The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.
Feb 8, 2016

Since She Was Four Years Old

Nyaka Primary School Student
Nyaka Primary School Student

He'd started when she was four years old. In the tiny house with the walls that didn't quite reach the roof, she'd learned that screaming wouldn't help. Her mother, her brothers and sisters, even the neighbors wouldn't come for her. With a knife held to her throat she'd had to lie down and pretend to be anywhere else. 

Everyone the little girl told wouldn't believe her. A father is a protector. He wouldn't hurt his child. She suffered through years of being ignored. As soon as she could find the courage, she ran. Eventually she found her aunt and she lived in safety, miles from her home. Her father didn't know where she was. She pushed the past behind her and focused on her studies. She became a great student. But as she got older, her school fees grew with her. Her aunt couldn't afford to pay anymore and reached out to the young woman's family. As soon as her father knew where she was, he demanded that she be returned. And so she was.

Years after the abuse had started, she was back in her childhood home. The first night, her worst fears were confirmed. The young woman's father came into her room again. But this time her voice was stronger. It carried all the way to a neighbor's house. The neighbor brought the police and her father was finally arrested. 

That should have been the beginning of a new hope for the young woman but it only brought more troubles. Some men who heard about the abuse teased her and asked why she wouldn't sleep with them as well since she slept with her father. Her father's relatives threatened to burn her alive if he died in jail. Her mother begged the police to release her father because he was the only one who could provide for the family. 

With no child protective services, no police protection, and no shelter, abused children like this young woman have had no hope.

Thanks to you, we are developing programs to help children like this young woman. Children under threat need a place to go to be safe from further assault or repercussions of reporting to the police. So we have developed Kwerinda House. Kwerinda means "safety" in the local language. The house will be equipped to provide shelter to survivors and their families while they work with a case worker. It will provide tools for economic independence like micro-finance loans so families don't have to rely on an abuser for economic security. It will be a place of healing for children who have survived what no one should.

There is so much more work to be done. But, because of you, Kwerinda House will be a reality for children in one of the most remote areas of the world.

Thank you for being a hero!

Nyaka Primary School Student
Nyaka Primary School Student

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Feb 5, 2016

Turn On The Tap!

Grandmother holding a water harvesting tank
Grandmother holding a water harvesting tank

This morning you probably turned on a tap to get your water. You made your coffee, brushed your teeth, and took a shower. It probably felt like a fairly mundane morning. But to your grandmothers in Uganda, your everyday is a dream.

Even with the success of your two gravity fed water systems that bring clean water sources much closer to your grandmothers, they must often walk miles to get clean water. Your grandmothers often have to carry heavy jerry cans of water home. If they cannot fetch it, they often have to send their grandchildren. This can take hours that could be used for studying and makes children--especially girls--vulnerable to sexual assault as they walk along the road. Even if your grandmothers can collect enough water to store, they need a safe place to keep it where it will not be contaminated.

Thankfully, the water harvesting tanks you provide help your grandmothers collect and store water safely at home. The large black tanks are designed to safely collect rain water, which is especially helpful during the rainy season. And it allows your grandmothers to store water that they collect from safe water sources.

The clean water you are providing them is helping them keep their families hydrated, healthy, and clean. Thank you!

Two grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Two grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Grandmothers with water harvesting tanks

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Feb 3, 2016

Your Students Are Brilliant!

NVSS students in class
NVSS students in class

In less than a month, your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School will be opening its doors to its second class of students.

Your students are so excited!

Your incoming class is excited to start the new year and, judging by their excellent PLE scores, we know they are ready!

The PLE, or Primary Leaving Examination, is the test used across Uganda to determine how ready primary students are to go on to secondary or vocational school. There is a lot of pressure to do well on this test because it is one of the few things that can change the course of a student's life. If a student does well on the exam, they are admitted into the best secondary or vocational schools in Uganda. If they do poorly, they might not be able to continue school at all. 

We are happy to tell you that 82% of your students earned a B or higher on their exam!  

They will be entering our Nyaka Vocational Secondary School with confidence this month. These students will have a dormitory, classrooms, and everything else they need to excel thanks to you!

Our goal is to complete construction this year so even more students can learn and grow at your school. We think we can succeed with your generosity! 

We'll be keeping you updated as more construction is completed and your students continue to achieve.

Thank you for all that you do! You are a hero! 

Nyaka Primary 7 Graduates
Nyaka Primary 7 Graduates
Kutamba Primary 7 Graduates
Kutamba Primary 7 Graduates

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