Project #8930

Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

YOU are giving girls the freedom to dream!

For many girls in Uganda, dreaming about what job they could have when they graduate or even graduating from high school can feel unattainable. Girls face some pretty big challenges.

Before girls in Uganda turn eighteen...

  • 1 in 4 will have a pregnancy.
  • 1 in 3 will be married.
  • 1 in 3 will experience sexual assault.
  • 8 in 10 will not attend secondary school.
  • They will miss as many as 24 days of school every year because they don't have sanitary pads.

Girls who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS are at even greater risk than their peers.

That's why YOUR support is so important. When girls see role models like Shirah who was just accepted to Vancouver Island University on a full scholarship, they see what is possible.

Thanks to YOU, girls in Uganda have the support they need to stay in school. YOU give them quality sex education, sanitary napkins so they can stay in school, and free education. Every girl who attends YOUR new Nyaka Vocational Secondary School is promised support if she becomes pregnant so she can remain in school.

YOU are making a difference for girls today and generations from now.

Thank YOU!


YOU can help YOUR students reach their dreams!

July 15th (Next Wednesday)

starting at 9:01am (EST)

A gift to ANY Nyaka project will be matched 50%!

(Only one gift of up to $1,000 will be matched)

We hope you will join us!


Want to see an adorable video featuring YOUR students?

Click HERE to watch a video of YOUR students!


Shirah is off to University thanks to YOU!
Shirah is off to University thanks to YOU!

7 of YOUR girls graduated from high school last December. Now they are waiting for their acceptance letters from the universities they applied to. 

AND now the results are coming in!

We are so excited to tell you that, Shirah, one of YOUR top students, just got her acceptance letter from Vancouver Island University! She will be attending VIU on a FULL scholarship!

Every statistic about Uganda's HIV/AIDS orphans says that Shirah and her classmates should never have succeeded.

Thanks to YOUR LOVE, Shirah and many other girls are overcoming all barriers.

Without the opportunities YOU have given them, these girls would never have had the chance to go to school at all, much less go to university.

The hope YOU give is contagious. When the young girls in Shirah's community see her attending a university, their dreams will be elevated too. They will know what is possible.

On behalf of Shirah and all of the girls YOU inspire, Thank YOU!


There are many more girls like Shirah--brilliant children who are being kept in poverty because they don't have the opportunity to go to school. Help us change their stories like YOU have done for so many other children!

Get Matched 50%!

July 15, 2015

9:01am EDT until 11:59pm EDT (or when funds run out)

Matching is for gifts up to $1,000!

Get Matched 50% on July 15th!
Get Matched 50% on July 15th!
Winter wants to be an Electrical Engineer
Winter wants to be an Electrical Engineer

YOU are helping girls in Uganda defy the odds and achieve their dreams!

Girls like senior six student, Winter.

Winter's parents both died when she was ten years old, leaving her and five other siblings to live with their grandmother. As much as their grandmother wanted to support all of them, it almost seemed impossible considering the lack of money and poverty they were in.

They had to rely on the support of Winter's uncle. Under his care, she was continuously abused. He didn't want her to get an education and, if Winter tried to read books, he threatened to hurt her grandmother. Winter felt scared and alone.

Then her grandmother joined one of YOUR 92 Granny Groups. There she learned about a free school for HIV/AIDS orphans like Winter. She rushed to register her granddaughter.

Winter's future changed dramatically because of YOU!

Winter was able to go to school, read all the books she wanted, and with the other supports she and her grandmother were able to get, they no longer had to rely on Winter's abusive uncle.  

This is the message Winter asked us to share with you:

“I thank you, may God bless you and give you an everlasting life.”

This year, YOU brought Winter a step forward into a successful life. YOU have given her the tools to get to university and now it's up to her to use this amazing gift to help orphans and girls in her country. 

On behalf of all of your girls in Uganda, THANK YOU!


More girls need like Winter need YOUR help!

Right now a little girl in southwest Uganda is dreaming of going to school and YOU can send her!

This upcoming Tuesday (April 14th)

YOU can get your donation to this project matched 50% 

It starts at 9:00am (EDT) and it ends at midnight (12:00am EDT) or whenever the $100,000 in matching funds are gone

(They go quickly so please give early!)

Kutamba Primary School Girls in class
Kutamba Primary School Girls in class


Moreen Wants To Be A Doctor
Moreen Wants To Be A Doctor

YOU are changing lives for girls like Moreen!

Moreen's father died when she was seven years old. He had been sick for years and they didn't know that he had HIV/AIDS until after he had died. While grieving for the death of her father, Moreen and her five siblings learned that their mother also had the terrible illness. 

Fortunately, their mother was able to get treatment she needed, she was able to continue working, and she was able to pay for Moreen's older brother to get through high school. However, when it came time to send Moreen to high school her mother ran out of funds. 

Moreen dreamed of being a doctor but she would never be able to reach her dream if she couldn't go to high school. Then she discovered The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Moreen applied and was given a scholarship to attend school. 

Because of YOU, Moreen is now in her last year of high school and she will be applying to University next year. 

The more opportunities YOU give to girls like Moreen, the faster things will change for girls in Uganda and throughout the region!


TODAY! YOU have the chance to get matched 30% to give YOUR girls the chance to change the world!

YOUR gift up to $1,000 will be matched starting at 9:00am EDT until 11:59pm EDT (or until the matching funds are gone)

Thank you for standing with YOUR students! 


Irene dreams of being a teacher!
Irene dreams of being a teacher!

YOU are helping Girls in Uganda defy the odds and achieve their dreams!

In December YOUR pioneer class of students graduated from high school. Many will go to university to continue their studies! 

None of this would be possible without YOU!

Irene is one of the students YOU have helped. Her parents both died when she was very young, leaving her and her two siblings in the care of their grandparents. Their grandparents loved them and cared for them but they couldn’t afford to send all of their grandchildren to school.

They made the difficult choice to send the oldest to school and left Irene and her little brother at home. Irene remembers feeling sad that she wasn’t in school but she knew her grandparents couldn’t afford it. Then one day in church, Irene’s grandmother heard about Nyaka Primary School. The next day Irene and her brother were both registered for school. Irene's future changed dramatically in just one day!

She told us “Nyaka school has changed my life! My dream after my education is to become a teacher so that I can be able to provide free education to HIV/AIDS orphans.”

This year, YOU brought Irene one big step closer to her dream. 

YOU have gotten her this far. YOU have given her the tools to get to university and now it's up to her to use this amazing gift to help orphans and girls in her country. YOU may never meet but know that Irene is thinking of YOU with love and gratitude.

On behalf of Irene and all of your girls in Uganda, THANK YOU!




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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
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