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Oct 8, 2018

Rosette Found Help Thanks to You

Living as an orphan with mental illness in rural Uganda is a challenge in itself. Yet, at fourteen, Rosette was also sexually assaulted. 

Rosette’s mental illness had prevented her from attending school. Her grandmother provided her with constant care. Her grandmother usually kept Rosette close to home, but one night she let Rosette go fetch water with her older cousin, Moreen.

On their way, Moreen said she had to stop by the bar where she worked. Rosette trusted her cousin, so she followed. When they entered, Moreen pushed her into a room and locked the door. Rosette found herself trapped with a man she didn’t know. He grabbed her and raped her. Rosette didn’t understand what was happening. She was scared. She thought he was going to kill her. 

When he finished, Rosette escaped. She was still naked, clothes and torn underwear in hand. She ran home to tell her grandmother what happened. Her grandmother went to the police right away. The police would take Rosette to the hospital, but only if her grandmother could pay. Her grandmother could not afford treatment. Without hospitalization, there was a chance Rosette would contract HIV and other STI’s. 

However, because of your compassion, Rosette had hope. Fortunately, one officer knew of EDJA, so he contacted them for Rosette. Your impact allowed Rosette to get the medical attention she needed. Your support provided her with Plan B to prevent pregnancy and medicines like PEP, which prevents against  AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Without your support for Nyaka/EDJA, Rosette would not have been able to access medical treatment  and continued counseling after she was sexually assaulted. 

 

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Jul 26, 2018

You Opened Doors to Empower Your Girls

Miria, Rinah, and Nauma in Tailoring class
Miria, Rinah, and Nauma in Tailoring class

One of the biggest successes at Nyaka is the chance to defy gender stereotypes that can limit opportunities for your girls. You are teaching your students they can study whatever they want.

Your Girls are Tailoring Their Futures

You’re empowering Miria, Rinah, and Nauma to follow their passion to study tailoring. Even though it’s traditionally a male-dominated field, your girls had the confidence to go after what they wanted, because you remind them every day that they are valued and supported. Naume knows exactly what she wants to do with her degree. She wrote “in the future, I would like to became a business lady dealing in garments. So I will work hard so that I can pass with flying colors.”

Flavia the Engineer

Because of you, girls like Flavia are defying expectations and studying engineering. She says “I took up this course to become a great and trustworthy engineer in a field that is run by men. I see my dreams coming true in the near future.”

Maritina is Building STEAM

You are nurturing amazing potential in your girls in science. You sent your student, Maritina, to a STEAM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) for girls in Malawi. Afterwards, Maritina won a grant through the camp for her idea to create an intelligent automatic irrigation system. The system monitors the moisture content in soil and then triggers the irrigation water pumps to power on or off depending on the moisture levels. This saves precious water, which is important in a community that has suffered through years of drought. Her idea is already working at NVSS, showing the whole community what girls can do.

You are raising girls in Uganda who will be confident leaders and innovators. Someday, they will create the solutions that will change Uganda and the world.

Thank you for believing in your girls!

Flavia the Engineer
Flavia the Engineer
Maritina conducting an experiment
Maritina conducting an experiment

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Jul 26, 2018

You Opened Doors to Achievement

Administration and Classroom Building
Administration and Classroom Building

More than five years ago, we recognized that your students deserved a secondary and vocational school that would meet their specific needs as HIV/AIDS orphans. We saw many of your bright, young students go to boarding schools in the region with hopes of continuing their education only to face barriers that they weren’t prepared for. We realized that, in order to ensure your students could be successful, we had to extend the time we were able to educate and support them directly. Additionally, we realized that sponsoring students to attend other schools was less cost effective than educating them directly. Today, your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) is already working to achieve those goals.

Although construction is continuing, you are already educating and boarding students at NVSS. Since you broke ground on this ambitious project in 2013, you have completed nearly every building needed to make this big achievement for your students.

The final building that needs to be constructed will house the Physics and Chemistry Labs. With your support, we are confident that this final structure will be completed soon.

Your students will continue to excel because of you! Thank you for your continued support.

Biology Lab
Biology Lab
Tailoring class
Tailoring class
Construction Progress
Construction Progress

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