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by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda
Beautiful morning at Nyaka Primary School
Beautiful morning at Nyaka Primary School

Thank YOU for making 2017 an amazing year. Your love and support changed many lives

YOU sent 754 children to school! 

YOU built 17 homes, 25 kitchens, and 25 latrines for grandmothers, while also providing over 7,000 grandmothers with trainings, counseling, and microfinance loans! 

YOU have continued to provide the Nyaka community with access to clean water and libraries! 

The 2018 school year has just begun and your students are excited for the year ahead! 

Sixty new nursery students have begun their academic path, 30 at Nyaka Primary School and 30 at Kutamba Primary School. They loved their first day of school and are appreciative of the opportunity you are providing them. The children were also overjoyed to receive their new uniforms, shoes, and school supplies! 

The 54 students who graduated from Primary 7 were eager to start the new school year because they have now joined secondary school at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School. They are a great group of kids who did very well on their PLE exams, which is the national exam all Primary 7 students are required to take before entering secondary school. Out of the 628,606 pupils who turned up for the exams nationwide, 571,252 (90.9%) passed the exam. Nyaka Primary School emerged 3rd out of 10 schools in Kambuga Subcounty and students at Kutamba Primary School scored 3rd out of 52 schools in the Nyakishenyi Subcounty. These are impressive results and we are very proud of them. It’s YOUR love and support that gives these children the chance to grow up, be successful, and break the cycle of poverty! 

Thank you for your continued generosity! The best is yet to come!

New nursery students at Nyaka Primary School
New nursery students at Nyaka Primary School
New nursery students at Kutamba Primary School
New nursery students at Kutamba Primary School
NVSS students on their 1st day of school
NVSS students on their 1st day of school

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Peace, Ritah, and Bruno
Peace, Ritah, and Bruno

Have you ever been woken up by a bad dream?

You realize there is nothing to worry about, it was just a dream. You’re safe, warm, and comfortable in your home with your family sound asleep in the next room. You peacefully fall back asleep for the night. It was just a bad dream. It wasn’t real. 

Many are not as fortunate as you and I. Young children, like Bruno, have had to actually live their worst dream because HIV/AIDS robbed them of their families. Bruno describes his loss,

I was only eight years when my dad passed away from AIDS and left my mum to take care of me and my elder brothers. I remember, it was a Saturday morning when one of our neighbors came to our home and informed my mum about the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School. My mum didn’t hesitate. She took me to the school on registration day and I was admitted as one of the pioneer pupils in 2003.

Unfortunately, my mum also passed away after two years, leaving me with my two elder brothers to take care of ourselves. This forced my brothers to drop out of school and start wandering in the village looking for anything the family could feed on. They reached a point where they could not manage to come back home on a daily basis. Most of the time they could only visit our home once a week leaving me all alone. 

Sleeping through the night was a struggle for Bruno. He would often wake up from a bad dream feeling scared and alone. When he couldn’t sleep, Bruno would recite his homework in his head.

Homework got Bruno through those tough, lonely, nights by distracting him from his fears. School was a blessing for him. Generous donations, like yours, not only gave Bruno an education, but also restored his belief that the bad dreams would one day stop.

Today, Bruno has graduated with a professional Accounting certificate and recently started his first full-time job with Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project as the Assistant Education Coordinator. He is helping other children that face the same hardship as he did. Bruno says, “In just a tickle of an eye, a once miserable boy is now filled with happiness, joy, and sunshine.”

Ritah is one of the many children that Bruno mentors. She is ten years old in P.4 (similar to 4th grade) at Nyaka Primary School. Bruno’s success has proven to her that school will make a real difference in her life. She has been studying hard and wants to be a nurse one day because she sees all of the good work that the nurses at the Mummy Drayton Clinic do when taking care of her sick mother. Your support will keep Ritah in school so she can become a nurse.

Bruno strives to be the same kind of role model for Ritah that Peace, a grandmother who lived near Bruno when he was a boy, was for him. Peace would keep an eye on Bruno and encourage him anyway she could. She didn’t have anything to give to support him financially, but her spiritual and emotional support has had a great impact on his life. Peace is still a mentor to Bruno and is incredibly proud of the young man he has become. Grandmothers are the cornerstones that ensure your children are cared for and loved.

