Project #898

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
a happy Nyaka student
a happy Nyaka student

The holidays are finally here!

And in honor of this Thanksgiving, the Nyaka team is celebrating by giving thanks to YOU.

We’ve had an amazing year, and it would not have been possible without all of your generous support.

Through your help, we’ve been able to serve thousands of grannies by providing vocational training, and improving their standard of living with smokeless kitchens and sanitary latrines.

Through your help, we’ve been able to provided hundreds of students with free, quality education in facilities conducive to fun learning opportunities.

And through ­your help, our Executive Director and Founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, was named a CNN Hero! Wow!

It’s been an incredible year, and we wouldn’t have done it without YOU!

But that’s not all…

Now you can watch and see what your support has helped us do in Uganda!

Meet Brenda Phillips, a talented documentary filmmaker and Nyaka volunteer, who traveled to Uganda in March 2012. While at Nyaka, she broke ground on a documentary capturing the stories of the grannies and students of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.

We want to invite you to take a few minutes to see what Brenda’s been up to. Click here to experience her beautiful footage, and see for yourself the changes being made in Nyaka through YOUR support.


Want to see your support go even farther? Then get ready for #GivingTuesday!

GlobalGiving has partnered with Microsoft to celebrate #GivingTuesday for a full day of matching donations! On Tuesday November 27th, for every dollar a donor gives to a micro-project on, Microsoft will donate another dollar. For example, a $100 donation becomes a $200 donation. There are $100,000 in matching funds available.

Check out our Facebook and follow our Twitter while we encourage everyone to take part in #GivingTuesday!


Lunchtime at Kutamba
Lunchtime at Kutamba


You are a gift to the children of Nyaka and Kutamba.

You believe that every child has the right to a quality education.

You don't just believe, you act. 

Thank you so very much!

You have gone out of your way to provide 584 students with a FREE quality education.

On October 17th, starting at midnight, you can do 30% more with your generosity.

But first, your project report!

If you were to walk through the doorway of the P.4 class at Kutamba Primary School every student would shoot up from their desk and welcome you with a smile.

Watch a thirty second video of their welcome by clicking here.

"You are welcome, our visitors."

They would declare,

"Discipline first. Academics second."

They would answer the question,


with a hearty, "No!"

Your students come to school every day because you keep the doors open, the meals coming and the water clean.  You believe in them and therefore, they believe in themselves because you have made them a priority year after year.

Are you curious about what the students have been studying? Click here to take a peek into the classroom by reading progress reports from the teachers. You are making sure that these students have these incredible opportunities.

Next year, as sixty students move up to secondary school, we will accept sixty more students into preschool!

So today, celebrate your personal fight against poverty by doing three things.

  1. Give yourself a pat on the back.  You deserve it.
  2. Sign up to give $10 monthly - enough to provide one student with the school supplies they need.
  3. Invite 30 friends to join you by sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Blog about it, why don't cha?

Your actions today will continue your legacy of generosity in the lives of these future leaders.


CNN box
CNN box

We have an exciting announcement for you!

Thanks to loyal supporters like you, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Executive Director and Founder Twesigye Jackson Kaguri has been selected a 2012 CNN Hero. We need your help!

There are a total of 24 CNN Heroes this year and coming up this Thursday at Noon ET the Top Ten Heroes for 2012 will be announced!

Please visit the CNN Facebook page and tell them loud and proud that you want Twesigye Jackson Kaguri in the Top Ten!  Please comment and share on this website why you think Jackson should be chosen!

The stakes are really high for the children and grannies of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Each Top Ten Hero receives $50,000 for their charity. If by the end of the voting period, which officially begins Thursday, Jackson is voted as the #1 Top CNN Hero for 2012, he gains an additional $250,000 for this critical work that means so much to you!

What you can do right now!

1. Visit the CNN Facebook page and let CNN know that you want Twesigye Jackson Kaguri on the Top Ten list.

2. Share the link with your friends and ask them to do the same.

Thank you for your love, care, and commitment, to our students and grannies.  We are so grateful for you carving time out to help out this week!


Janati - YOU can be her HERO - vote today!
Janati - YOU can be her HERO - vote today!

Please remember to vote for sweet Janati...we're currently in 7th place and need your help to win $1,000!

More Breaking News!

You may recall that The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Founder and Executive Director
Twesigye Jackson

Kaguri was recently selected a 2012 CNN Hero.*

In addition to the original feature, CNN also filmed Jackson encouraging students to dream big and to aspire to do
good in this world.

You can watch this two-minute film by clicking here.

On Thursday, September 20th, CNN will announce this year's TOP 10 CNN Heroes, at which time
online voting begins for "Hero of the Year."

The Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive $50,000, and the CNN Hero of the Year will
receive $250,000
!  We know that we can count on you to promote and vote if Jackson makes it into
the TOP 10...and we promise you will be the first to know when it happens!

Winning this award would mean the world to the students and grannies you have come to love.

Thank you so much for your unwavering support. Please remember to take the time to vote for
Janati's photo before August 15th!

Extra-credit if you ask your friends too also. :)

You are simply the best!

Your Hero!
Your Hero!


We are happy to announce that the photo you see above has been selected to participate in Global Giving's Photo Contest!

The photograph with the highest number of "likes" will win a day long feature on Global Giving's homepage and a $1,000 bonus. This is huge, and we need YOUR help to make this happen!

Steps you can take NOW to help:
LIKE our Facebook page to get updates about the contest and other news 
* VOTE for our photo between August 1-15*
SHARE this information with your family and friends, and encourage them to participate

“Nyaka proves that change can happen, not only in cities, but also in the most rural parts of Uganda,” ~Thorbjoern Chakravary, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project International Volunteer

Thorbjoern Chakravary visited Nyaka in April 2012 as a volunteer. There, he used his skills as a photographer to help you see what life at Nyaka & Kutamba Primary Schools is like for our students. He also had the opportunity to meet with some of our grannies. He documented their resilience, the determination of our students, and how the work you have done has benefited them.  Earlier this month, we submitted three of his beautiful photographs to Global Giving's Photo Contest.

Thank you, Thorbjoern, for lending us your considerable photography talent and for continuing to advocate for our students and grannies! 

 We look forward to seeing YOUR support in hundreds of likes!

This will be great practice for the upcoming Girl Effect Challenge in October.  If your star students are selected to participate this year, they will need you to be their champions again.  You helped them win last year and we believe nothing can stop us with you in our corner.

Keep doing what you do best: loving and supporting our students and grannies. Thank you for all that you do for them!

PS - If you are interested in volunteering with The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, please visit our website for more information.

*Voting starts at noon EST on August 1st and ends at noon EST on August 15th.

Thorbjoern Chakravarty
Thorbjoern Chakravarty



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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
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$267,578 raised of $300,000 goal
3,316 donations
$32,422 to go
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