Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
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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Maritina in a lab at the WiSci Camp
Maritina in a lab at the WiSci Camp

Over the summer we introduced you to a young lady named Maritina. She is a student from Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, who was chosen to represent Nyaka at the WiSci Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) camp in Malawi. Maritina was joined with other students from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. This was the 3rd STEAM Girls’ camp and it was organized by The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, Girl Up, and World Learning. 

The STEAM Camp offered the girls a new way through which to see the world and themselves, and opportunities to connect with other people and to build bridges across cultural, ethnic, and geographical divides. The girls gained new skills and perspectives in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Maritina said, “I really can’t wait to share the knowledge and skills that I acquired from the camp with my schoolmates and the community at large.” Attending the WiSci camp also gave Maritina the chance to explore career opportunities that she might not have considered before. The first lady of Malawi spoke to the girls and told them, “if our dreams do not scare us, we know that they are not enough.” Maritina will never forget these words or the amazing experience she had at the camp. 

YOUR love and support will help other girls, just like Maritina, reach goals that they never thought possible. Thank you!

Remember to support your girls on #GivingTuesday, November 28th!

Maritina getting on a plane for the first time
Maritina getting on a plane for the first time
Maritina at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School
Maritina at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School

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Sarah in the library at school
Sarah in the library at school

It takes a lot of hard work and determination to make it through law school, which is why we are so proud of Sarah. She is beginning her third year of law school at Uganda Christian University and doing very well. Unfortunately, many of her peers have dropped out of the law program because they couldn’t manage the discipline and work required. Some of them also dropped out because they could not afford the tuition. Sarah attributes her success to the support she gets from YOU! She said, “Thank you very much, my sponsors, for the gift of education that you have blessed me with. You have surely saved me from begging on the streets of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. You are empowering me to stand against the violation of human rights, you have given me the insight to work for a better future and I promise to work tooth and nail to ensure that your efforts are not wasted.”

Outside of the classroom, Sarah has been volunteering in the research section at the Court of Appeals. This is the second-highest court in the hierarchy of courts in Uganda (the Supreme Court being the highest). She has also been busy volunteering and attending trainings. Recently, Sarah attended a training where she learned about alternative dispute resolution, which is a method used during arbitration. She wouldn’t have these amazing opportunities if it wasn’t for YOUR love and support.

Thank you for making it possible for Sarah to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer!

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Maritina on the left and Shallon on the right
Maritina on the left and Shallon on the right

Two Nyaka students are among the 100 girls selected to participate in the Girls’ STEAM Camp in Malawi this summer!  Maritina is from Nyaka Vocational Secondary School and Shallon is from Grace High School.  They were selected from a highly competitive application process.  This is the third annual Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp (STEAM= Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics).  WiSci Malawi will bring together 100 high school girls from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and the United States, to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, empower them to develop their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks that will propel them to new opportunities in STEAM fields.

The theme of WiSci 2017 is using technology to create a safer, more secure world, with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.  Maritina and Shallon are among the six students from Uganda who will represent Nyaka, and the nation at large, on this platform scheduled to take place on  July 29th - August 15th in Malawi at The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).  Instructors and trainers from private sector partners including Google, Intel, NASA, and ASM will lead classes introducing students to topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Thank YOU for supporting Maritina, Shallon, and all of the girls at Nyaka.  YOU provide them with opportunities that they never dreamed possible!

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.nyakaschool.org/​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$85,313 raised of $100,000 goal
 
1,770 donations
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