Every day, your children and grandmothers are one step closer to rising above poverty and improving their lives because of YOU. Thank you for all of your love and support. Continue changing lives by making a gift today.

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Children at Kutamba Primary School enjoying lunch
Children at Kutamba Primary School enjoying lunch

Hunger is a global issue. According to the United Nations, 1 in every 9 people go to bed hungry. Your support for Nyaka ensures that the children who attend Nyaka schools are do not fall into this statistic. In 2006, Nyaka began a Nutrition Program to provide meals to keep students healthy and alert. Teachers had noticed that students were falling asleep in class and performing poorly. This was due from being sent to school on an empty stomach. Most of the children left their homes early in the morning without breakfast and in most cases did not get anything to eat when they got back home in the evening.

Now, Nyaka students are provided with nutritious meals. Proper nutrition is essential in order to concentrate and learn. Breakfast consists of porridge and a snack, and lunch can include beans, peas, groundnuts, meat, posho, vegetables, rice, matooke (green bananas), sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, fresh milk, and eggs. Since the program began, the health of the children has improved. Malnutrition and stunting, which are common problems in the community (and Uganda in general), have been decreasing.

World Food Day is October 16th. It’s a day to promote awareness for those people who are suffering from hunger around the world. YOUR support has helped hundreds of children in Uganda fight hunger, thank you!

Porridge and a snack for breakfast
Porridge and a snack for breakfast
Lunch is served!
Lunch is served!

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Winter is studying Civil Engineering
Winter is studying Civil Engineering

Please meet Winter who is an amazing young lady in her first year of college.  She is studying Civil Engineering at Uganda Technical College.  Winter is enjoying her classes and especially likes the practical site work she gets to participate in such as laying form work, beam filling, and erecting scaffolds to construct eave walls.  Last semester she excelled in her courses and earned a grade point average of 3.89.  She says, “I take this opportunity to thank my sponsors for this great pleasure and support to me.  May God bless you.  Oh, what a wonderful semester it was!”  This semester should be even more exciting for Winter because she has begun training at JOAP Construction Limited in Mbarara Municipality for twelve weeks. 

Between semester breaks, Winter and other students took part in the Girl Child Education Celebration Ceremonies where they encouraged parents, with girls, to take their children for engineering courses.  Typically, parents have always discouraged girls to study engineering because it’s a male dominated field.  They better watch out for Winter because she is paving the way for female civil engineers in Uganda!

Winter will be an amazing engineer when she graduates.  Thanks to YOUR support, she was able get an education that made it possible for her to attend college.  She has already stepped into the role of being an inspiration for other young girls who are also interested in careers that aren’t usually pursued by women.  Thank you for supporting the children at Nyaka and giving girls like Winter a chance to be whatever they want to be when they grow up. 

YOU make anything possible for these children!

Winter as a practical work site
Winter as a practical work site

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Kutamba Primary School students on DEAR Day
Kutamba Primary School students on DEAR Day

Your students have settled in nicely at school and are excited to be learning!  They have been studying hard this first term so they can start the year strong with good grades.  They have also been busy outside of the classroom as well.  On March 15th all 765 students participated in DEAR Day (Drop Everything and Read).  This is a national holiday in Uganda to encourage people in schools, organizations, and in the community to put down what they’re doing and read.  Thanks to your support, there were enough books for all of your students to participate in DEAR Day!

The students recently got to enjoy a film as well.  They watched Cornerstone for their first time.  Cornerstone is a documentary about Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and how it was inspired and created.  It was shown at all three schools and students loved it!  They were excited to see a film about them, their schools, and their grandmothers.  It was unlike anything they had ever seen.  Another special treat that the students recently had was a visit from the CEO and Founder of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Jackson Kaguri.  He spent the day visiting the children and even taught in the nursery class at Nyaka Primary School about the various species of leaves and other local plants. 

Your students are grateful for the opportunity you have given them to go to school.  Thank you for all of your love and support!

Rabecca holding up the film poster she
Rabecca holding up the film poster she's in
Jackson Kaguri, CEO & Founder, teaching
Jackson Kaguri, CEO & Founder, teaching
Students watching Cornerstone the film
Students watching Cornerstone the film

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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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