Project #8930

Educate Girls Orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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!




Joanita is excited to start secondary school!
Joanita is excited to start secondary school!

Last year YOU gave 192 girls in primary school and 97 girls in secondary or vocational school free education, healthcare, sanitary pads, meals, shoes, school uniforms, and school supplies.

When school starts in less than a month, YOU will be educating even more girls than ever before!

In just days YOUR girls in Primary 7 will be in the first class to attend YOUR Nyaka Vocational Secondary School and we already know they are going to be successful!

Every year YOUR primary seven class is required to take the big Primary Leaving Exam. This test has the power to decide their entire future. It will determine if they will be accepted into the secondary school or vocational school of their choice. Students who do not score high enough are often forced to go to a school that provides a poorer quality of education or they may have to seek out an apprenticeship rather than attending a formalized vocational school.

This year of the 25 female students in primary seven, 23 girls passed with a B+ or higher! All of the students passed with a C or higher!

Without supporters like YOU these girls wouldn’t have the encouragement and support to further their education and make smart decisions. YOU made sure they knew their value and worth, reminding them that there are people, even strangers who truly care about their well-being. YOU gave them the ability to discover their unknown talents and skills. 

As the years grow, more girls will be able to have their chance at a positive future!

The more YOU help, the less likely these girls will be trapped in poverty, unable to fulfill their dreams.  Because of YOU they will not miss out on valuable education. Even though we are opening the Secondary School soon, we still have a lot of construction to do before it is completed! If you want to help us ensure that this class and all of YOUR future students have the opportunity to get a high quality education, please consider giving to our new project on global giving, Build A School for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Uganda.

YOUR girls and all of us here at Nyaka want to say Thank YOU!

Your new Nyaka Vocational Secondary School
Your new Nyaka Vocational Secondary School


One of The Nyaka Primary Student YOU are Helping
One of The Nyaka Primary Student YOU are Helping

This has been an exciting year for girls and it's all because of YOU!

YOU gave 251 primary students and 97 secondary students free education, healthcare, sanitary pads, meals, shoes, school uniforms, and school supplies.

YOU graduated your first class of high school students who will be attending University!

Next year, 25 of YOUR girls will be in the first class to attend YOUR Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School next year.

YOU gave your girls vital health education to help them avoid unplanned pregnancies. YOU empowered them to stay in school. YOU reminded YOUR girls that they are valuable. YOU gave them the chance to explore their gifts and talents. 

The stakes were high this year and YOU rose to meet the challenge. Many HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda are still at home while their friends go to school. Girls are getting married and having babies of their own before they're ready. Without good nutrition, they are stunted and unhealthy. 

Next year these numbers will grow as YOU reach more and more girls in Uganda!


YOUR girls and all of us here at Nyaka want to wish you a very Happy New Year! 





2 Kutamba Primary School Students YOU are helping
2 Kutamba Primary School Students YOU are helping
Two of The Secondary Students YOU are Helping
Two of The Secondary Students YOU are Helping


Grauating Girls Standing Beside Their Male Peers
Grauating Girls Standing Beside Their Male Peers

This year YOU made history!

25 of YOUR primary school girls graduated and will be the first to attend YOUR Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School in just a few short months.

This means that YOUR girls will have a better chance to reach their dreams! Uganda has a devastatingly high rate of unplanned pregnancy among young girls. About 1 in 4 girls will have a pregnancy before they turn 18. Most secondary schools in Uganda expel girls immediately if they are found to be pregnant, immediately ending her chance to complete her education. Some schools allow girls to come back to school after a year but many girls do not return.

Without an education, girls in Uganda will not be able to speak up and have their voices heard. YOUR support is changing the tides for these girls. 

The quality health education and support YOU provide to YOUR girls has done so much to help them avoid unplanned pregnancies but we know that we can do more to ensure that YOUR girls can wait to have their first child when they are ready. 

The Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School will mean that YOU Nyaka team will be able to provide more health education and support specific to their needs. Nyaka is committed to YOUR girls and their futures. No girl will be expelled if she becomes pregnant. Instead she will be given additional support to ensure that she can continue her education and care for her child.

Because of YOU, YOUR Nyaka Girls will have more control over their lives.

YOU are also sending girls to University!

YOUR Senior six girls have graduated and will be preparing to attend university in the fall. These students are from YOUR pioneer class of students. They were the first class of students to attend Nyaka Primary School when Nyaka first opened its doors!

The first step to getting more women in a position of power in Uganda is to have more women in University. YOU have given them everything they need to achieve their dreams and now they are doing it!

Thank YOU for making 2014 a fantastic and historic year for YOUR girls!

Graduating Nyaka Girls With Their Male Peers
Graduating Nyaka Girls With Their Male Peers
Secondary and Vocational School Graduates
Secondary and Vocational School Graduates


Brenda and her grandmother
Brenda and her grandmother

YOU are making a difference for girls like Brenda

Brenda lost her parents to HIV/AIDS when she was in Primary 3. After their death, her grandmother couldn't afford to send her and her two sisters to school. At first Brenda was relieved. She said it felt too difficult to go back after her parents died.

A year later she learned about Nyaka Primary School. She begged her older sister to take her to the school so that she could apply. Brenda was admitted into primary 4 and has been a Nyaka student ever since.

She is now in her senior six preparing to graduate from secondary school. She will be applying to university to study accounting.

Her story is impossible without YOU.


We need YOUR help to reach more girls like Brenda!

If you make a gift today starting at 9:01 am (EST), you will get 100% matching!

Here are the details:

It will start today, December 2nd, at 9:01 AM (EST) and end on December 3rd at 2:59:59 AM (EST).

All donations from $10 to $500 will be matched 100%!

There will be $350,000 available for matching with half released at 9:01am (EST) and the other half released at 3:01pm (EST).



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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
$70,350 raised of $75,000 goal
1,589 donations
$4,650 to go
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