Peter is a 12-years-old Primary five student at Nyaka Primary School who lives with his widowed mother and siblings. When his father died, Peter’s family was left with financial struggles. Once Peter’s father passed, the landlord of the home they were renting, chased them away, so they returned to his mother’s birthplace to stay with relatives. Peter’s mother could not afford to send him or his siblings to school, but his mother learned about Nyaka through a family friend.
Peter is grateful to have been accepted into Nyaka Primary School. His favorite subject is science and plans to become a doctor.
Thank you for supporting our students' futures. Student's lives like Peter's are positively altered because of your support.
“I would like to thank the Nyaka Library for the opportunity it gave me to use its books and space for free. As a student, I cannot afford to pay for the services I use at the library. Many days during lockdown, due to COVID-19, I could not physically attend class, but that did not mean my education had come to an end. Instead, learning at the library gave me more time for personal studies to research through community discussions. Whenever I didn’t understand something or couldn’t find information, the librarian was always there as a resource.
During our individual studies, students from Kambuga Sub County are very privileged to have a well stocked library. As a student taking science subjects, I was able to find relevant books which were not even at my school’s library. Through reading accessible books, I was confident that I would pass my examinations despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through coming to the library, I have been able to learn more new things and meet new friends through discussion groups. These friends were helpful because they could learn from me as I was also learning from them.
The Nyaka library is such a large part of my success as a student.”
18-year-old senior six student enrolled at Kinkiizi High school and is a resident of the Kanungu District.
Rabecca is a 17-year-old senior three student at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS). After graduating, Rabecca wants to be a cardiologist. She loves science and is involved in the Nyaka Robotics Club. While participating in the robotics club, Rabecca has attempted to make an automatic fan from scratch and has even had hands-on experience using a 3-D printer! These experiences have propelled Rabecca further into wanting to learn more about biology, chemistry and physics.
Rabecca says, “I am very assured and confident enough that Nyaka will help me get my dream job since it has always been there for me since I started schooling with all necessities being given to me and paying my school fees.”
On Monday, January 10th, 2022 Nyaka welcomed children back to school! In order to keep our community safe, teachers and support staff have been vaccinated. Daily, staff members are doing all they can to follow the strict Ugandan Ministry of Health’s (MoH) operating guidelines including cleaning, maintenance, the provision of hand washing stations, masks for all students, plans for COVID-19 safe classrooms, etc. Medical personnel from the local Kambuga hospital, have visited Nyaka to address staff and students at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) to provide additional guidance on how to stay safe.
Students are being tested regularly. Any student who tests positive is treated and quarantined to protect themselves and the rest of the community. We are grateful that at this time all infected students are recovering quickly. Students who are of age are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
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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.
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.
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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