Project #898

Provide Education to AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Our comprehensive Annual Report and 990 for 2009 are published. There is a wealth of information in this year's report on each of our programs, the progress we have made, and where we plan to go from here. Skip to the program which your heart is most particularly drawn to. Read over our financial information. Jot down questions you may have and send them to us. You will find this report engaging and rewarding!

We would like to thank you for the incredible amount of support which you have given us. Please know that as you read about how we have changed thousands of lives in 2009 that we will change thousands more in 2010 and 2011 and our work is not possible without your support.

Please feel free to email us at if you have any further inquiries regarding the information in the 2009 Annual Report and 990.

Sincerely, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project


Nyaka & The Price of Stones featured in USAToday
Nyaka & The Price of Stones featured in USAToday

Dear Friends,

We have recently been published in TIME Magazine, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio (NPR). News about the work we do, the children, grandmothers, and communities we serve, and how successful our holistic community development model is in Uganda is rapidly spreading across the world. We would like to share all of this exciting news with you. Below are links to our major publishings.

Jackson Kaguri has been travelling all across the United States and the UK with Penguin/Viking Publishers promoting The Price of Stones. At each stop in the book tour Jackson will spend the evening speaking to compassionate folks whose paths have all led them to that place. As Jackson tells the story of his childhood and adolescence, anecdotes about his village, and about the inception of the Nyaka School- the first school in South Western Uganda for orphaned children specifically targeted for their inability to afford an education- many people are moved to tears. Two or three individuals may feel compelled to share their own journey which has led them to serving underserved communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. Others have shared their inexplicable joy at finally finding the community development model that works and that calls to their hearts- The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. This is a testimony given by an individual after reading The Price of Stones:

“I just finished reading your book, "The Price of Stones," and I loved it. I was crying through almost every chapter and parts of it gave me chills. Your story and the stories of the orphans at Nyaka are so inspiring and I hope that many more schools similar to yours will be built. I am traveling to Uganda this year to live … for ten months while working as an intern for Soccer Without Borders. I will be coaching soccer there and working in Hope primary school. Although I was excited prior to reading your book, I am even more elated to be living in Uganda for an extended period of time now. … Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.”

If you haven't gotten your copy of The Price of Stones yet, please know that if you donate $100 or more to any of our projects through Global Giving we will send you a FREE copy of The Price of Stones Signed by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri.

Attached below are the Action Points that appear at the end of The Price of Stones. We encourage you to look through them and ask your local bookstore if they will host Jackson Kaguri for an Author Book Signing and Talk and if they will carry The Price of Stones.

Thank you so much for joining us on this journey!

-The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Nyaka in Christian Science Monitor
Nyaka in Christian Science Monitor



Dear Friends, Please allow me to share a link to an article in Time Magazine this week of June 14, 2010. Watch the video and see the amazing work you have invested your money in.,32068,89822614001_1994042,00.html,9171,1993880,00.html?artId=1993880?contType=article?chn=us

Our book The Price of Stones will be released June 10, 2010. Buy a copy and encourage all your friends and family to do the same.

Finally, see attached opening of our library.



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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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