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!
Sarah in the library at school
Sarah in the library at school

It takes a lot of hard work and determination to make it through law school, which is why we are so proud of Sarah. She is beginning her third year of law school at Uganda Christian University and doing very well. Unfortunately, many of her peers have dropped out of the law program because they couldn’t manage the discipline and work required. Some of them also dropped out because they could not afford the tuition. Sarah attributes her success to the support she gets from YOU! She said, “Thank you very much, my sponsors, for the gift of education that you have blessed me with. You have surely saved me from begging on the streets of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. You are empowering me to stand against the violation of human rights, you have given me the insight to work for a better future and I promise to work tooth and nail to ensure that your efforts are not wasted.”

Outside of the classroom, Sarah has been volunteering in the research section at the Court of Appeals. This is the second-highest court in the hierarchy of courts in Uganda (the Supreme Court being the highest). She has also been busy volunteering and attending trainings. Recently, Sarah attended a training where she learned about alternative dispute resolution, which is a method used during arbitration. She wouldn’t have these amazing opportunities if it wasn’t for YOUR love and support.

Thank you for making it possible for Sarah to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer!

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Maritina on the left and Shallon on the right
Maritina on the left and Shallon on the right

Two Nyaka students are among the 100 girls selected to participate in the Girls’ STEAM Camp in Malawi this summer!  Maritina is from Nyaka Vocational Secondary School and Shallon is from Grace High School.  They were selected from a highly competitive application process.  This is the third annual Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp (STEAM= Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics).  WiSci Malawi will bring together 100 high school girls from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and the United States, to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, empower them to develop their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks that will propel them to new opportunities in STEAM fields.

The theme of WiSci 2017 is using technology to create a safer, more secure world, with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.  Maritina and Shallon are among the six students from Uganda who will represent Nyaka, and the nation at large, on this platform scheduled to take place on  July 29th - August 15th in Malawi at The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).  Instructors and trainers from private sector partners including Google, Intel, NASA, and ASM will lead classes introducing students to topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Thank YOU for supporting Maritina, Shallon, and all of the girls at Nyaka.  YOU provide them with opportunities that they never dreamed possible!

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Primah
Primah

The 2017 school year began on February 6th and the students have been working hard to make this a great year.  There are 765 total students this year from nursery through university!  Of these, 53% of the students are girls! Yes, that means over half of the student body at Nyaka are female.  Thank you for giving these girls the opportunity to go to school and giving them hope for bright and successful futures.  We also welcomed 28 new girls in the nursery classes this year in Nyaka Primary School and Kutamba Primary School.  These young girls are smart, tough, and ready to take on their futures.

Could you imagine if girls with this much potential weren’t able to go to school?  For instance, Primah is an amazing and smart young lady.  She is 14 years old and in her second year at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS).  Primah is very thankful for the opportunity she has to be in school.  She is Treasurer of the Scripture Club and enjoys reading.  Her favorite subject in school in Physics because she enjoys working on calculations.  Primah wouldn’t be in school at all if it wasn’t for the support she receives from you.  

Thank you for giving these girls the chance to end the cycle of poverty they were born into and for helping to close the gender disparity gap in Uganda!

Girls from Kutamba nursery class
Girls from Kutamba nursery class

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Flavia at NVSS
Flavia at NVSS

Flavia is a 16 year old girl at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS).  She just completed her 2nd year of vocational training and is an inspiration for girls everywhere.  Instead of choosing a traditionally female vocation course, like tailoring, Flavia wants to become a building engineer when she graduates.  Thank you for giving her the opportunity to enter a field that has always been ran by men.

Life has been difficult for Flavia and her family, so she is determined to change her future for the better.  She was only a year old when her father passed away.  Her mother was left to raise her and her four siblings.  This single-mother family was very poor.  Sometimes Flavia’s mother would work on plantations to make a little money for the family.  However, this was hard on the mother and most of the time she couldn’t even meet basic needs for her children.

Flavia’s life changed when she became a nursery student at Kutamba Primary School.  She writes,

My relief came from Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project through the construction of Kutamba Primary School.  I was admitted to the school in 2007 upon its opening and was able to study from there up to 2014 when I completed Primary 7.  The next year I joined the wonderful Nyaka Vocational Secondary School.  I enrolled in the newly established vocational class opted for Building and Concrete Practice, a course most people consider to be for males. 

I am determined to become a great engineer and inspire other ladies into the same profession.  Being strong and hardworking, I took up this course to become a great and trustworthy engineer in a field that is male dominated.  I see my dreams coming true in the near future.

Flavia will be an amazing engineer when she is finished with school.  She will be a role for other young girls who are also interested in careers that aren’t usually pursued by women.  You have given her the confidence and courage she needs to pursue her dream and become a successful, professional woman.  Thank you for giving Flavia the chance to break the cycle of poverty that she was raised in.  

Learning to build walls in class
Learning to build walls in class
Building and Concrete class
Building and Concrete class

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Clare is in Primary 4 at Nyaka Primary School
Clare is in Primary 4 at Nyaka Primary School

YOU have changed Clare’s life.

Clare lost both of her parents in 2008 when she was just four years old.  She began living with her grandparents but was commonly sick because the family couldn’t afford health care or proper nutrition.  Her future was grim until she was given the opportunity to go to school. 

Today Clare is 12 years old and a Primary 4 student at Nyaka Primary School.  She still lives with her grandparents, brother and sister.  She enjoys math and learning the computer.  One day she hopes to visit the U.S. and be a teacher.  Claire said, “My life was not complete until I joined Nyaka.  Life became smooth since I get medication and other assistance.  I use to fall sick every now and then but now I spend the whole school term without any health problems.  Gone are the days when I lived a sorrowful life.  I thank Nyaka, and all those who give support to Nyaka, for being kind”.  Clare is a very happy and healthy girl now.  She has been given a chance to hope and dream, which can be rare for an orphaned girl in Uganda. 

Help other girls like Clare go to school by donating today!  Thank you!

Family drawing by Clare
Family drawing by Clare

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