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!
Robotic arm pieces ready to be assembled
Robotic arm pieces ready to be assembled

YOU are making sure girls like Kashemire are ready to take their place as leaders among their generation.

Did you know 95% of jobs by 2020 will require a formal STEAM* education? (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)

Kashemire, a third year Vocational student, always loved science. Yet, until she discovered Nyaka’s Robotics Club, she wasn’t able to apply her scientific knowledge outside the classroom.

However, your gifts allowed Kashemire to turn her scientific interests into job-friendly skills! After joining the club, she learned skills such as electrical wiring and computer programing.

Because of your compassion, Kashemire can combine her critical thinking abilities with her technical skills to help her community! Kashemire recognized that the understaffed, overcrowded local hospitals couldn’t care for all patients. To combat preventable deaths, the students created a hospital bed that automatically distributes IV medications.

YOU empowered Kashemire. Now she is saving lives!

Last year, Kashemire competed with the club in a national robotics competition. Nyaka WON against other secondary and university schools. Her success with the robotics club has encouraged her to become a doctor. With the education in tech innovation that you have provided her, she’s confident she’ll be a great doctor!

You are empowering a generation of women in STEM! THANK YOU!

Students applying STEM in the classroom
Students applying STEM in the classroom

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Tauba at Nyaka Primary School
Tauba at Nyaka Primary School

Tauba’s father died when she was just seven months old. The youngest of 10 children, she watched as her mother had to choose which of her children she could send to school. Tauba knew that she would never get the chance. As the youngest child and a girl, she would most likely work in the fields with her mother and then get married as soon as she reached her early teens. 

Still, Tauba always watched the children walking so proudly in their brightly colored school uniforms. She would imagine herself walking beside them in her own uniform, holding her own books. Sometimes, she would run to her mother and ask about school. Her mother would just shake her head and send Tauba to fetch water or help cook dinner.  

One day, a community leader came to speak with her mother about your Nyaka Primary School. The very next year, Tauba was running with her friends in her own beautiful, purple uniform. 

Now, Tauba is one of your Primary Seven students, and she can hardly believe how much her life has changed. She remembers times at home when her family had nothing to eat. At school, she knows they will provide her with two warm meals. She carries her own textbooks home and studies hard. She is so grateful for the education that you are providing for her. 

Tauba dreams of becoming a surgeon. She wants to earn enough money to help her older brothers and sisters who didn’t get to go to school. She also dreams of sponsoring five Nyaka children when she grows up so that they can have the same chance she has.  

Tauba is proud to be one of your Nyaka students. It is only through your generosity and compassion that she will have a bright future.

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Nyaka Primary School girls in class
Nyaka Primary School girls in class

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! 

Your generous donations are making it possible to educate more girls than ever before! This year, 441 girls, from nursery to university, are going to school because of you. That means 55% of all Nyaka students are girls. 

Sarah is just one of the many girls you have helped. She completed her degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, and just started her first job at the Platinum Hotel in Rukungiri. Before joining Nyaka Primary School as a young girl, everything in her life was very complicated after her parents died. Her future was uncertain.

Because of your kindness, she is rejoicing about how her life has turned out and feels privileged to have graduated school and begun a career.

Thank you for the kindness you have shown Sarah and other girls like her.

Your donations change girls’ lives!

Sarah working at the Platinum Hotel in Rukungiri
Sarah working at the Platinum Hotel in Rukungiri

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Team connecting the pop-up sprinklers
Team connecting the pop-up sprinklers

Maritina is a student at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School who traveled to Malawi in 2017 to attend the 3rd annual WiSci Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Camp. The theme of the camp was to teach girls how to use technology to create a safer, more secure world, with a focus on preventing gender-based violence. As a follow up to the camp, there was a grant opportunity available to students who wanted to work on science projects. Maritina worked with Nyaka staff on a proposal and was approved for $500!

The proposal focused on designing, constructing, and implementing an intelligent automatic irrigation system. The plan for the system is to monitor the moisture content levels in soil and then trigger the irrigation water pumps to power on when the moisture level is below the set threshold and power off when the moisture level is at the required level. Thanks to this amazing young lady and her brilliant idea, this project was implemented by a team of students and teachers at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School.

The team began by building a prototype for the automatic irrigation system on a breadboard, which is a solderless device used for making a prototype with electronics and test circuit designs. Then they integrated the prototype with a powered water pump. They did their first testing of the prototype and the system worked well, and the pressure from the water pump was good enough to raise up the pop-up sprinklers. Since the prototype was a success, the next phase is to work on soldering the system on a stripboard, do additional sensor calibration, and add a knob so the user can change the moisture content levels required for all of the varying crops.

Wow, we can’t wait to see what they will think of next! Thank you for giving girls like Maritina amazing opportunities that they never dreamed were possible.

YOUR support changes lives and makes bright futures possible – knowledge is power!

Maritina discussing the prototype design
Maritina discussing the prototype design
Team working on the breadboard
Team working on the breadboard
Connecting the power supply to the water pump
Connecting the power supply to the water pump

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Maritina in a lab at the WiSci Camp
Maritina in a lab at the WiSci Camp

Over the summer we introduced you to a young lady named Maritina. She is a student from Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, who was chosen to represent Nyaka at the WiSci Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) camp in Malawi. Maritina was joined with other students from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. This was the 3rd STEAM Girls’ camp and it was organized by The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, Girl Up, and World Learning. 

The STEAM Camp offered the girls a new way through which to see the world and themselves, and opportunities to connect with other people and to build bridges across cultural, ethnic, and geographical divides. The girls gained new skills and perspectives in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Maritina said, “I really can’t wait to share the knowledge and skills that I acquired from the camp with my schoolmates and the community at large.” Attending the WiSci camp also gave Maritina the chance to explore career opportunities that she might not have considered before. The first lady of Malawi spoke to the girls and told them, “if our dreams do not scare us, we know that they are not enough.” Maritina will never forget these words or the amazing experience she had at the camp. 

YOUR love and support will help other girls, just like Maritina, reach goals that they never thought possible. Thank you!

Remember to support your girls on #GivingTuesday, November 28th!

Maritina getting on a plane for the first time
Maritina getting on a plane for the first time
Maritina at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School
Maritina at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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