the Nyaka Grandmother Program came to help.  She never imagined that anyone would ever build her a home.  Her new home gave her a new outlook on life.  Now she feels blessed to have a sturdy and safe place for her and her grandchildren.  Joseline said that she has nothing that she can give to repay her gratitude but she will always pray for the kind and loving people who helped her through this tough time.

YOU are the reason why Joseline can sleep at night, because your generous love and support built her a safe home for her and her family.  Thank you!

Joseline proudly standing in front of her new home
Joseline proudly standing in front of her new home

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Sep 30, 2016

Meet Nyaka's New Social Worker

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Nyaka's new Social Worker, John

Please meet John, Nyaka’s new Social Worker. John is working with students, grandmothers, and the community to increase awareness about sexual assault and make sure there will be justice if an assault occurs.  Here is an introduction from John himself:

I was born in Uganda and come from a humble family.  I was raised in a hardworking environment where I involved myself with educated people who contributed to who I am today.  In 2012 I received a Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling at Kyambogo University in Uganda.  In addition, I undertook a Diploma in the Virtual Leadership Development Program for family planning and reproductive health services.  I previously worked as an HIV/AIDS Counselor with Action Africa Help-International (Uganda Program)-UNHCR Implementing partner at Kyangwali Refugees Settlement, Volunteered at Reproductive Health Uganda-Head Office, and worked as a Peer Educator at Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa.

At Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, as a Social Worker, I have been offering guidance to students; providing psychosocial support to children, grandmothers and community members; following up on sexual assault cases at the Police, Court, Resident State Attorney’s Office, and Probation Office; and ensuring that victims are medically examined.  By working closely with others, I plan to engage the community structures to be part of the cause to end sexual abuse in the community.

I have community dialogues and discussions about sexual reproductive health issues and form community groups to disseminate information on sexual assault.  The problems I’m trying to address is the low response of some community members to report sexual assault cases to the Police and also delayed response by medical officers to examine victims.  I’m designing standard operating procedures to manage sexual abuse cases and creating more collaboration networks with other NGO’s and the law enforcing agencies.

I believe that each person has equal opportunities to succeed in life.

The process of changing attitudes and beliefs about sexual assault is slow and requires support from the community. John will ensure that students have someone safe to talk to and will teach all students age appropriate information about the best ways to stay safe and what to do if they are attacked.  He is a valuable team member and we welcome him to the Nyaka Family. 

Thank YOU for your love and support!

John with students at Kutamba Primary School
John with students at Kutamba Primary School
John presenting to community members
John presenting to community members

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Sep 30, 2016

Sanitary Napkins Help Girls Stay in School

Girls received their hygiene products
Girls received their hygiene products

Students are in their last term of the school year and are ready to end the year strong!  Thanks to you, the girls don’t have to miss any school days because of their periods, and will be able to keep up their grades just like the boys.  Sometimes it can be difficult for girls to keep up in school after they begin their menstruation cycle.  It’s common for girls to remain at home during their periods and can miss 3-6 days of school every month because they don’t have the proper sanitary napkins.  Missing that amount of school every month can negatively affect their grades, despite their best efforts to keep up.  If their grades suffer they might be forced to drop out so they can be home to help their family with the daily chores.

Every girl at Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is provided with sanitary napkins and are able to stay in school all month long!  The girls are also developing a firm confidence that they did not have before they were provided with sanitary napkins.  They no longer have to use unsanitary or uncomfortable methods for caring for their periods like leaves or old clothing.  They can stay in school, concentrate on their academics, and succeed. 

Thank YOU for giving YOUR GIRLS the proper feminine products they need to stay in school month after month!

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