Project #8930

Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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


Shirah at the airport in Canada!
Shirah at the airport in Canada!

There's so much great news to share!

YOUR girls are showing the world what they can do because YOU are empowering them!

In a country where girls are less likely to go to secondary school, the are much less likely to go to University. This year SEVEN of YOUR 14 students going to university this fall are GIRLS.

They are not only showing they are equally as smart and talented as their male peers, YOUR girls are winning scholarships! One of YOUR girls, Bonietor, earned high enough scores on her exams that the Ugandan government is sponsoring her university education! YOUR student, Shirah, earned a full ride to Vancouver Island University. She has already landed in Vancouver and is ready to start classes at Vancouver Island University.

Shirah, Bonietor, and all of YOUR girls are entering a challenging new world in university. But don’t worry! The excellent education and support YOU have provided all of YOUR students has prepared them to face new challenges. They will rely on the life skills and education YOU have provided them. Thanks to YOU, Nyaka will be able to give them guidance and support as they grow and learn in University.

If a major milestone wasn't enough, we have more amazing news to share! 

Nyaka's Founder and Executive Director, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, has been nominated for the Waislitz Global Citizen Award!

This award not only validates the wonderful work YOU make possible, it could also win Nyaka a prize of $100,000 to empower and educate YOUR students and their grandmothers in Uganda!

To win the award and the $100,000 prize for YOUR children, Jackson has to get the most votes!

Will you help by voting for Jackson today?

Here is the link to vote!

Jackson with some of YOUR Nyaka students!
Jackson with some of YOUR Nyaka students!



Meet Deniz!

She is one of the girls that YOU support at Kutamba Primary School. She is a nursery student but she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up, a Nurse! That might change between now and graduation day but what will never change is the opportunity YOU have given her to reach her dream.

Without YOU, Deniz would not be thinking about becoming a nurse at all. She would be fetching water and helping her grandmother cook. She would probably be married and have children before she reached eighteen. She would be more vulnerable to sexual predators and HIV/AIDS. 

Because of YOUR support, Deniz can dream about her future. She will have the ability to make her own decisions. If she chooses to get married and have children it will be in her time and because she wants to. 

We know Deniz and all of the girls whose lives YOU are investing in will do great things.

Thank YOU for empowering YOUR students so they can show the world what girls can do! 



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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
$69,987 raised of $75,000 goal
1,575 donations
$5,013 to go
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