Project #8930

Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Mable (Left) with fellow Kutamba students
Mable (Left) with fellow Kutamba students

YOUR love gives Mable the strength she needs to come to school every day.

Mable is a nursery student at Kutamba Primary School. She loves to come to school, even if it means waking up at 5:00am every day so she can get to school on time.

At the age of just 6, Mable walks more than 2 hours every morning to school and then walks another 2 hours home.

But Mable doesn’t care how long it takes. She loves school and she has big dreams. Someday she wants to be a nurse so she can give back to her community and help her Mukaaka if she becomes ill.

Because of YOUR love and support, Mable has something worth walking to. YOU are giving her a quality education, two meals a day, a school nurse to care for her (and inspire her), a school uniform, and shoes to protect her little feet as she walks to school.

Even at her young age, Mable knows that every step brings her closer to her future and she is so grateful. 

Thank you!



Kutamba Students in Line for Lunch
Kutamba Students in Line for Lunch

YOU are making futures happen for girls in Uganda!

When Nyaka first opened its doors, we gathered all of the important things. We had pencils and paper, passionate teachers, textbooks, uniforms, everything we thought we would need.

Everything seemed to be going great until we realized that we were missing one essential ingredient: healthy food.

Many of our students are being cared for by their grandmothers who can offer love and shelter but cannot afford to feed all of their grandchildren. Some grandmothers are raising more than 12 grandchildren!

When families in Uganda are struggling to keep food on the table, girls are often the first ones pulled out of school to help at home. We need girls to stay in school so they can grow up to impact their communities. 

Because of YOUR support, we were able to quickly to solve the problem. YOU started providing two meals for YOUR students every school day. YOU started Desire Farm to grow food and raise animals to keep our students fueled and ready to learn! YOU even provided gardening tools, seeds, and training for their grandmothers to ensure that they could keep their grandchildren fed without needing to take their granddaughters out of school. 

Right now there are 463 primary students who are receiving two meals per day through the nutrition program YOU made possible. Now your students have beans, peas, groundnuts, meat, posho, vegetables, rice, matooke (green bananas), sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes to keep them healthy and full of precious energy!

If that wasn't enough, YOUR students now have 200 chickens to provide eggs! 

YOU make all of this possible.

Thank YOU!


Join us for the last Bonus Day of the year!

Wednesday, October 15th

9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) 

  • Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! 
  • There is $75,000 available in matching!
  • They will be offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. 
Kutamba Student in School and Ready to Learn
Kutamba Student in School and Ready to Learn
Chickens at Desire Farm
Chickens at Desire Farm


Administration Building Under Construction
Administration Building Under Construction

He told her that he loved her and that made her feel special. Then one day he was gone and it was time to go back to school.

Part of her knew what would happen but she went anyway, hoping that maybe the bad feeling in the pit of her stomach was wrong. Every semester when the girls came back to school, the principal made them take the test. She told herself it could be nothing but the test didn’t lie.

She was pregnant.

While the other girls went to their classes, she had to pack her things. She had dreamed of becoming a nurse but now she would never get that chance. She walked out of the school with every eye on her.  She did everything she could to keep from crying but the thought of her lost future was too much. What would she do now?

Unfortunately, this story isn’t uncommon in Uganda. Many secondary schools test girls for pregnancy as soon as their students arrive at school. If they are found to be pregnant, they are expelled immediately. Some girls drop out of school if they have had sex or have been raped to avoid the shame and embarrassment of expulsion. Without education, these girls and their children are trapped in poverty.

This isn’t a small number of girls in Uganda. Nearly 1 in 4 girls will become pregnant before the age of 18. This leads many girls to early marriage and unsafe abortions.

YOU are making sure that YOUR students are given good health education to help them avoid pregnancy and HIV/AIDS but we also want to help all of our students reach their dreams even if they make mistakes. That is why YOUR Secondary and Vocational School will not expel girls if they become pregnant.

YOUR support in building YOUR Secondary and Vocational school is helping us work towards the dream that every girl will have the opportunity to reach her dreams. Just look at the pictures of your school under construction.

Look at the beautiful roof YOU have built over the Girls’ dormitory! To the girls who will one day sleep under that roof, every rain drop they hear hit the tiles will remind them of YOUR gift.

The school is scheduled to open February 9th, 2015! That’s only a few short months away but we have faith that YOUR love will open our doors!

Here are a couple ways YOU can help us get there!

Right NOW! YOU can vote for our photos in the Global Giving photo contest. It doesn't cost anything to vote and you can help Nyaka win $1,000! Here are the links to our two photos in the running to win: &

You can also share these links with your friends and ask them to vote too!

September 3rd--September 10th GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations! If you have been waiting for a good time to start giving monthly, this is it!

Artistic Rendering of Completed School
Artistic Rendering of Completed School
Girls' Dormitory Under Construction


Olivia dreams of being a pilot.
Olivia dreams of being a pilot.

The day her father died, Olivia knew her life would never be the same. He had been sick for a while. Even as a primary 2 student, she felt a change in her world. Olivia told us “I felt out of place. I lost hope.”

After the death of her father, her mother couldn’t afford to keep all of her children in school anymore. After just a few years of school, it seemed that Olivia’s education was finished.

“It was as if my life had ended. I was the first born at home and it was like my home was also perishing. My mum kept guiding me. I would work in the garden with her and I would wonder where my life was going to go.”

Then the Nyaka Primary School opened.

Olivia learned from her mother about the school that was opened for HIV/AIDS orphans. Olivia couldn’t contain her excitement. The deep longing she had in her heart to go to school spilled out in laughter and tears. She and her mother hurried to apply for the school and she was accepted.

“I am now living a better life. I am now in senior 6 and I hope to pass my exams so I can go to University next year. I want to help others in the future. I extend my sincere thanks to you for supporting me.”

Because YOU gave her the chance, Olivia and many girls like her will be able to graduate from High School and attend University. Olivia dreams of being a pilot. Thanks to YOU, she will get to live out her dream.

Thank YOU!

Two of our future Nyaka graduates.
Two of our future Nyaka graduates.



Isabela is in her first year of secondary school working towards her dream to be a doctor.

She and her two siblings live with their grandmother.

She loves reading books and playing netball with her friends.

Isabela may seem like a normal girl but in reality she is a HERO defying the odds.

Isabela doesn't want to be a statistic.

Just by stepping a foot into her secondary school, Isabela and her female classmates will marry 4 years later and have 2 fewer children. When she chooses to have children, they will be more likely to attend school as well!

With YOUR help, she is going to graduate secondary school and go on to university to become a doctor.

Isabela isn't a statistic. She's a smart, capable girl proving that girls can achieve.

YOU are helping your girls defy the odds and overcome poverty! 

YOU are making a difference in their lives and the lives of their children!


We need your help to ensure more girls like Isabela can reach their dreams!

Please join us TODAY  for a special Bonus Day!

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

It starts at 9:00am (EDT) and will last until 11:59pm (EDT) tonight!

Please give early! Funds will go fast! 


There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

AND $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further! 

Girls in their Nyaka Primary School uniforms
Girls in their Nyaka Primary School uniforms


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Organization Information

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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