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Nov 28, 2018

Your Kindness Prevents Assault Victims from Disease

You are empowering young girls to stand up to their attackers--even when they’re family.

 

After Anitah’s mother died, she lived with her aunt. Yet, at eleven, her father came into her life, demanding his daughter live with him and her brother, Hosea. Anitah’s aunt had never trusted the man. Despite trying to keep Anitah, her father had legal claim to his child. So, Anitah was taken from the safety of her Aunt’s home to live with this man, who was basically a stranger.  

 

The night Anitah moved in, Hosea woke up to Anitah’s screams. When he scrambled to help, Hosea found his father raping his little sister. Hosea tried to pull his father off of Anitah, but his father tried to stab him.

 

However, Hosea wouldn’t give up protecting his sister. He ran for help. The neighbors called the police, who arrested their father. Anitah was taken to the hospital. The violent attack had caused serious injuries. It was also discovered that her father was HIV positive, meaning Anitah could contract the disease.

 

Anitah desperately needed PEP, a medicine that can prevent HIV/AIDS when taken after exposure. But this pill is usually too expensive for families at $5.00 USD. Fortunately, Anitah was taken to Kambuga Hospital, which is home to the EDJA Rape Crisis Center. Because of you, Anitah got this life-saving drug. They continue to test her, but her results have shown so far that she didn’t contracted HIV/AIDS from the attack.

 

Today, you are helping Anitah work through this trauma through counseling and other vital supports. She is in school, free of HIV/AIDS, and in a safe place today because of you.

 

Thank you for supporting this important work. It isn’t possible without you.

Nov 28, 2018

You Empower aGrandmother's Financial Independence

Because of your kindness, Mukaka (Granny) Lols is able to send her five orphaned grandchildren to school! Nine years ago, Lols’ five grandchildren lost their parents to AIDS. They were left to fend for themselves. Lols was determined to make sure her grandchildren were cared for, even if that meant she’d now be a full-time caretaker in her 70’s. Though Lols loved her grandchildren, she struggled to provide food and school fees for the kids. Her grandchildren were physically chased away from school because they were too poor to pay. Lols had been able to make and sell crafts to make money in the past. Yet, recently, Lols’ eyesight was damaged, which prevented her from working. Lols was devastated that she couldn’t financially provide for her grandchildren. She felt like she had failed them. However, thanks to your support, everything changed for Lols’s family! Five years ago, Nyaka’s Grandmother Program started a Granny Group in Lols’ area. To ensure that the grandmothers can financially provide for their grandchildren, Nyaka encourages each group to have an income generating project. Lols’ group’s project was creating crafts. At first, Lols was devestastated. She thought she wouldn’t be able to contribute to the crafts, because of her poor eyesight. Your generosity changed her life. Because of you, Nyaka was able to buy Lols glasses! With the new glasses you provided Lols, she could now create enough crafts to send her children to school! With the tailoring classes and sewing machine she received through the Granny Group, Lols is now one of the top tailors in the region. Hospitals hire Lols to create their uniforms. She also sells her crafts at the largest markets in the region. Because of the economic opportunity you provide Lols, you have ensured a better future for her grandchildren! Thank you for empowering Lols! If you want to continue supporting her and other grandmothers, check out their crafts for sale at Nyaka’s Etsy shop!

Oct 24, 2018

YOU Didn't just build a school...you're building futures!

Pieces of a robotic arm
Pieces of a robotic arm

When you built Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, you created opportunity for future female engineers! 

Before joining Nyaka, Nayebare Primah had never stepped foot into a classroom. She watched other children in her village attend school, but her family couldn’t afford the school fees. Without school, Nayebare would’ve likely end up like the majority of uneducated girls in rural Uganda: destined to be a homemaker and young mother.  

However, Primah life changed when she had the opportunity to attend Nyaka’s Vocational Secondary School for FREE. You empower Primah to have confidence in her ideas. Primah took advantage of this chance to let her ideas flourish, as she joined the Robotics Club!

From the Robotics Club, Primah has gained skills in teamwork from working with other future engineers! She has also gained confidence from having to present her tech innovations in front of judges panels at robotics competitions. Last year, your support allowed her to compete with Nyaka’s Robotics Club in Kampala, where they came in FIRST!

Your support not only changed Primah. You are giving her a voice and a platform to transform how her community views girls. The inventions that the Nyaka Robotics Club creates target urgent needs in the community. To help prevent the spread of illness, Primah worked on a team that engineered an automatic sink tap so people can safely wash their hands!

Your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School is the place where Primah was able to explore STEM.  Your school is empowering Primah to be a leader in her community and an example to other girls yearning for an education in Southwest Uganda!

Your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School has just one building remaining to be constructed. It will house the physics and chemistry labs. With your support, we know Nyaka will continue to break new ground for STEM education in Uganda for girls and all students! Thank you! 

NVSS Students in Class
NVSS Students in Class

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