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Apr 17, 2019

Empowering Self-Sufficient Stars!

Meet Shillah, the girl who's life you help change!
Meet Shillah, the girl who's life you help change!

You created a space at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School Shillah to transform her musical passions into a career!

 

By the time Shillah was three, she had lost both of her parents. Her grandmother welcomed Shillah and her seven older siblings into their home, but she couldn’t afford school fees. Without a formal education, Shillah was destined to be like many uneducated girls in her village: an early bride and a young mother.

 

However, thanks to your kindness, by the time she was school-aged, Shillah’s life changed! Her uncle had heard of how the nearby Nyaka Primary School offers a free education to orphans. Shillah’s family enrolled her immediately.

 

At Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, you gave Shillah another chance to use her love of music. She joined the drama club.

Your support offered Shillah the tools she needed to learn how to read and write. Before attending Nyaka, Shillah didn’t have books or pencils, but as a primary student, she could write her own stories and poetry. Shillah also loved to sing and dance. Your commitment to Nyaka allowed her to further her artistic interests through the school’s Anti-AIDS Club. The club uses song/dance to educate the community and other schools about AIDS. You have provided Shillah the platform to use her musical gifts to help others.

 

At Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, you presented Shillah another chance to foster her love of music. She joined the drama club. In the club, she worked every weekend with a teacher to write her own songs. Through the club, Shillah went from being a girl who liked to sing in a group, to a performer who performs solos of her own work. Thanks to your investment, Shillah was also able to compete in a national vocal competition, which she won!

 

Shillah graduates this December. Because you empowered her, she plans to record her own music. Since she studied tailoring, Shillah intends to make all of her performance outfits so they will be as unique and beautiful as she is.

 

You have helped Shillah become the strong, self-sufficient woman she was always meant to be! Thank you!

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Mar 1, 2019

Ruth is Bettering Nyaka Because of YOU

Meet Ruth, who now keeps Nyaka students healthy!
Meet Ruth, who now keeps Nyaka students healthy!

Girls in Rural Uganda are often told to quit school so they can start a family. Without your support, Ruth believes that at 22, she would “be a mom to many children; rather than one of Nyaka’s amazing nurses. Ruth lost her father at a very young age. She and her five younger siblings were sent to live with their grandmother. While attending Primary One, her grandmother couldn't purchase her books or pay school fees. Her education was going to end before her eighth birthday. Ruth accepted that she would be a housemaid, rather than achieve her dream of being a nurse. However, thanks to your support, everything changed for Ruth when her grandmother discovered a FREE school for orphaned children--your Nyaka Primary School. Ruth was a Pioneer Student, part of Nyaka's first class of students. As a student, Ruth watched nurses care for her ill grandmother. She knew she wanted to become a nurse to serve her community, particularly for sick children. Thanks to the strong education foundation you provided Ruth, she made her dreams a reality. Ruth graduated nursing school! Your compassion not only benefited Ruth, but also allowed her to impact the Nyaka community. Today, Ruth is the nurse at your Nyaka;s Vocational Secondary School. Ruth treats sick students so they can stay in school. She also counsels and provides emotional support for students. This is Ruth's dream job because she can inspire students everyday. Young students gain confidence by seeing how Ruth was a Nyaka student who became a medical professional. Because compassionate people like you invested in Ruth over 10 years ago, she is able to continue to inspire Nyaka's female students every day. Can you imagine what the children you are investing in today will do when they grow up?

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Feb 28, 2019

You empower future engineers!

Meet Anthony-you let him to accomplish his dreams!
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!

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