YOUR impact in the lives of YOUR grandmothers in Uganda is huge. Every month we tell you about another grandmother who YOU have helped escape poverty but please know that for every grandmother story we share, there are thousands more stories we could tell.
This month we want to tell you about a grandmother named Grace.
Grace was mourning the loss of her daughter while raising her two orphaned grandchildren on a teacher's pension. The pension was small and often unreliable. Sometimes it came when it was supposed to and other times she had to wait several months before her money would come.
Even though she struggled, her heart swelled when she heard about two children who had been abandoned at the local hospital. Grace couldn't turn her back on them. She volunteered to care for them too.
When Grace first learned about her local grandmother’s group, she was excited to meet women her age who faced the same issues she did. She was happy for the opportunity to share her experience as a teacher, advising other grandmothers how to deal with undisciplined children.
Grace says that her first loan from the group “was a blessing that melted so many troubles away.” She received 100,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $30 USD) to buy a pig. Later she received an additional, smaller loan to buy nutritious mash to feed it.
Grace thinks that the pig was the best investment she could have made. Soon, it gave birth to 9 piglets. She made enough money from selling the piglets that she was able to travel to attend the college graduation ceremony of one of the orphans she is raising. She easily paid back her loan. Grace plans to expand her pig project and will continue to sell piglets to help buy food and make repairs to her home.
Hardworking, compassionate grandmothers like Grace thrive when they are empowered by generous people like YOU. Thank you for investing in Grace and her grandchildren!
We want to wish you very happy holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!
YOU are changing the lives of amazing children like Anthony!
Anthony's a 9-year-old primary four student at Nyaka Primary School. Each morning he and his sisters walk for an hour to get to school. His teachers are so proud of how hard he works in school and how much he is excelling! He has so much confidence and hope for his future that he dreams of being the President of Uganda someday!
As one of ten children, Anthony works as hard at home as he does at school to help out his single mother. Anthony’s father passed away when Anthony was very young, and he has stepped up to take over many household responsibilities. Right now he spends his free time weeding the family fields.
Life for this amazing little boy could have been very different after the death of his father. Without help, Anthony's mother wouldn't be able to send even one of her children to school. All ten children would be trapped in poverty.
Because of YOU, Anthony gets to go to school, eats two hot meals every day, goes to the clinic when he's sick, reads as many books as he wants, and plays with his friends every school day.
Want to help more children like Anthony?
This month only, Global Giving is offering cash prizes up to $3,000!
To help YOUR students, you just need to start a monthly gift before the end of December for this project. Your first gift will be matched 100% up to $200 if you keep your monthly gift for at least 3 months.
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Happy Holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family
YOU are educating the communities in southwest Uganda about sexual assault!
In November Nyaka partnered with Global Health Corps to host a Healthy Happy Hearts Community Fun Day at the Nyaka Blue Lupin Community Library. The goal of the event was to address sexual assault and teen pregnancy by addressing these issues in a holistic way. “Youth reproductive health”, the broad theme of the event, was redefined to include emotional, social, psychological, and physical health.
We had 205 students, grandmothers, and community members in attendance!
In the morning, Nyaka's Global Health Corps Fellows facilitated a series of learning sessions. This was followed by an assembly with brief presentations and speeches, lunch, and a fun afternoon with music and a volleyball tournament. Three facilitators from Kambuga Hospital offered free HIV testing and counselling for the event. They tested 81 attendees. They all tested negative!
This event was only possible because of YOUR support. Thank YOU for spreading good information throughout southwest Uganda!