Several students, such as Immaculate, returned to Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) in October. During the seven-month mandated lockdown, Immaculate continued to learn by reading her schoolbooks, study materials delivered by teachers, and completing sample exams.
Girls including Immaculate benefit from the accessibility to live on the NVSS campus during the school year. Traditionally, some students have to walk seven miles or more one way to and from school every day. This can be very dangerous for any student, especially, our girls who are vulnerable to sexual assault as they walk long distances.
Not only does living on campus allow students to focus on their studies in a controlled environment, but it also helps us keep students safe from having to walk long distances daily.
Thank you for helping us provide a safe environment for our students!
During a school year, it’s very common for girls to miss three to six days of school monthly during their menstruation cycle because they don’t have the proper sanitary napkins. When girls become of age it can be difficult to maintain their grades. Missing that amount of school every month can negatively affect their grades, despite their best efforts to keep up. If their grades suffer too much and they’re not able to catch up, they might be forced to drop out where they will return home and help their family with the daily chores and work.
Gratefully, girls at Nyaka never have to worry about this because they’re all provided with sanitary napkins to help them stay healthy, comfortable, and ready to learn.
Even though students are learning from home right now, girls are still receiving sanitary products to ensure they have a sanitary and safe way to handle their cycle.
Over the last two years, Nyaka has been working to finish our Chemistry and Physics laboratory. This laboratory will provide the equipment and space necessary for students like Rabecca, Kashemire, and Maritina to continue developing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. These facilities will be particularly important as Nyaka’s Robotics Club hosts an annual robotics camp where students from all over the country have the opportunity to learn essential skills like electrical wiring, website design, and computer programming. This club emphasizes students creating devices that benefit their communities. Female Robotics Club members have developed incredible technologies such as an automatic irrigation system and app to help nurses tend to patients in overcrowded hospitals.
Our female students are able to access the education needed to achieve their goals. The Chemistry and Physics laboratory will help them be more likely to find their dreams STEM careers. Thank you for investing in their dreams.
Your donations are changing the lives of so many girls in the community. Girls, like Rabecca, now have the opportunity to pursue their interests and realize their full potential. Here are some of Rabecca's thoughts on her participation in the recent robotics camp at Nyaka:
"My favorite part of camp was learning more advanced computer engineering -- typing codes and using electronic components that I had never seen or been exposed to before. It was amazing and I was introduced to a completely different way of thinking. I have always loved computers but I lacked the access and opportunity to use them.
Through Nyaka tech camp, I had access to the technology that I have wanted to learn about. And, more importantly, I am working with instructors who can teach me how to use it.
Girls need experience using computers. Many think that it might be a career or interest for boys but we need girls too! When I grow up I want to be a doctor and I know the skills I’m learning here will help me in this career. At this camp I’ve seen people make many inventions that could be used in a hospital. For example, my friend made an automatic tap that will make hand washing easier and more effective, preventing infection and the spread of disease. I’ve seen how other countries are using technology to develop and I’m hopeful that I can become one of these innovators.”
Thank you for continuing to lift girls like Rabecca up. We are a stronger community when our girls feel supported and encouraged to think outside the box!
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.
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