Project #8930

Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

YOUR girls are an inspiration!

Every December, Primary 7 students in Uganda take the PLE (Primary Leaving Examination).  This national exam determines where students will go after Primary School.  Some students will continue onto Secondary School and some students will learn a skilled trade while attending a Vocational School. 

82% of the Nyaka and Kutamba Primary School students scored a B or higher!  48% of these students were YOUR GIRLS! Congratulations!

Access to education is one of the biggest obstacles that young girls in Uganda have to overcome.  YOUR love and generosity make it possible for these girls to be in school and have a future that includes more than just motherhood and marriage.

YOU are changing the future for these girls!  Thanks to YOU, girls in Uganda have the support they need to stay in school and prove that they are just as smart and talented as their male peers.

Thank you for the support and encouragement YOU show towards these brilliant young girls!


Primah in her Kutamba Primary School Uniform
Primah in her Kutamba Primary School Uniform

YOU are helping girls like Primah!

Primah is 12 years old and a primary seven student at Kutamba Primary School. She says her proudest achievement is being elected as Kutamba’s Head Girl last year. The position held a lot of responsibility, including organizing assemblies and acting as a spokesperson for the other pupils.

Primah’s biggest challenge has been frequent illness which has disrupted her studies, but she says that fortunately Kutamba’s school nurse, Arinda Hope, is always on hand when she doesn’t feel well. She is proud of her ability to persevere despite her challenges, and she went into her end-of-year exams feeling confident.

Primah’s father passed away when she was too young to remember. Without his help, the family struggled to put food on the table. Today, Primah spends much of her time helping her mother in the potato fields, and when there is paraffin for the lamp at home, she studies in the evenings.

Although her mother would prefer for Primah to stay at home and help her in the fields after she finishes primary seven this year, Primah wants to attend secondary school next year.

Generous people like YOU are helping Nyaka encourage families to think differently about education. Even though she knows education is a great opportunity, next year Primah's mother will have to tend her fields without the help of her children. Right now she won't be able to grow and sell as many potatoes but in the future her children will have higher incomes and will be better able to help her.

Thank YOU and Happy New Year!



The school year is coming to a close. 

YOUR girls have just finished taking their end of year exams and they're waiting to learn their scores.

This school year hasn't been easy. They've had to work hard to stay in school. But every single one of YOUR girls will tell you that it has all been worth it.

Phionah would tell you that all of this hard work has brought her one big step closer to her dream. She wants to be a police woman...or maybe an accountant. It depends when you ask her. She loves reading and playing with her friends at school. 

Phionah is one of many girls who YOU have impacted this year through your giving. We know she will reach her dream, whatever it may be, thanks to YOU

The gift YOU have given her and her classmates is so big that their children will feel the benefits years from now. Thank you for caring about YOUR girls. 

Happy Holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!

Kutamba Primary School Students In Class
Kutamba Primary School Students In Class


Girls at Nyaka Primary School
Girls at Nyaka Primary School

YOU give to this project because YOU believe--like we do--that girls education is one of the most important ways to end poverty. 

Right now YOU are supporting 261 girls in primary school, 96 girls in secondary and vocational school and 7 girls in university. YOU are giving them everything they need to be great students: free education, textbooks, healthcare, sanitary napkins, nutritious meals, school uniforms, scholastic materials, medicine and vaccines, and so much more!

YOU are a hero to these girls!

Access to education is one of the biggest barriers YOUR girls have to overcome but, tragically, we've learned that there is another barrier we need to address. Recently there was an attack on a 9-year-old student who attends Kutamba Primary School. She was sexually assaulted by an adult man. After the obvious shock and horror of this event, Nyaka decided to take action. We have launched a new program to protect the girls and boys in our community from sexual assault and to support Nyaka students who have survived a sexual assault. Our program is just beginning but exciting work is being done in the fight against sexual assault already. This has included legal advocacy for survivors and educating the community about what they can do to protect their children. If you're interested in learning more, click this link to our new Global Giving project where you can learn more.

YOUR partnership and compassion has given so many girls opportunities they've only dreamed of before. Thank YOU!

Girls at Kutamba Primary School
Girls at Kutamba Primary School


Girls Playing At School
Girls Playing At School

YOU Make every day a victory for girls!

YOUR donation is ensuring that every little girl has the same opportunities as the boys in her class.

YOU give them sanitary napkins so they don't have to miss school every month!

YOU are empowering girls and teaching them that they can be whatever they want to. Because of YOU, they will be a generation of girls who decide when and if they want to get married or have children. And, if YOUR girls choose to have a family someday, their children will be more likely to go to school, healthier, and more likely to survive past age 5 just because their mother was able to go to school.

What YOU do for YOUR girls is so important! Thank YOU!


We also wanted to say a special Thank you for YOUR latest victory for girls!

This September, we told you that our Founder and Executive Director, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, was nominated for the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Thanks to YOUR votes and shares, Jackson won!  He was officially named the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen in front of a crowd of 60,000 people at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City!

Now more people than ever have heard about Nyaka and YOUR girls because of YOU!

This is a big step forward to help more children and grandmothers in Uganda. 

Thank you so much for YOUR support! Everything is possible when we work together!

One of YOUR Girls Having Fun At School
One of YOUR Girls Having Fun At School


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Organization Information

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$64,005 raised of $75,000 goal
1,431 donations
$10,995 to go
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