High quality education for children in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda

After losing both parents, Rodger depended on his grandparents for everything. Being one of seven children, Rodger lost hope of ever attending school with his friends, because he feared his grandparents would not be able to pay for school fees, uniforms and other scholastics materials. Rodger’s grandfather learned about Nyaka schools from the local council chairman who told him that Kutamba Primary School was accepting new students and that neither students nor their guardians pay school fees. Rodger is now in the Primary three class and has gratefully benefited from his chance to receive an education: “... I am now able to read simple words on my own, write them and do some simple calculations. I am working hard to become a teacher when I grow up. I thank Kutamba for sponsoring me.”

 Students like Rodger are the reason why Nyaka exists and have done the work of creating programs to change lives. Rodger is a testament to the enormous impact our work has made on children over the past two decades.

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Students In Masks
Students In Masks

Like many countries in the world, Uganda experienced a very strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, which helped to reduce the spread of the pandemic (although at considerable social and economic cost, especially for those already living in poverty). 

On June 6th, 2021, following a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, the President announced a second lockdown. Restrictions were further tightened on June 19thfor a further 42 days. At present all Ugandan schools are closed, there is a strict curfew in place and only essential workers with permits are allowed to move. 

In these challenging conditions, Nyaka continues to work to support students, grandmothers and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors, whilst taking all possible precautions to protect our community and follow government directives. 

 We are:

  • Distributing soap and masks to grandmothers and Nyaka students 
  • Providing health care via our community clinics
  • Providing medical care and support to survivors of SGBV
  • Providing counselling to students and others in need of support
  • Providing sanitary towels for girls and young women
  • Providing access to educational materials and library books. 
  • Sharing health education messages about COVID-19 via radio programming and other platforms
  • Distributing emergency food supplies

From everyone at Nyaka in Uganda, we thank you for your continued support!

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Tailoring Exams
Tailoring Exams

During the first quarter, Nyaka students completed their national exams. These exams determine whether or not students pass to the next grade level or graduate. The exams students took include the Directorate of institution training (DIT), Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), and Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) exams. 

52 students from Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools took their PLE, 32 students took their UCE exams, 16 Vocational year 2 students sat for their DIT exams, and 23 Senior 6 students took their UACE exams. Due to COVID-19, all students are currently at home waiting for results to be released by the Ministry of Education and Sport (MoES).

Until all students return to school, the MoES has donated Home Study Learning text books for Nyaka Primary School students and we continue to create and distribute additional study materials. Teachers have continued distributing study materials for vocational students who have not yet reported to school by traveling to visit students or having students come to the Kutamba and Nyaka libraries to pick their materials.

Also, 51 Nyaka vocational students are benefiting from a Grad Prep Program. This program offers additional support to students so that they can compete in the job market after they complete their courses. To keep students safe, this program was virtual, with each student accessing a CD with the recorded preparation materials. Students actively learn about a range of topics, including: goal setting, social media, financial literacy, job applications, resumes (how to tailor them to job advertised), cover letters, hiring processes, how to network effectively and benefit from it, and how to network with new people.

Brick Laying Exams
Brick Laying Exams

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NVSS art students designing COVID-19 posters
NVSS art students designing COVID-19 posters

In Mid-October, schools reopened for the candidate classes of P7, S4, S6 (Grades 5, 10, and 12 equivalent) and finalists in tertiary colleges/universities.

Nyaka was thrilled to welcome students back to school after seven months of mandatory countrywide lockdown. Since their return, we have been following the Ugandan Ministry of Health's guidelines to keep students, staff, and the community safe. Soon after NVSS students returned, they began doing their part to help keep campus safe. The NVSS construction team built an in-ground system for the removal of wastewater from hand washing facilities and art students took part in designing and hanging up posters on COVID-19 control around the school.

We all remain hopeful that we will have all our students back in class soon. We are still awaiting guidance from the Ugandan government to let us know when non-candidate classes will be able to return to school.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this time.

Teachers meeting with returning students
Teachers meeting with returning students

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Primary Seven Student, Victor
Primary Seven Student, Victor

Recently Victor, a primary seven student, took a moment to write a reflection on his time at Nyaka. Victor expressed his gratitude for his opportunity to receive an education and for you, our Nyaka donors that help make his education possible. "I thank Nyaka for what it has done to me and my fellow orphans," expressed Victor.

Victor wrote about his dreams of continuing his education to become an engineer after graduating from Nyaka. A hope-filled Victor says, "Before Nyaka...I had no hopes of going to school." Your gifts aid us in providing Victor a life-changing education at no cost to him. Victor can just be a kid and focus on his studies instead of having to find ways to pay for his tuition, meals, uniforms, medicine, textbooks, or other scholastic materials. Victor is able to play the sports he loves including soccer and basketball in his free time, thanks to your continued support.

Victor ends his reflection by writing, "Long live donors and well wishes!"

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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East Lansing, MI United States
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