Project #898

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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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



We have BIG news!


As our students' and grandmothers' most important partner, we want YOU to be the first to know that YOU have made something really special and important happen for them.


Thanks to YOU and YOUR unwavering support...


Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Founder & Executive Director of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, has been selected a CNN Hero!


Click here to WATCH the powerful feature NOW!

This is life-changing for the 584 students and 6,500 grandmothers and 34,525 grandchildren they are raising through your support.

Millions of viewers around the world will see this feature and learn about our  true heroes - our students and grannies!

What's next? 
A distinguished panel will select the final top 10 CNN Heroes for 2012 in early fall.  After that, viewers like you will vote for the number one 2012 CNN Hero of the year. 

What can you do now?
Watch the feature.  Organize a viewing party in your home or office.  Then take action by sharing the video with your friends, co-workers, fellow Rotarians and service club colleagues, religious community, Facebook friends, and other people and businesses in your life.


Commit to sending it right now with a message that says

  1. Take the time to watch this clip about my friend Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a special CNN Hero.
  2. Get connected with him socially via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  3. Sign-up for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project newsletter 

Finally, we've enclosed a copy of our Annual Report. You are very busy changing the world, so it's only 4 pages this year. We've also updated the website with new stories and pictures, so head on over for more information about what you've accomplished this year!

Thanks to you, the best is yet to come! 


Janis Simon & The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Board of Directors 

PS - Thanks to your generosity and your commitment to change, on BONUS Day you raised a combined total of $3,210 for the students you love the best -- that's enough to support 13 more primary students or 7 secondary students for a full year! 


Wednesday, June 13th is BONUS DAY!

Every donation made on June 13th, will be matched at 50% up to $1,000 or until all matching funds run out.

There are $75,000 in matching funds available!

You are the reason we were selected to be apart of the Girl Effect and we are counting on you to help us take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity by sharing and giving big!

Meet the lovely Tauba.

She is one of 30 children enrolled in the primary one class at the Nyaka Primary School. At home, she helps her family collect firewood. When she's at school, she likes playing with her friends and learning science. Her goal this year is to pass her exams.

For $21 a month, a special donor like you has made that goal more attainable than ever for 90 students just like Tauba.  We are at 15% of our ultimate goal - to have every one of our 584 students sponsored.

Now, we have a chance to increase the impact of your amazing support!

On any other day, committing to the monthly gift of $21 a month on Global Giving provides one primary student like Tauba with a uniform, meals, medicine, and supplies for one school year.  For $42 a month you can provide the same support to one secondary student.

A one time donation of $250 or $500 gives one primary or secondary student one full year of poverty ending education.

On June 13th, your contribution will support a student... and go one step further.

You can put on your cape, swoop in and combat poverty in three simple ways, right now.

  1. Commit to a monthly donation to support a student like Tauba today!
  2. Share this email and become our student's biggest advocates.
  3. "LIKE" our Facebook page and become a part of our online community.

If we have the most first time donors, we will receive an additional $1,000.  If we raise the most money, we will receive an additional $1,000 on top of that!

Every child needs a hero.  Why shouldn't it be you?

Visit our project page or website for more information as to how you can make a difference today.



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Organization Information

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$261,733 raised of $300,000 goal
3,253 donations
$38,267 to go
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