Project #898

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Nyaka Anti AIDS Club members performing
Nyaka Anti AIDS Club members performing

YOUR students at Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools have become champions in the fight against HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda!  Both schools have student groups called the Anti AIDS Club, which work diligently to educate schools and communities about the disease.  The clubs sensitize students in schools, church congregations, as well as the whole community, about HIV/AIDS.  The students do community education and outreach through radio programs, concerts, and plays using songs, drama, poems and dance with HIV/AIDS messages.    

The Anti AIDS Clubs also create awareness about the plight of orphans, children’s rights, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention, disproving stigmas, hygiene, sanitation and other issues affecting the community.  As a result, the program staff and nurses who make home visits have begun to see positive and informed changes in behavior – especially in the homes of people who have seen or heard the Anti-AIDS Club perform. 

The Nyaka Primary School Anti AIDS Club was recently on a radio program on the Kanungu Broadcasting station which had about 20,000 people listening in.  The Nyaka club also had a live performance which reached about 800 people including students from two schools, teachers and community members.  Unfortunately, the Kutamba Anti AIDS Club has not carried out any activities lately because their van is in poor condition and can’t be driven very far, but they are still busy practicing. 

YOUR generous support has showed these children the importance of giving back through education.  Thank YOU for inspiring your students!

MORE BIG NEWS- August 2, 2016 marked the 15th anniversary of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.  

Thank YOU for making this milestone possible!  YOU have made Nyaka 15 years strong!

Nyaka Anti AIDS Club at the radio station
Nyaka Anti AIDS Club at the radio station


It’s extremely difficult to concentrate and be motivated when you don’t feel good.  Thanks to you, your students receive routine health care to stay healthy so they can do well in school!  There are two nurses and one part-time doctor at The Mummy Drayton School Clinic who provide services to the students at Nyaka Primary School and at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School.  There is also one nurse at Kutamba Primary School to care for the students there.  The most common illnesses that students are treated for are respiratory tract infections, common colds, gastrointestinal illnesses, and malaria.  Preventative care is also provided for the students such as HIV screenings, nutritional assessments, health education, and deworming.  The nurses also conduct at least four home visits every month to identify risks such as lack of mosquito nets and poor sanitation.

In June, your students received additional medical care from professional volunteers at the Mummy Drayton School Clinic.  There was a three day Dental Camp held at the clinic where students had thorough dental exams.  They received information about the importance of proper dental care and hygiene, and received treatment if needed.  An Eye Clinic Camp was also held for students to have their eyes examined.  Students with vision problems were fitted and given donated glasses.

Thank you for keeping your students healthy so they can succeed in school!  Want to do more to help your students break the cycle of poverty and grow up to be great leaders?  Donate now and change a child’s future.


Nyaka student playing with chicken on Desire farm
Nyaka student playing with chicken on Desire farm

YOU are changing your student’s futures by preventing hunger! 

Many children leave their home early in the morning to make the long walk to school without any breakfast at all.  They get to school and can’t concentrate, or sometimes even fall asleep during class, because they are hungry.  Thanks to you, your children are provided nutritious meals at school!  For some children, these are the only meals they have all day. 

You give them a breakfast of porridge and a snack AND provide them with lunch which differs daily and can include beans, peas, groundnuts, meat, posho, vegetables, rice, matooke (green bananas), sweet potatoes, and Irish potatoes.  Also, the meals at Nyaka Primary School include eggs from the Desire farm!  

Your student’s school performance is no longer affected by their hunger.  Their stomachs are full now and they can concentrate in class.  You are giving them the opportunity not only to be healthy and grow up strong, but the opportunity to excel in school and not be affected by hunger! 

Thank you for giving YOUR students healthy meals at school!  

Nyaka student at lunch
Nyaka student at lunch


Judith in her school uniform
Judith in her school uniform

You are opening doors for children like Judith! 

Judith is a 13-year-old primary 7 student at Nyaka Primary School. One of three children, she lives with her mother and younger sister in a four-room house with mud walls four kilometers away from school. Her mother works hard to support her two daughters, selling some of the meager crops she grows and working as a short-term laborer for other people in the community. All of her hard work earns enough money to buy some matooke or posho for supper. Judith helps out as best she can. She fetches water and firewood, and she looks after her younger sister. But because she lives far from school, she often leaves home very early in the morning and does not return until suppertime.

Even though she is not always home to help her mother, Judith’s family has been supportive of her education. When Judith was still a baby, her father passed away from an unknown illness. An elderly lady from the neighborhood, whom Judith called “Grandmother”, moved in with the family to help Judith’s mother care for Judith and her siblings. It is thanks to her grandmother that Judith became a Nyaka student. The grandmother saw how young Judith was struggling at home but knew that the family could never afford school fees for a decent school. So, she approached Nyaka, because she had heard that Nyaka students attend school for free. She petitioned for Judith to be admitted, and her petition was granted!

When Judith turned six, she started school at Nyaka and has never looked back. She says she is proud to go to a school with such a good reputation and loves that she can rely on her school for support. She gets both breakfast and lunch each day as well as school supplies. Her favorite subjects are English and science, and someday she hopes to be a doctor in Canada or the United States, “because there, I will be able to make a lot of money which I can use to help other children get the kind of education I am getting.”

With your help, Judith will be able to achieve her dream and give back to her community.

Next year, Judith will go to Nyaka Vocational and Secondary School to begin her secondary education. She is excited for this new chapter in her life and plans to study hard this year to make sure she passes her exams!

We know Judith and her classmates will do great things because you have empowered them to succeed!

Thank you!


Steven at his graduation
Steven at his graduation

You have made a huge impact for students like Steven!

You sent him to school. You put a pencil in his hand. And you gave him the opportunity to discover what he wanted to be. 

This month Steven graduated from his vocational program in construction! 

It is so fitting that he will be a builder because, thanks to you, he is part of the generation of youth who will build up their community.

It was amazing builders like Steven who made your biology and computer labs at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School a reality. Now your students who want to pursue science, engineering, technology, and math have the tools they need to succeed! Your biology lab is like no other lab in the entire region. Your computer lab will give your students access to the world!

Building up a community starts will building up its youth. Your students have big challenges to face as they work to change their community. They have to overcome poverty, lack of resources, and corruption. Gratefully, you are preparing them to overcome these obstacles. You are shaping and empowering them to be the leaders who will come up with creative solutions. It will not be an easy road towards change but your students are ready to do it.

Because of you, Steven and all of your students will be builders. 

Thank you!

Biology Lab
Biology Lab
Computer Lab
Computer Lab



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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$262,178 raised of $300,000 goal
3,266 donations
$37,822 to go
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