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Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda
Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

Thanks to your support, Susan can transcend her life of rural poverty by working towards a career in health care! By the time Nakunda Susan was five, she had lost her father. Her mother was left to take care of Susan and her five older siblings. Her mother could barely afford to fix their broken down house, let alone pay for Susan's school fees. Susan's education was a low priority. It's uncommon for impoverished girls in rural Uganda to attend school. They're often pushed to get married as soon as they can. However, because of your compassion, everything changed for Susan and her family! A neighbor, who was a teacher, came to Susan's home to share that orphans could attend school for free at Nyaka. Susan was soon enrolled in nursery class at Nyaka Primary School. While at Nyaka Primary School, you provided Susan with and education, as well as necessities like clothes, books, and breakfast/lunch. You also impacted the lives of Susan's family when you repaired her crumbling home. You gave Susan a safe place to study so she could succeed. Academic success is crucial for Susan, because she dreams of being a nurse. One day, when she was too ill to attend class, she visited Nyaka's Mummy Drayton Clinic. Because you make it possible for students to access Free health care, Susan was immediately treated and returned back to school. She was amazed to learn that the nurse who helped her had once been just like her! Nurse Ruth had been one of Nyaka's first students. Now she was a bright, successful young woman. (you can read Ruth's story here)! Because you empowered Ruth 17 years ago, Susan was inspired. She decided then that she would work hard to become a Nyaka nurse too like her hero, Ruth. Your compassion is creating a wave of change in Uganda! Because of the opportunities you provide for Nyaka students, Susan has the tools she needs to achieve her dreams AND impact generations of orphaned students to come. Thank you!

Robotic arm pieces ready to be assembled
Robotic arm pieces ready to be assembled

YOU are making sure girls like Kashemire are ready to take their place as leaders among their generation.

Did you know 95% of jobs by 2020 will require a formal STEAM* education? (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)

Kashemire, a third year Vocational student, always loved science. Yet, until she discovered Nyaka’s Robotics Club, she wasn’t able to apply her scientific knowledge outside the classroom.

However, your gifts allowed Kashemire to turn her scientific interests into job-friendly skills! After joining the club, she learned skills such as electrical wiring and computer programing.

Because of your compassion, Kashemire can combine her critical thinking abilities with her technical skills to help her community! Kashemire recognized that the understaffed, overcrowded local hospitals couldn’t care for all patients. To combat preventable deaths, the students created a hospital bed that automatically distributes IV medications.

YOU empowered Kashemire. Now she is saving lives!

Last year, Kashemire competed with the club in a national robotics competition. Nyaka WON against other secondary and university schools. Her success with the robotics club has encouraged her to become a doctor. With the education in tech innovation that you have provided her, she’s confident she’ll be a great doctor!

You are empowering a generation of women in STEM! THANK YOU!

Students applying STEM in the classroom
Students applying STEM in the classroom

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Tauba at Nyaka Primary School
Tauba at Nyaka Primary School

Tauba’s father died when she was just seven months old. The youngest of 10 children, she watched as her mother had to choose which of her children she could send to school. Tauba knew that she would never get the chance. As the youngest child and a girl, she would most likely work in the fields with her mother and then get married as soon as she reached her early teens. 

Still, Tauba always watched the children walking so proudly in their brightly colored school uniforms. She would imagine herself walking beside them in her own uniform, holding her own books. Sometimes, she would run to her mother and ask about school. Her mother would just shake her head and send Tauba to fetch water or help cook dinner.  

One day, a community leader came to speak with her mother about your Nyaka Primary School. The very next year, Tauba was running with her friends in her own beautiful, purple uniform. 

Now, Tauba is one of your Primary Seven students, and she can hardly believe how much her life has changed. She remembers times at home when her family had nothing to eat. At school, she knows they will provide her with two warm meals. She carries her own textbooks home and studies hard. She is so grateful for the education that you are providing for her. 

Tauba dreams of becoming a surgeon. She wants to earn enough money to help her older brothers and sisters who didn’t get to go to school. She also dreams of sponsoring five Nyaka children when she grows up so that they can have the same chance she has.  

Tauba is proud to be one of your Nyaka students. It is only through your generosity and compassion that she will have a bright future.

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Nyaka Primary School girls in class
Nyaka Primary School girls in class

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! 

Your generous donations are making it possible to educate more girls than ever before! This year, 441 girls, from nursery to university, are going to school because of you. That means 55% of all Nyaka students are girls. 

Sarah is just one of the many girls you have helped. She completed her degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, and just started her first job at the Platinum Hotel in Rukungiri. Before joining Nyaka Primary School as a young girl, everything in her life was very complicated after her parents died. Her future was uncertain.

Because of your kindness, she is rejoicing about how her life has turned out and feels privileged to have graduated school and begun a career.

Thank you for the kindness you have shown Sarah and other girls like her.

Your donations change girls’ lives!

Sarah working at the Platinum Hotel in Rukungiri
Sarah working at the Platinum Hotel in Rukungiri

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Team connecting the pop-up sprinklers
Team connecting the pop-up sprinklers

Maritina is a student at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School who traveled to Malawi in 2017 to attend the 3rd annual WiSci Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Camp. The theme of the camp was to teach girls how to use technology to create a safer, more secure world, with a focus on preventing gender-based violence. As a follow up to the camp, there was a grant opportunity available to students who wanted to work on science projects. Maritina worked with Nyaka staff on a proposal and was approved for $500!

The proposal focused on designing, constructing, and implementing an intelligent automatic irrigation system. The plan for the system is to monitor the moisture content levels in soil and then trigger the irrigation water pumps to power on when the moisture level is below the set threshold and power off when the moisture level is at the required level. Thanks to this amazing young lady and her brilliant idea, this project was implemented by a team of students and teachers at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School.

The team began by building a prototype for the automatic irrigation system on a breadboard, which is a solderless device used for making a prototype with electronics and test circuit designs. Then they integrated the prototype with a powered water pump. They did their first testing of the prototype and the system worked well, and the pressure from the water pump was good enough to raise up the pop-up sprinklers. Since the prototype was a success, the next phase is to work on soldering the system on a stripboard, do additional sensor calibration, and add a knob so the user can change the moisture content levels required for all of the varying crops.

Wow, we can’t wait to see what they will think of next! Thank you for giving girls like Maritina amazing opportunities that they never dreamed were possible.

YOUR support changes lives and makes bright futures possible – knowledge is power!

Maritina discussing the prototype design
Maritina discussing the prototype design
Team working on the breadboard
Team working on the breadboard
Connecting the power supply to the water pump
Connecting the power supply to the water pump

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twitter: @NyakaProject
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
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