Meet Anthony-you let him to accomplish his dreams!
When Anthony was a child, his father fell ill. With three younger siblings to care for, Anthony had to grow up quickly. When his father couldn’t work, Anthony would miss school because he couldn’t afford fees and had to help with chores. At age 9, Anthony’s father died, killing his dream of going to school. To feed his siblings, Anthony needed to work for a farmer, tending to pigs and goats. Anthony prayed every night, hoping for an opportunity to attend school. Thanks to your kindness, his prayers were answered! At age 10, a former teacher told Anthony about how Nyaka offered free education to orphaned children. Anthony enrolled right away. Yet, things weren’t easy. Anthony struggled because he hadn’t been in school for a long time and his old school hadn’t been t as rigorous as Nyaka. He dreaded math and science class. However, you hire some of the highest quality of teachers in Uganda for your schools. Since the science teacher was also from Anthony’s village, he understood his student’s obstacles, like having to care for his siblings at home instead of doing hours of homework. He helped Anthony develop tactics so he could make the most of his time at school and reach his academic potential. It wasn’t long before Anthony loved school! You gave Anthony the tools and support he needed to change his life! He was so inspired by his teacher that math and science are now his favorite subjects. The mentorship paid off! Anthony graduated from primary school and is now a student at your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School. At secondary school, he was encouraged in his physics classes and the Robotics Club to become “an innovator.” Every time he saw a car, he would wonder how it was put together, which has lead him to aspire to be an engineer! Now that he has graduated Nyaka Secondary, he plans on studying engineering and coming back to the village to implement technological innovations that will benefit his home community! Thanks to your compassion and support, Anthony is on the road to success. Thank you!
These are just some of the professions that girls in rural Southwest Uganda dream of becoming. However, in this region, it is common for poor uneducated women to begin families while in their teens, trapping them (and often their children) in poverty.
Because of your support, Nyaka’s female students are able to access the education needed to achieve their dream STEM* careers. Through Nyaka’s Robotics Club, students are able to learn hands-on technological skills that are applicable to the professional world. The club emphasizes students creating electronic devices that benefit their communities.
Through the club, a team of female students have created a phone app that helps nurses tend to patients in the overcrowded local hospitals. Follow the link to watch our video, and you will meet three female secondary students who you have empowered through technology! The girls talk about how the club not only prepares them for the workforce with applicable skills, but has also improved their confidence and their ability to work as a team.
Because of your support, Nyaka’s women are able to become the technological leaders of tomorrow!
By Colleen Kelley - Princeton in Africa Communications Fellow
Nyaka grandmothers give everything they have so their grandchildren can have a better life. Grandmothers like Alice work hard in the fields under the hot sun through the pain of arthritis and old age to make sure their grandchildren have enough to eat. Even though she worked hard, Alice couldn't grow enough crops to support all her 10 grandchildren.
When Alice and other like grandmothers came together in their Nyaka Granny Group, your support helped her dramatically change her family’s life. Through your peer learning model, Alice learned new farming techniques and shared skills she had with the other grandmothers in her group.
Because you empowered Alice, she now sells enough crops to afford school fees for all10 grandchildren. Click the link to watch a video about Grandmother Alice. As you watch her story, know that this is one of the 10,000 happy endings you have helped write.
Thank you for empowering women like Alice to pull their families out of poverty.