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 16, 2016

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault in Uganda

Nurse Hope provides her medical perspective
Nurse Hope provides her medical perspective

Nyaka and the community are standing up against sexual assault!  A core group of individuals completed a workshop that discussed legal issues regarding child sexual abuse.  The group consisted of 19 people who were selected for their interests in stopping sexual assaults, their ability to speak out about the topic and for their respected positions in the community.  They were Nyaka staff members, religious leaders, local politicians, prominent community members, police officers, and the Kanungu State Attorney.  This is the second training that this core group has completed.  We told you about the first training in August that was co-hosted by Nyaka and the EDJA Foundation.  That training had addressed sexual abuse and gender roles.

The purpose of this training was to equip the core group members with legal knowledge and skills regarding sexual abuse in Uganda.  The training was done by Katherine, a Nyaka Board member and retired lawyer.  First she discussed the history of human rights, emphasizing United Nations treaties and protocols like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  She then went over Uganda’s laws and regulations regarding child safety and sexual violence.  Police officers in the group were able to explain their roles and the proper police procedure for prosecuting alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse offenses.  The final activity of the training was to break the participants into three groups that covered:

1- The education/social work/community sector

2- The legal sector

3- The medical sector

Each group came up with what the ideal protocol would be for a guardian or grandmother to report a case of child abuse, and what their role would be in such a situation.  The groups will facilitate community meetings with Nyaka guardians, grandmothers, and others about the problems of child abuse and gender-based violence; will attend future trainings; spread information to the community; and guide the development of community-based solutions.  Members of the core group will be the ones that others turn to about sexual assault issues.

THANK YOU for fighting with us to stop sexual assault!

Katherine conducting the training session
Katherine conducting the training session
Jackson, Nyaka Founder & ED, leading a discussion
Jackson, Nyaka Founder & ED, leading a discussion

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Dec 16, 2016

Your 2016 Graduates!

Kutamba Primary School P.7 graduates
Kutamba Primary School P.7 graduates

What a great year!

YOU have made it possible for another group of students to make it to graduation!  The love and generosity you give to these students provides them with their education, healthcare, nutritious meals, clean water, uniforms, shoes, and school supplies – everything they need to be happy and successful!  YOU also provide them with hope and inspiration!

This year alone:

  • YOU helped 57 P.7 students graduate – 30 from Nyaka Primary School and 27 from Kutamba Primary School.  They will all be starting their first year of secondary school at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) in February 2017. 
  • YOU made it possible for 39 students to graduate from grade S.4 in secondary school.  These students will make the decision on whether they wish to move on to High School or pursue training in a vocational skill.
  • YOU took 14 students all the way through their primary and secondary educations and are now proud High School graduates!  They will be applying to Universities in the fall of 2017, something that they only dreamt about before. 

Your donations show students that someone cares about them and believes that they are capable of anything, despite their circumstances.  YOU motivate them to think about what a bright future looks like, because it’s possible!  Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Nyaka Primary School P.7 graduating class
Nyaka Primary School P.7 graduating class
Students and teachers celebrating
Students and teachers celebrating
Students with their certificates of completion
Students with their certificates of completion

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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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