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Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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
Girls working on automatic irrigation system
Girls working on automatic irrigation system

This year girls represent 58% of the of the students attending your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School. This includes secondary students as well as vocational students. Most girls in the vocational program, choose to take the garment design class (GDC). In GDC, students learn multiple sewing techniques that they can use to sew and sell items outside of school to bring in extra income. Girls enrolled in secondary classes can learn valuable information like programming, robotics, and coding. Less than 20% of students in Uganda enroll in secondary school. Every girl who attends your school is more likely to find employment after graduation.

Your school has given girls the tools to dominate. Girls in yours schools are able to do amazing things. Like Maritina, who led a team to build an automatic irrigation system. Every day girls are showing up to school ready to change lives, like the team of female students who designed a phone app to help nurses tend to patients in the overcrowded hospitals. These girls are ready to make a difference in other people’s lives because of the difference YOU made in their lives.

You teach girls they can do anything. Thank you!

Student in garment design class
Student in garment design class
Girls in robotics club
Girls in robotics club

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Students ranging from Primary to University students started the school year in February. We are proud to have 780 students enrolled in your schools this year! Out of the 780 students enrolled, a total of 56% of students are female. Making female attendance up 2% from last year!

 

Your efforts and encouragement have given girls the strength to attend school. Every donation made to EDJA has made female students feel safer to walk to and from school. We also welcomed a few new bright girls in the nursery classes this year in Nyaka Primary School and Kutamba Primary School. 

Many girls like Amelia are grateful to be able to go to school. Amelia’s Grandmother enrolled her in Nyaka after being orphaned. After starting at Nyaka, Amelia learned how to read and write. Amelia is now a Primary Seven student in the debate club. Because of the debate club, Amelia wants to use her voice to become an advocate to speak up for other children.

You helped many students like Amelia find their dreams. Many students wouldn’t be in school at all if it wasn’t for the support they receive from you!

 

 

Jackson has a new book 'Victory for my Village' coming out. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE

 

Nyaka's new documentary 'VICTORS'  is coming soon. This powerful documentary highlights EDJA's effort to open everyone's eyes and hearts to the most remote and powerful #metoo movement of our day and the fight against sexual violence in rural Uganda. You can click HERE to find a screening near you. If there is no scheduled screening near you, you can contact Nyaka to schedule a screening in your community. 

 

Click HERE for the official trailer of VICTORS 

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It takes a lot of hard work to go to nursing school and finish. We’re so proud of Moreen for receiving her certificate from Uganda Nursing School after two and a half years! Moreen shows great passion for helping her community. Before going to nursing school, Moreen was a student in YOUR schools. While at Nyaka she was persistent in her studies and showed great compassion towards her classmates and family.

Moreen attributes all of her success to you and all the ways you’ve supported her. She says, “I want to thank everyone who helped me during my course of study. You have supported me financially, psychologically, spiritually and physically, and I am grateful for that.”

While in nursing school, Moreen practiced at several different health institutions including Bwindi community Hospital, Kambuga Hospital, and the Mummy Drayton Clinic. She also did community outreached and taught health education on sexual and reproductive health in secondary schools. Moreen is currently looking for a job or volunteer placement so she can use her knowledge and skills.

Moreen wouldn’t have these amazing opportunities if it wasn’t for YOUR love and support. Thank you!

 

 

 

Jackson has a new book 'Victory for my Village' coming out. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE 

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Meet Amelia, a voracious reader!
Meet Amelia, a voracious reader!

When Amelia was a child, she and her orphaned siblings lived with their grandmother. Amelia’s grandmother loved her children. However, as a farmer, it was hard to afford the grandchildren’s basic needs, including school fees.

Amelia attended school, but often, she would be chased away from class because her family couldn’t afford the school fees. Even when she was in class, she couldn’t focus. She was too nervous that someone would run into her classroom and chase her away until she could pay.

Amelia saw how one of her sisters had to drop out of school, before age 13, to work in the fields. Amelia dreamed of becoming a nurse to help people who were sick like her family members. Yet, she was terrified that, like her sister, she would have to end her education early.

Because of you, Amelia’s life is changed forever! When Amelia was seven, a community member told her grandmother how Nyaka school offers free education to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Her grandmother immediately enrolled her.

Once Amelia started at Nyaka, she loved learning how to read and write. She became an avid reader. She loved to discover new words. If she didn’t know a word, her teachers encouraged her to look it up! Amelia is now a Primary Seven student who loves to impress the judges in debate club with her advanced vocabulary. (Often, her verbosity and eloquence expeditiously stupefies her opponents.)

Your Nyaka Debate Club helped Amelia gain the confidence to speak in public. She has learned to consider her opinions and defend them with research. Since you helped Amelia to find her voice, she wants to become an advocate to speak up for other children who are chased out of school.

Amelia is so excited to follow your example and make a difference.

All smiles because you make Nyaka possible!
All smiles because you make Nyaka possible!
Focused on learning so she can advocate for others
Focused on learning so she can advocate for others

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Meet Shillah, the girl who
Meet Shillah, the girl who's life you help change!

You created a space at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School Shillah to transform her musical passions into a career!

 

By the time Shillah was three, she had lost both of her parents. Her grandmother welcomed Shillah and her seven older siblings into their home, but she couldn’t afford school fees. Without a formal education, Shillah was destined to be like many uneducated girls in her village: an early bride and a young mother.

 

However, thanks to your kindness, by the time she was school-aged, Shillah’s life changed! Her uncle had heard of how the nearby Nyaka Primary School offers a free education to orphans. Shillah’s family enrolled her immediately.

 

At Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, you gave Shillah another chance to use her love of music. She joined the drama club.

Your support offered Shillah the tools she needed to learn how to read and write. Before attending Nyaka, Shillah didn’t have books or pencils, but as a primary student, she could write her own stories and poetry. Shillah also loved to sing and dance. Your commitment to Nyaka allowed her to further her artistic interests through the school’s Anti-AIDS Club. The club uses song/dance to educate the community and other schools about AIDS. You have provided Shillah the platform to use her musical gifts to help others.

 

At Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, you presented Shillah another chance to foster her love of music. She joined the drama club. In the club, she worked every weekend with a teacher to write her own songs. Through the club, Shillah went from being a girl who liked to sing in a group, to a performer who performs solos of her own work. Thanks to your investment, Shillah was also able to compete in a national vocal competition, which she won!

 

Shillah graduates this December. Because you empowered her, she plans to record her own music. Since she studied tailoring, Shillah intends to make all of her performance outfits so they will be as unique and beautiful as she is.

 

You have helped Shillah become the strong, self-sufficient woman she was always meant to be! Thank you!

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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