You are opening doors for children like Judith!
Judith is a 13-year-old primary 7 student at Nyaka Primary School. One of three children, she lives with her mother and younger sister in a four-room house with mud walls four kilometers away from school. Her mother works hard to support her two daughters, selling some of the meager crops she grows and working as a short-term laborer for other people in the community. All of her hard work earns enough money to buy some matooke or posho for supper. Judith helps out as best she can. She fetches water and firewood, and she looks after her younger sister. But because she lives far from school, she often leaves home very early in the morning and does not return until suppertime.
Even though she is not always home to help her mother, Judith’s family has been supportive of her education. When Judith was still a baby, her father passed away from an unknown illness. An elderly lady from the neighborhood, whom Judith called “Grandmother”, moved in with the family to help Judith’s mother care for Judith and her siblings. It is thanks to her grandmother that Judith became a Nyaka student. The grandmother saw how young Judith was struggling at home but knew that the family could never afford school fees for a decent school. So, she approached Nyaka, because she had heard that Nyaka students attend school for free. She petitioned for Judith to be admitted, and her petition was granted!
When Judith turned six, she started school at Nyaka and has never looked back. She says she is proud to go to a school with such a good reputation and loves that she can rely on her school for support. She gets both breakfast and lunch each day as well as school supplies. Her favorite subjects are English and science, and someday she hopes to be a doctor in Canada or the United States, “because there, I will be able to make a lot of money which I can use to help other children get the kind of education I am getting.”
With your help, Judith will be able to achieve her dream and give back to her community.
Next year, Judith will go to Nyaka Vocational and Secondary School to begin her secondary education. She is excited for this new chapter in her life and plans to study hard this year to make sure she passes her exams!
We know Judith and her classmates will do great things because you have empowered them to succeed!
You have made a huge impact for students like Steven!
You sent him to school. You put a pencil in his hand. And you gave him the opportunity to discover what he wanted to be.
This month Steven graduated from his vocational program in construction!
It is so fitting that he will be a builder because, thanks to you, he is part of the generation of youth who will build up their community.
It was amazing builders like Steven who made your biology and computer labs at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School a reality. Now your students who want to pursue science, engineering, technology, and math have the tools they need to succeed! Your biology lab is like no other lab in the entire region. Your computer lab will give your students access to the world!
Building up a community starts will building up its youth. Your students have big challenges to face as they work to change their community. They have to overcome poverty, lack of resources, and corruption. Gratefully, you are preparing them to overcome these obstacles. You are shaping and empowering them to be the leaders who will come up with creative solutions. It will not be an easy road towards change but your students are ready to do it.
Because of you, Steven and all of your students will be builders.
Do you remember when you first started school? Did you have butterflies in your tummy? Were you nervous to meet your teacher for the first time? Were you excited to meet new friends?
You probably thought about all of those things. But in all of your excitement, I'll bet you weren't excited about school because you knew you would get your very first pair of shoes. And I bet you didn't giggle with delight because your school uniform was the best outfit you'd ever put on. And you probably didn't want to cry from happiness because you know you won't be hungry today.
For your students, starting school is about so much more than school. It means having life-saving medical care and vaccines. It means eating two hot meals every school day. It means feeling pride for the first time in a brand new school uniform and shoes. For your students this gift you have given them tells them that they are valued. You are reminding them that someone believes they can do whatever it is they set their hearts out to do.
This year 724 students are in school because of you!
Because of your love, your students will do amazing things. They might cure cancer or end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some may go on to be writers or artists. Others might give their lives to help other orphans like them. Whatever they decide to do, it will be because you have shown them they are valuable and worthy of a good life.
Thank you for your compassion and love!
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YOUR Primary 7 students have done it again, thanks to YOU!
Every December Primary 7 students in Uganda take the PLE (Primary Leaving Examination). This national exam determines where students will go after Primary School. YOUR students completed the exam and are getting ready to begin a new chapter of their lives in February! Some students will continue onto Secondary School and some students will learn a skilled trade while attending a Vocational School.
In fact, 82% of YOUR Nyaka and Kutamba Primary School students scored a B or higher! Congratulations!
YOUR love and generosity made it possible for these students to be in school and they now have a future beyond Primary School! YOU have given them everything they need to be successful: a safe and welcoming environment to learn and study, school supplies, uniforms, healthy meals, books, access to medicine, and clean water.
Thank you for YOUR support and generosity! YOU are changing the future for these children!
YOU are a champion for education!
YOU have helped YOUR students reach another milestone! This year, 56 Nyaka and Kutamba Primary School students celebrated their graduation from primary school! They will be joining YOUR students at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School when school begins again in February 2016 as the second class of senior one students to ever attend your latest school! We are also happy to report that 11 of YOUR students have graduated from secondary school and will now be entering their first year of high school and 12 of YOUR students graduated from high school. They will be applying to universities to attend this fall!
YOUR love and support continues to keep YOUR students in school and motivated to reach their dreams! Without YOU, they wouldn't have the healthcare, nutritious food, school supplies, clean water, or free education they need.
YOUR impact will be felt by these students for the rest of their lives. For every grade YOUR students achieve, they can expect to earn 10% more in their lifetime. Girls who complete primary school are more likely to send their children to school. They know the value of the gift YOU have given them and they are going to pass that gift on to their children.
Thank YOU and Happy New Year!
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