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
Kutamba Primary School students on DEAR Day
Kutamba Primary School students on DEAR Day

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!

Rabecca holding up the film poster she's in
Rabecca holding up the film poster she's in
Jackson Kaguri, CEO & Founder, teaching
Jackson Kaguri, CEO & Founder, teaching
Students watching Cornerstone the film
Students watching Cornerstone the film

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First day of school for Kutamba nursery students
First day of school for Kutamba nursery students

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!

NVSS students receiving their dorm supplies
NVSS students receiving their dorm supplies
First day of school for Nyaka nursery students
First day of school for Nyaka nursery students
Young men on their first day at NVSS
Young men on their first day at NVSS

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2017 Nursery Students
2017 Nursery Students

The 2017 school year is almost here! 

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.

Nyaka Classroom Library
Nyaka Classroom Library
Kutamba students with E-reader
Kutamba students with E-reader

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Kutamba Primary School P.7 graduates
Kutamba Primary School P.7 graduates

What a great year!

YOU have made it possible for another group of students to make it to graduation!  The love and generosity you give to these students provides them with their education, healthcare, nutritious meals, clean water, uniforms, shoes, and school supplies – everything they need to be happy and successful!  YOU also provide them with hope and inspiration!

This year alone:

  • YOU helped 57 P.7 students graduate – 30 from Nyaka Primary School and 27 from Kutamba Primary School.  They will all be starting their first year of secondary school at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) in February 2017. 
  • YOU made it possible for 39 students to graduate from grade S.4 in secondary school.  These students will make the decision on whether they wish to move on to High School or pursue training in a vocational skill.
  • YOU took 14 students all the way through their primary and secondary educations and are now proud High School graduates!  They will be applying to Universities in the fall of 2017, something that they only dreamt about before. 

Your donations show students that someone cares about them and believes that they are capable of anything, despite their circumstances.  YOU motivate them to think about what a bright future looks like, because it’s possible!  Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Nyaka Primary School P.7 graduating class
Nyaka Primary School P.7 graduating class
Students and teachers celebrating
Students and teachers celebrating
Students with their certificates of completion
Students with their certificates of completion

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Abia- former student and current nursery teacher
Abia- former student and current nursery teacher

Please meet Abia, whose story is a testament of what your love and compassion can do.  Read in her own words how her life was changed thanks to your generosity!

Happiness, Happiness, Happiness!

Once hopeless, but now overjoyed with pleasure and blessings.

I could never have dreamt of being who I am today because of the worries that had surrounded me and my younger siblings after the passing away of both our parents.

Daddy passed in 2002 and left the whole family on mum, who followed him only three months later.

Hell befell on me!  I had two younger siblings, Shirah and Isaac, who needed to be taken care of.  I was always worried about my brother Isaac. He was born with HIV, and we didn’t have money to get him the medicine he needed.  How was I supposed to shoulder every responsibility of both mum and dad at the age of 13?

I cried my eyes out every day and every night, but no relatives or friends of my parents could help me.  I was miserable and started cursing the day I was born. 

Oh alas! Thanks to Jackson Kaguri's dream of building a school for orphans, I was resurrected from the sorrows of pain.  The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project completely dried not only my tears but also the tears of my sister and brother. 

It was February 2003 when I joined Nyaka Primary School and got a breath of relief. 

Even though I was only a young girl in primary school, I was still head of the household.  I would run home from school to prepare a meal for my younger siblings, but we didn’t always have food and would sometimes sleep on empty stomachs. But then Nyaka Primary School began to have breakfast and lunch for us every day!  Me, Shirah, and Isaac would always be fed. Besides food, we also drank good water and had medicine when we were sick.  Nyaka even paid for Isaac’s HIV medicine and made sure that he would always have it.

Nyaka became our parents.  Their love and support were endless, and they treated us like their own children.  Life got better over the years, my siblings and I were healthy and in school.  I graduated from Secondary School in 2013 all because of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.  I then joined an institution to become a certified teacher.  I went from a nobody to a somebody, that is what I call from “grass to grace.”

Guess what!  Now I’m a teacher at Kutamba Primary School teaching the nursery class.  I started in the beginning of 2016, and I can’t believe it.  I sometimes pinch myself to wake up from sleep, but it is real and true.  I am not dreaming but teaching.  I have come full circle, teaching my fellow orphans whom I love so much.

I am very much honored to be among the lucky orphans who have been helped by the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and the people with big hearts who are my heroes.  I can’t express my full appreciation through this, but my heart tells it all.  Thank you for loving Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and supporting it for our children’s sake.

I remain yours faithfully,

Abia

Abia is living her dream every day, fulfilling opportunities that she never thought possible when she was a young girl. What a difference YOU have made for her!  Make a donation today to help other young orphaned children, like Abia, thrive into adulthood.

Thank YOU for making a difference!

Abia and her nursery class playing outside
Abia and her nursery class playing outside
Kutamba nursery class listening to teacher Abia
Kutamba nursery class listening to teacher Abia

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Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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