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Nov 28, 2018

From Poverty to Health Care Worker!

Thanks to your support, Susan can transcend her life of rural poverty by working towards a career in health care! By the time Nakunda Susan was five, she had lost her father. Her mother was left to take care of Susan and her five older siblings. Her mother could barely afford to fix their broken down house, let alone pay for Susan's school fees. Susan's education was a low priority. It's uncommon for impoverished girls in rural Uganda to attend school. They're often pushed to get married as soon as they can. However, because of your compassion, everything changed for Susan and her family! A neighbor, who was a teacher, came to Susan's home to share that orphans could attend school for free at Nyaka. Susan was soon enrolled in nursery class at Nyaka Primary School. While at Nyaka Primary School, you provided Susan with and education, as well as necessities like clothes, books, and breakfast/lunch. You also impacted the lives of Susan's family when you repaired her crumbling home. You gave Susan a safe place to study so she could succeed. Academic success is crucial for Susan, because she dreams of being a nurse. One day, when she was too ill to attend class, she visited Nyaka's Mummy Drayton Clinic. Because you make it possible for students to access Free health care, Susan was immediately treated and returned back to school. She was amazed to learn that the nurse who helped her had once been just like her! Nurse Ruth had been one of Nyaka's first students. Now she was a bright, successful young woman. (you can read Ruth's story here)! Because you empowered Ruth 17 years ago, Susan was inspired. She decided then that she would work hard to become a Nyaka nurse too like her hero, Ruth. Your compassion is creating a wave of change in Uganda! Because of the opportunities you provide for Nyaka students, Susan has the tools she needs to achieve her dreams AND impact generations of orphaned students to come. Thank you!

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!

 
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