All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
All Ugandan girls should be able to go to school!
walking (and dancing!) to the graduation ceremony
walking (and dancing!) to the graduation ceremony

Season’s greetings, friends of Nyaka!

Last week was a very special time for our Nyaka and Kutamba Students, as well as our pioneer Secondary School students. We got to watch our Primary 7 and Secondary 4 students don their purple, green, and black caps and gowns for a graduation celebration!

That’s right—the students YOU’ve supported all along have just completed another year of school! This graduation is a truly monumental event in their lives, and it would not have been possible without YOU

Just look at what YOU've done for our student, Bruno! Before YOU, Bruno lived alone, only finding comfort in his school work. Through YOUR generosity, Bruno's world has completely turned around. Read more about his story here!

Today, you now have the opportunity to re-invest in their lives in a deeply meaningful way.

From now until the end of the year, GlobalGiving is matching all recurring donations by 100%! And there’s still $22,000 available in matching funds! That's a lot to share!

Let's celebrate this opportunity and all we've accomplished together this year through a gift that will count twice as much!

You know what's even better? GlobalGiving is making it easy to give a gift in honor of your friends and family. It only takes a few seconds, and you can print off a holiday card with your donation here!

One of our Nyaka volunteers, Amber Davis Collins, made it to Uganda just in time for the ceremony! She made a lovely short video for all of our supporters--that's YOU! Click here to watch the video now.

YOU made all of this possible! And we feel so lucky to have your support.

Want to check out everything YOU helped make possible this year? Browse back through our blog to read up on  many of Nyaka's inspiring stories!

As always, we thank YOU and value YOUR support.

Please consider a recurring donation of $10 or more today.

Happy Holidays!

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students during the celebrations
students during the celebrations
a bright and beautiful Nyaka girl
a bright and beautiful Nyaka girl
Our Graduating Class!
Our Graduating Class!
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a happy Nyaka student
a happy Nyaka student

The holidays are finally here!

And in honor of this Thanksgiving, the Nyaka team is celebrating by giving thanks to YOU.

We’ve had an amazing year, and it would not have been possible without all of your generous support.

Through your help, we’ve been able to serve thousands of grannies by providing vocational training, and improving their standard of living with smokeless kitchens and sanitary latrines.

Through your help, we’ve been able to provided hundreds of students with free, quality education in facilities conducive to fun learning opportunities.

And through ­your help, our Executive Director and Founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, was named a CNN Hero! Wow!

It’s been an incredible year, and we wouldn’t have done it without YOU!

But that’s not all…

Now you can watch and see what your support has helped us do in Uganda!

Meet Brenda Phillips, a talented documentary filmmaker and Nyaka volunteer, who traveled to Uganda in March 2012. While at Nyaka, she broke ground on a documentary capturing the stories of the grannies and students of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.

We want to invite you to take a few minutes to see what Brenda’s been up to. Click here to experience her beautiful footage, and see for yourself the changes being made in Nyaka through YOUR support.

 

Want to see your support go even farther? Then get ready for #GivingTuesday!

GlobalGiving has partnered with Microsoft to celebrate #GivingTuesday for a full day of matching donations! On Tuesday November 27th, for every dollar a donor gives to a micro-project on GiveforYouth.org, Microsoft will donate another dollar. For example, a $100 donation becomes a $200 donation. There are $100,000 in matching funds available.

Check out our Facebook and follow our Twitter while we encourage everyone to take part in #GivingTuesday!

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The young ladies of Nyaka studying hard!
The young ladies of Nyaka studying hard!

You are a gift to the little girls of Nyaka and Kutamba.

In a global education system where girls are often overlooked, you are the difference.

You don't just believe that women have a right to an education, you act.  Thank you!

You have gone out of your way to provide a FREE quality education to the 65% of our students who are young girls.

On October 17th, starting at 12:01 ET, you can do 30% more with your generosity.

But first, your project report!

If you were to walk through the doorway of the P.4 class at Kutamba Primary School every student would shoot up from their desk and welcome you.

Click here to watch a thirty second video of their special welcome.

"You are welcome, our visitors."

They would declare,

"Discipline first. Academics second."

They would answer the question,

"Absent?"

with a hearty, "No!"

Your students come to school every day because you keep the doors open, the meals coming and the water clean.  You believe in them and therefore, they believe in themselves because you have made them a priority year after year.

Are you curious about what your students have been studying? Click here to take a peek into the classroom by reading progress reports from the teachers. You are making sure that your students have incredible opportunities to brighten their future.

Next year, as sixty students move up to secondary school, we will accept sixty more students into preschool!

So today, celebrate your personal fight against poverty by doing three things.

  1. Give yourself a pat on the back.  You deserve it.
  2. Sign up to give $10 monthly - enough to provide one student with the school supplies they need.
  3. Invite 30 friends to join you by sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Blog about it, why don't cha?

Your actions today will continue your legacy of generosity in the lives of these future leaders.

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Thanks to loyal supporters like you, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Executive Director and Founder Twesigye Jackson Kaguri has been selected a 2012 CNN Hero.

Today, however we need your help!

There are a total of 24 CNN Heroes this year and coming up this Thursday at Noon ET the Top Ten Heroes for 2012 will be announced!

Please visit the CNN Facebook page and tell them loud and proud that you want Twesigye Jackson Kaguri in the Top Ten! Please comment and share on this website why you think Jackson should be chosen!


The stakes are really high for the children and grannies of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Each Top Ten Hero receives $50,000 for their charity. If by the end of the voting period, which officially begin Thursday, Jackson is voted as the #1 Top CNN Hero for 2012, he gains an additional $250,000 for this critical work that means so much to you!

What you can do right now!

1. Visit the CNN Facebook page and let CNN know that you want Twesigye Jackson Kaguri on the Top Ten list.

2. Share the link with your friends and ask them to do the same.

Thank you for your love, care, and commitment, to our students and grannies. We are so grateful for you carving time out to help out this week!

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Your Hero!
Your Hero!

Please remember to vote for sweet Janati...we're currently in 7th place and need your help to win $1,000!

More Breaking News!

You may recall that The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Founder and Executive Director Twesigye Jackson
Kaguri was recently selected a 2012 CNN Hero.*

In addition to the original feature, CNN also filmed Jackson encouraging students to dream big and to aspire to do good in this world.

You can watch this two-minute film by clicking here.

On Thursday, September 20th, CNN will announce this year's TOP 10 CNN Heroes, at which time online voting begins for "Hero of the Year."

The Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive $50,000, and the CNN Hero of the Year will receive $250,000!  We know that we can count on you to promote and vote if Jackson makes it into the TOP 10...and we promise you will be the first to know when it happens!

Winning this award would mean the world to the students and grannies you have come to love.

Thank you so much for your unwavering support.  Please remember to take the time to vote for Janati's photo before August 15th! 

Extra-credit if you ask your friends too also. :)

You are simply the best!

Janati - YOU can be her HERO - vote today!
Janati - YOU can be her HERO - vote today!

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Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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East Lansing, MI United States
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