Project #898

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Ali with an educator in Kenya
Ali with an educator in Kenya

In our field, we get to meet a lot of bright people. 

One of them is Alejandra L. Portillo Taylor, the Founder & Executive Director of The Spark Foundation. Alejandra's foundation supplies solar-powered lamps to educators in communities lacking electricity.  

The Spark Foundation was able to raise $2,500 which was used to purchase, ship, and deliver solar powered lanterns to our Nyaka and Kutamba primary schools! Awesome!

Ali is just one example of brilliant supporters and donors just like YOU, a valued and dynamic group of people pulled from all demographics! Though she is already the Founder & Executive Director of The Spark Foundation, Alejandra is currently enrolled at Kalamazoo College. She's got it all--brains, ambition and a big heart! 

"When Twesigye Jackson Kaguri came to Kalamazoo College and talked about his work in Uganda and his non-profit, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, I knew immediately that our organizations had the potential to collaborate in a meaningful and impactful way," she said. 

Alejandra and The Spark Foundation have helped to brighten up the future of our students by improving the lives of their teachers! 

And so have YOU! Every time YOU donate, YOU bring a shining smile to the faces of all our students, grannies and community members! 


P.S. Mark your calendars! Global Giving will have their first matching day of the year on March 13th! Give a gift on that day and will match your donation up to 30%! That's good news for everyone! 

Grannies check out their new solar powered lights
Grannies check out their new solar powered lights
Nyaka Primary School Teachers with New K-Lights!
Nyaka Primary School Teachers with New K-Lights!
Kutamba Primary School Teachers with New K-Lights!
Kutamba Primary School Teachers with New K-Lights!
Nyaka Granny with her new solar powered light.
Nyaka Granny with her new solar powered light.


Can you feel it?

There is a lot of love heading your way from happy classrooms in the hills of rural Uganda.

Enjoy this very special Valentine *VIDEO* starring the Nyaka students and grannies!

This Valentine's Day, your love is educating 641 students and supporting 7,000 grannies.

Spread the love and share this 2-minute video Valentine with someone you love right away!

Every smiling student is a reminder of the safe learning environment that YOU provide for them.




YOUR love inspires thousands of grandmothers to lift their hands and dance in YOUR honor.

From the beautiful fields of organic produce at Desire Farm to the computer labs at the Blue Lupin Community Library, YOUR love is transforming an entire community.

YOU are so loved.

We wish you the happiest of all Valentine's Days!

With lots of L-O-V-E,

Tashmica Torok

Development Associate


Happy New Year, Nyaka friends and family!

We hope you’re settling into 2013 with lots of joy and love. And we wanted to take a minute to thank YOU once again for all you did in 2012!

Last year was truly an amazing year of growth and development for the Nyaka students, grannies and community members. And it’s been a great pleasure to watch the lives of so many people move in a positive direction…all in thanks to YOU!

All of our success and triumphs we owe to YOU, our dedicated and loyal supporters.

You generously gave $84,026.55 to the children and grannies of Nyaka this holiday season.

You went above and beyond our goal of $55,000 by $31,725.35! WOW!!

YOU did it!

That's right, we've got a lot to celebrate in 2013, so let's get dancing!  Check out this short video created by our friends, Brenda and Toby--it's sure to get you moving! Click here to watch it now!

Every time YOU donate, YOU enhance the life of students in the Nyaka community, much like those seen in the video above.

THANK YOU for making 2012 wonderful for them all!

Now that the New Year’s celebrations have abated, we’d like to invite you to take a moment to walk with us and our  students throughout 2013.  We value YOUR support and would like to share this journey with YOU.

Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for our most recent updates! 

Or consider making a donation to Nyaka and help change the life of a student today!



Over the past six weeks, we've shared some of our most inspirational stories with you in our Story-A-Week storytelling series.

It has been a great honor for us to be able to tell you about all the wonderful things YOUR support has made possible for our community of students and grannies.

And we'd like to tell you one more time what a great year it's been for our Nyaka students-thanks to YOU!

YOU lifted Allan up!

YOU gave Bruno a supportive learning and living community!

And YOU made the very first Kutamba graduation possible!

YOUR support matters to the Nyaka grannies and students and we thank YOU. But we've still got $2,000 to raise before year end so we can continue the wonderful work we've all been a part of-enriching the lives of the Nyaka grannies and students.

YOU have made so much possible this year, and we know YOU can help us reach our year end goal!

Consider making a year-end donation for our Nyaka students today!


Our Graduating Class!
Our Graduating Class!

Season’s greetings, friends of Nyaka!

Last week was a very special time for our Nyaka and Kutamba Students, as well as our pioneer Secondary School students. We got to watch our Primary 7 and Secondary 4 students don their purple, green, and black caps and gowns for a graduation celebration!

That’s right—the students YOU’ve supported all along have just completed another year of school! This graduation is a truly monumental event in their lives, and it would not have been possible without YOU!

You have the opportunity today to re-invest in their lives in a deeply meaningful way.

From now until the end of the year, GlobalGiving is matching all recurring donations by 100%! And there’s still $22,000 available in matching funds! That's a lot to share!

Let's celebrate this opportunity and all we've accomplished together this year through a gift that will count twice as much!

You know what's even better? GlobalGiving is making it easy to give a gift in honor of your friends and family. It only takes a few seconds, and you can print off a holiday card with your donation here!

One of our Nyaka volunteers, Amber Davis Collins, made it to Uganda just in time for the ceremony! She made a lovely short video for all of our supporters--that's YOU! Click here to watch the video now.

YOU made all of this possible! And we feel so lucky to have your support.

Want to check out everything YOU helped make possible this year? Browse back through our blog to read up on  many of Nyaka's inspiring stories!

As always, we thank YOU and value YOUR support.

Please consider a recurring donation of $10 or more today.

Happy Holidays!


walking (and dancing!) to the ceremony
walking (and dancing!) to the ceremony
students during the celebrations
students during the celebrations
Jackson speaks to students in Uganda
Jackson speaks to students in Uganda

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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
2016 Year End Campaign
Time left to give
$267,578 raised of $300,000 goal
3,316 donations
$32,422 to go
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