Project #8930

Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Clare is in Primary 4 at Nyaka Primary School
Clare is in Primary 4 at Nyaka Primary School

YOU have changed Clare’s life.

Clare lost both of her parents in 2008 when she was just four years old.  She began living with her grandparents but was commonly sick because the family couldn’t afford health care or proper nutrition.  Her future was grim until she was given the opportunity to go to school. 

Today Clare is 12 years old and a Primary 4 student at Nyaka Primary School.  She still lives with her grandparents, brother and sister.  She enjoys math and learning the computer.  One day she hopes to visit the U.S. and be a teacher.  Claire said, “My life was not complete until I joined Nyaka.  Life became smooth since I get medication and other assistance.  I use to fall sick every now and then but now I spend the whole school term without any health problems.  Gone are the days when I lived a sorrowful life.  I thank Nyaka, and all those who give support to Nyaka, for being kind”.  Clare is a very happy and healthy girl now.  She has been given a chance to hope and dream, which can be rare for an orphaned girl in Uganda. 

Help other girls like Clare go to school by donating today!  Thank you!

Family drawing by Clare
Family drawing by Clare


Girls received their hygiene products
Girls received their hygiene products

Students are in their last term of the school year and are ready to end the year strong!  Thanks to you, the girls don’t have to miss any school days because of their periods, and will be able to keep up their grades just like the boys.  Sometimes it can be difficult for girls to keep up in school after they begin their menstruation cycle.  It’s common for girls to remain at home during their periods and can miss 3-6 days of school every month because they don’t have the proper sanitary napkins.  Missing that amount of school every month can negatively affect their grades, despite their best efforts to keep up.  If their grades suffer they might be forced to drop out so they can be home to help their family with the daily chores.

Every girl at Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is provided with sanitary napkins and are able to stay in school all month long!  The girls are also developing a firm confidence that they did not have before they were provided with sanitary napkins.  They no longer have to use unsanitary or uncomfortable methods for caring for their periods like leaves or old clothing.  They can stay in school, concentrate on their academics, and succeed. 

Thank YOU for giving YOUR GIRLS the proper feminine products they need to stay in school month after month!


Scovia is a Secondary 2 student at NVSS
Scovia is a Secondary 2 student at NVSS

Your girls are back in school after their term break and excited to start the second term of the 2016 school year!  During the break there were many activities that went on at NVSS, specifically for the Secondary female students.  Several speakers, who are role models in the community, were invited to speak with the girls about the importance of staying in school, setting goals, and sex education.  There was also a career guidance workshop at the Blue Lupin Library to discuss the various career opportunities that are available after graduation. 

Counseling sessions were held as well to discuss the importance of having an education and graduating from school.  Some of the girls need extra encouragement to stay in school and concentrate on their studies because they feel torn between attending school versus being home to help their families.  When these girls are in Primary school they go home every day and can help out in the evening and weekends.  Now as Secondary students, they live in a dorm and are at school for three months at a time.  They aren’t home every day to help with chores such as cooking, cleaning, fetching water, and helping take care of younger siblings.  However, THANKS TO YOU, more one-on-one time can be spent with these girls to provide guidance to them about the importance of staying in school!

Your support makes a HUGE difference in these girl’s lives.  Thank you for believing that girls deserve the same opportunities as boys!  Want to make sure that these girls continue to stay in school? Donate today.

Group of NVSS girls
Group of NVSS girls


Kutamba students using e-readers
Kutamba students using e-readers

Thank you for giving YOUR girls the education they need to have the futures they deserve! 

The girls you are helping will never be able to put into words how thankful they are for the love and support you show them.  You are giving them the priceless gift of an education.  They are going to grow up to be successful, independent, intelligent women because of you!

A significant tool to enhance their educational experience is the new computer lab that they now have access to, thanks to you.  The computer lab will give girls the computer skills and knowledge that are needed to succeed in the digital world we live in. 

You have also given them more access to books by providing additional e-readers for them.  Your girls now have access to over 7,500 books all because you want to help educate them and see them succeed!  The new e-readers exposes them to more literature and helps them to further their understanding of technology.  These girls are getting an education that they could only dream about before.  Their futures are filled with endless possibilities because you believe in them.

Thank you very much for your love and generosity you give these girls!


Shirah holding her acceptance letter to VIU
Shirah holding her acceptance letter to VIU

Little Shirah struggled to hold back tears as her teacher told her that she had to leave school. She tried not to look at the other children--her new friends--but she felt them stare at her. They all wore nice school uniforms. She was still in her dirty dress and bare feet. 

Shirah wanted so badly to stay at school but her teacher just shook her head. You have to pay your fees to stay at school. You have to have books and pencils. Even though she was very young, Shirah knew that her teacher might as well have asked for a brick of gold. Her mother could never afford to send her to school. 

Shirah ran home and cried on her mother's lap. It's hard to imagine what a mother tells her daughter when she learns that the world isn't kind. As much as her mother loved her, she could not fix the pain in Shirah's heart. 

"Sometimes I think I had the worst life in the world."

That is how Shirah describes her life then. Her father had died from HIV/AIDS and her mother couldn't provide for their young family without him.

Without school, Shirah's future was laid out in front of her. Most orphaned girls grow up in poverty. They tend to get married young. Their children are less likely to go to school. They are trapped in an endless cycle of poverty.

Thankfully, Shirah's life took a different turn. A small primary school opened right in her village. It was free and it was meant for HIV/AIDS orphans like her. She was one of the lucky children who got to go to Nyaka Primary School. 

She told us "I got a chance to put on shoes and have free education, which I never believed in my life."

She learned to believe again. She worked hard to do well in school and you were there to help her whenever she faced trouble. Last year all of her hard work paid off. She was admitted to Vancouver Island University (VIU) on a full-ride scholarship.

Shirah is an amazing young woman and we know she will do amazing things for the world. Her success is only possible because she you gave her the opportunity.

Thank you!



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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$67,382 raised of $75,000 goal
1,546 donations
$7,618 to go
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