Hunger is a global issue. According to the United Nations, 1 in every 9 people go to bed hungry. Your support for Nyaka ensures that the children who attend Nyaka schools are do not fall into this statistic. In 2006, Nyaka began a Nutrition Program to provide meals to keep students healthy and alert. Teachers had noticed that students were falling asleep in class and performing poorly. This was due from being sent to school on an empty stomach. Most of the children left their homes early in the morning without breakfast and in most cases did not get anything to eat when they got back home in the evening.
Now, Nyaka students are provided with nutritious meals. Proper nutrition is essential in order to concentrate and learn. Breakfast consists of porridge and a snack, and lunch can include beans, peas, groundnuts, meat, posho, vegetables, rice, matooke (green bananas), sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, fresh milk, and eggs. Since the program began, the health of the children has improved. Malnutrition and stunting, which are common problems in the community (and Uganda in general), have been decreasing.
World Food Day is October 16th. It’s a day to promote awareness for those people who are suffering from hunger around the world. YOUR support has helped hundreds of children in Uganda fight hunger, thank you!
Please meet Winter who is an amazing young lady in her first year of college. She is studying Civil Engineering at Uganda Technical College. Winter is enjoying her classes and especially likes the practical site work she gets to participate in such as laying form work, beam filling, and erecting scaffolds to construct eave walls. Last semester she excelled in her courses and earned a grade point average of 3.89. She says, “I take this opportunity to thank my sponsors for this great pleasure and support to me. May God bless you. Oh, what a wonderful semester it was!” This semester should be even more exciting for Winter because she has begun training at JOAP Construction Limited in Mbarara Municipality for twelve weeks.
Between semester breaks, Winter and other students took part in the Girl Child Education Celebration Ceremonies where they encouraged parents, with girls, to take their children for engineering courses. Typically, parents have always discouraged girls to study engineering because it’s a male dominated field. They better watch out for Winter because she is paving the way for female civil engineers in Uganda!
Winter will be an amazing engineer when she graduates. Thanks to YOUR support, she was able get an education that made it possible for her to attend college. She has already stepped into the role of being an inspiration for other young girls who are also interested in careers that aren’t usually pursued by women. Thank you for supporting the children at Nyaka and giving girls like Winter a chance to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.
Your students have settled in nicely at school and are excited to be learning! They have been studying hard this first term so they can start the year strong with good grades. They have also been busy outside of the classroom as well. On March 15th all 765 students participated in DEAR Day (Drop Everything and Read). This is a national holiday in Uganda to encourage people in schools, organizations, and in the community to put down what they’re doing and read. Thanks to your support, there were enough books for all of your students to participate in DEAR Day!
The students recently got to enjoy a film as well. They watched Cornerstone for their first time. Cornerstone is a documentary about Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and how it was inspired and created. It was shown at all three schools and students loved it! They were excited to see a film about them, their schools, and their grandmothers. It was unlike anything they had ever seen. Another special treat that the students recently had was a visit from the CEO and Founder of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Jackson Kaguri. He spent the day visiting the children and even taught in the nursery class at Nyaka Primary School about the various species of leaves and other local plants.
Your students are grateful for the opportunity you have given them to go to school. Thank you for all of your love and support!
The 2017 school year is underway in Uganda and your students have settled in nicely. The first day of school officially kicked off on February 6th. This year, 768 students from nursery school through university are enrolled, thanks to your support.
234 students are attending Nyaka Primary School
229 students are attending Kutamba Primary School
160 students are attending Nyaka Vocational Secondary School
145 students are on scholarships attending different secondary schools, vocational schools, or universities
The nursery students were really excited to receive their brand new school uniforms and shoes. This was a special day for them because it marked the beginning of their academic journey. It was also a big day for students starting their first year of secondary school. They received supplies for their dormitories which included items like toiletries, jerry cans, sheets, pillows and mattresses. These supplies seem like everyday necessities, but for many of the students the night of February 6th was the first time they ever slept on a mattress.
Your students are looking forward to a great year. Thank you for making it possible for them!
Your children will be back in school on February 6th, and there are 60 very excited nursery students who can’t wait to begin their educational journey. The nursery rosters were finalized just two weeks ago by the Enrollment Committee which consists of local village council leaders, religious leaders, Nyaka and Kutamba Head Teachers, teacher representatives from each school, chairperson for school management committee from each of the two schools and the education coordinator. Guardians complete an application form for their child and the committee conducts home visits for verification and to complete interviews with the children and their guardians. The 2017 nursery classes will have 30 new students at Nyaka Primary School and 30 new students at Kutamba Primary School.
The nursery students aren’t the only one’s looking forward to the New Year. In 2016, the children’s eagerness and interest in learning increased due to the creation of classroom libraries and the introduction of new technology, especially to the lower Primary classes. An assortment of story books and games were provided for Nursery – Primary 4 classrooms in both Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools so that they could have their own small libraries. This has enabled the children to improve their comprehension of the English Language and general learning, while at the same time having fun! The story books, of both local and international authors, were selected based on the level of ease at which the children were able to read.
These small classroom libraries are also stocked with E-readers and Edutabs. A total of 100 E-readers with 5,000 E-books were purchased from Worldreader. Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools each received 50 of them in 2016 and these were placed in the Primary 1 – Primary 4 classes as part of their small classroom libraries. The nursery classrooms at each school also received 15 Edutabs. This brings the total number of E-readers to 150 (with 75 at each Primary School) and a total of 30 Edutabs (15 at each school).
Thank you for making 2016 an amazing year! We can’t wait to see what you make possible this year.
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