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Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Nyaka Student Fetching Clean Water
Nyaka Student Fetching Clean Water

Dear Nyaka Family,

Thanks to your ongoing support, we have so much to celebrate!  Over the last 10 years, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project has seen incredible growth and change. This growth and change can also be seen in all of our students, their Grandmothers and our surrounding communities. Please join me as Nyaka kicks-off a year's worth of our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration by sharing with you what I consider to be some of the 10 most important things we, as a family, have accomplished in our 10 short years.

As we celebrate the joyous past of growth and giving, we are also soaring into the future - with many plans to make our programs even better over the next decade.  We are counting on you stay with us and invite others to join us on this journey.

10 Reasons to celebrate being a part of Nyaka: 

1.  We welcomed the first class of 56 students through the doors of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans School in January of 2003. Today we have 547 students in two primary schools and several graduates in two secondary schools.

2.  We launched the Nutrition Program, a new program that set Nyaka on a track of becoming a holistic program, the only one of its kind in Western Uganda.

3.  We established Desire Farm, a full-fledged farm that provides two meals a day for all our children and jobs for the community.

4.  We successfully graduated 76 students.  That's every single student for the last 3 years.

5.  We built Kutamba, our second primary school using the same Nyaka model, to expand our reach in a different village.

6.  We launched a clean water system for the entire community that provides clean water for more than 25,000 people.

7.  We started the Grandmothers Program in support of their economic empowerment. It began with one group and has flourished to 91 groups with over 7,000 Grandmothers.

8.  We opened The Blue Lupin Library, the first community library in Western Uganda.

9.  We published The Price of Stones, the story of Nyaka, which is now being told around the globe.

10.  We broke ground for a new medical clinic which will serve the health and wellness needs of the entire community.

These things would not have been possible without your support.  Please stay tuned for more 10 Year Anniversary news and events throughout 2011, including features on our students and Grandmothers. The best is yet to come!

With my deepest gratitude,

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri,
Founder and Executive Director
P.S. – Please go to our brand new website to learn more about the programs
we offer our children and their Grandmothers – thanks to you! 


Nyaka Graduating Class of 2010
Nyaka Graduating Class of 2010

Happy New Year!

We have just received wonderful news from Nyaka School in Nyakagyezi, Uganda.  On December 28, 2010 we celebrated the graduation of our fourth class.  We are happy to announce that all 29 of our students passed their final exams. 19 passed with an A+, 9 with an A and 1 with a C.  We are so proud of our students!

We select the children who attend Nyaka and Kutamba schools based on orphan status and poverty level.  The challenges they face on a daily basis would be difficult for most adults.  Since the opening of our first school we have attempted to make an education more attainable for every child in southwestern Uganda.  We currently provide free education for 547 students.  79 of which will be attending secondary school in 2011 but there are thousands nleft behind.

We promise to fund each child we enroll through their secondary education.  At $500 per student we will need $39,500 for this year's class.  Since our time with Global Giving began our donors have contributed nearly $90,000! We know that our goal is possible.  Visit our project page and make a donation today!

Our school is tuition free for all who attend.  We provide healthy meals to our students and opportunities to participate in community gardens at Desire Farms for their grandmothers.  We have given the surrounding community access to clean water, the Blue Lupin Community Library and soon a new clinic will be built to serve the 250,000 members of the community. 

Click here to read our latest project report about the library.

Every initiative developed by the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is done with the intention of ensuring that our students are provided with the best education. The library will ensure that our students, staff and the community as a whole will have access to up to date information. We have  already started sending our school nurses out to the homes of our students so that no child has to miss school to care for an elder.

Our plan is working! Our children are thriving!  They are surpassing expectations and meeting every challenge.  We could not have done it without the love and support of every one of our donors! We know that you agree that our children are orphaned but they are not broken. The future is bright for every one of our students and they are working hard to create a future free from poverty for themselves, their family and their communities. Thank you for your continued commitment to our vision.

We cannot wait to celebrate more milestones with you in 2011!


For the first time in history, the communities we serve in rural southwestern Uganda have access to a full service library!  We are excited to report to you, our supporters, all of the benefits that they will receive from the Blue Lupin Community Library.  Education is a priority to the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School as a means to combat poverty.  A vital part of a quality education is literacy and access to current information.  Your donations have played an active role in providing this gift to all of those touched by our organization. 

We thank you all!

We are also grateful to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for making this initiative a reality!

Take a moment to read our 2010 Blue Lupin Community Library Report for the full story...



Dear Friends,

It has been a busy 5 months since I started working full-time for Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. In addition to raising money for our students, I have been traveling around the country promoting my book “The Price of Stones” which outlines how the Nyaka dream became a reality over 9 years ago. I’ve so enjoyed meeting with you - our donors, friends, and well wishers. I’m excited to report that our children, schools, and hard work in Uganda has been featured in Time Magazine, on NPR, and more than 20 newspapers around the United States. Please visit our new website for more information.

To read more exciting news about the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, click on "Learning to Fly" our Winter 2010 Newsletter!



Brian Banks is a student who is traveling throughout Africa this summer and visiting a number of GlobalGiving projects. On May 19th he visited "Provide education to AIDS orphans in rural Uganda." When asked what he would tell his friends about this project, Brian said: “Incredible: You need to see this!"

While talking to a couple students about their experiences at Nyaka AIDS Orphans School, we were inspired by their impressive intellect, self confidence, and curiosity which exemplified the importance of this school in their lives. Christine, now in grade 7, lost both parents when she was two months old. Since, Christine has lived with her grandmother. She told us that if it weren’t for Nyaka School, which provides free tuition, uniforms, scholastic materials, and medical treatment (for family members too!), she would not be attending school. Christine is now a leader at her school, as health prefect, she teaches her classmates about proper hygiene. Another student we met, Emmanuel, had a similar story. Today, he is on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor.

Nyaka School serves 214 orphans. Not only does the school offer a superior standard of education (3rd of 143 schools in the area), but it provides students with a happy escape from their usual hardships. We heard, on many occasions, that students would prefer to be at school (learning or playing) than at home. In one of the school’s initiatives, the Anti-AIDS club, students use drama and song to personally evaluate their situation and teach the community about the consequences of AIDS.

Recently, Nyaka School, with the help of GlobalGiving funds, constructed a building which houses the kitchen and dining hall, making it possible to provide two nutritious meals per day to students. The building also contains a clinic, which not only serves the students, but their guardians as well, free of charge. Finally, the building includes a space where students can perform. Here, the Anti-AIDS club performed a play for us early in the day about the struggles of AIDS orphans.

Nyaka School has begun to work with the guardians (usually grandmothers) of their students. The “grannies” program works with 6,000 guardians in the area, providing agriculture, animal husbandry, and income generating tools and training. With the skills they learn, grannies are able to better care for the orphans they are raising. Throughout the day we visited numerous grannies who recently began to keep animals (goats, pigs, etc.), farm, and even make baskets to sell. One granny, Matilda, told us that she was struggling to feed the children and the much needed income has helped her provide for the orphans. Keep an eye out for the Nyaka Foundation’s grannies program which is soon to be posted on GlobalGiving!

While visiting another grandmother, caring for four orphans, we were reminded of Nyaka School’s uniqueness. When we asked the children their names, only one answered right away. He was a student from Nyaka, and he had understood our English. He quickly translated for his same aged siblings who attend the local public school. Hopefully, with continued funding, Nyaka will be able to serve all the orphans in the area.

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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
$261,968 raised of $300,000 goal
3,258 donations
$38,032 to go
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