Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
Miria, Rinah, and Nauma in Tailoring class
Miria, Rinah, and Nauma in Tailoring class

One of the biggest successes at Nyaka is the chance to defy gender stereotypes that can limit opportunities for your girls. You are teaching your students they can study whatever they want.

Your Girls are Tailoring Their Futures

You’re empowering Miria, Rinah, and Nauma to follow their passion to study tailoring. Even though it’s traditionally a male-dominated field, your girls had the confidence to go after what they wanted, because you remind them every day that they are valued and supported. Naume knows exactly what she wants to do with her degree. She wrote “in the future, I would like to became a business lady dealing in garments. So I will work hard so that I can pass with flying colors.”

Flavia the Engineer

Because of you, girls like Flavia are defying expectations and studying engineering. She says “I took up this course to become a great and trustworthy engineer in a field that is run by men. I see my dreams coming true in the near future.”

Maritina is Building STEAM

You are nurturing amazing potential in your girls in science. You sent your student, Maritina, to a STEAM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) for girls in Malawi. Afterwards, Maritina won a grant through the camp for her idea to create an intelligent automatic irrigation system. The system monitors the moisture content in soil and then triggers the irrigation water pumps to power on or off depending on the moisture levels. This saves precious water, which is important in a community that has suffered through years of drought. Her idea is already working at NVSS, showing the whole community what girls can do.

You are raising girls in Uganda who will be confident leaders and innovators. Someday, they will create the solutions that will change Uganda and the world.

Thank you for believing in your girls!

Flavia the Engineer
Flavia the Engineer
Maritina conducting an experiment
Maritina conducting an experiment

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Greetings from Uganda! The rains are here which is great for the gardens and farms in the area. Although the roads are beginning to get washed out by the heavy rains and making travel a little more challenging, everyone is doing great!

It’s been a busy 2018 school year and your students are working hard every day to make you proud. Thank you for your love and support to make their educations possible!

Sarah is one of the many students 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 begin a career.

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

Your donations change children’s lives!

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

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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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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.nyakaschool.org/​
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Twitter: @NyakaProject
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$299,072 raised of $400,000 goal
 
3,705 donations
$100,928 to go
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