Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Help 15,000 Ugandan grandmothers care for children
Phausta & Family In Front Of Grass Thatched Home
Phausta & Family In Front Of Grass Thatched Home

Phausta is an 84-year-old grandmother from Rukungiri district. Phausta cares for six of her biological grandchildren due to their mother and father not being able to provide for them. 

Currently, Phausta and her grandchildren live in a small grass thatched house which also doubles as the kitchen and uses the neighbors pit latrine as they do not have one of their own. Sometimes the neighbor’s pit latrine is locked, so Phausta and her family are forced to use the bathroom outside in the banana farm. This poses a risk to their health and that of the community in general. 

This year, Nyaka will be constructing a new house including a kitchen and pit latrine for Phausta’s family and improve their standard of living!

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Peace With Her Sewing Machine
Peace With Her Sewing Machine

Peace is the 57-year-old biological grandmother of two, Sheilah (ten) and Violah (seven). Peace’s daughter and her husband separated after Sheilah and Violah were born. Peace was left to care for her grandchildren after the unfortunate passing of Peace’s daughter. Peace was able to use her tailoring skills to make additional income by borrowing 500,000 shillings ($141.71) in revolving funds from her granny group. With the microloan and money from selling some of her piglets she was able to acquire a sewing machine.

Peace is well known in her community for her expertise in tailoring. Schools from nearby go to her to make uniforms. She is always able to service her loans on time with the profits from tailoring clothes. Peace continues to raise pigs which enables her to see her grandchildren through school. Peace says, “My eldest grandchild dreams of becoming a doctor and the youngest dreams of becoming a teacher and I am optimistic that with the Nyaka Microfinance Program in place, their dreams will be fulfilled.” 

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On Monday, January 10th, 2022 Nyaka welcomed children back to school! In order to keep our community safe, teachers and support staff have been vaccinated. Daily, staff members are doing all they can to follow the strict Ugandan Ministry of Health’s (MoH) operating guidelines including cleaning, maintenance, the provision of hand washing stations, masks for all students, plans for COVID-19 safe classrooms, etc. Medical personnel from the local Kambuga hospital, have visited Nyaka to address staff and students at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) to provide additional guidance on how to stay safe. 

Students are being tested regularly. Any student who tests positive is treated and quarantined to protect themselves and the rest of the community. We are grateful that at this time all infected students are recovering quickly. Students who are of age are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nyaka has a new coffee table book 'For Our Children’s Sake' available now. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE!

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Gauda in her shop!
Gauda in her shop!

Gauda is a 71-year-old grandmother from Nyaruhanga village. Gauda stays with one grandchild who lost both their parents. Gauda was lucky to benefit from the revolving fund given to her granny group. She was able to borrow 300,000UGX (84.45USD) and use it to start a retail business in a trading Centre. Gauda always had a dream of starting a retail shop to sell items like food (fruits, soft drinks and some dry crops like beans, peas and ground nuts) and household goods. This type of small and easier going business is ideal for Gauda since she is older in age and suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. Gauda’s business keeps her active since she no longer has the physical ability to do gardening on her own, but she is able to utilize casual laborers in her garden to plant crops like maize, beans and ground nuts on a small scale. The continuation of her garden provides food for her family and also allows her to sell any extras in her retail shop. Gauda is able to repay her loan using the income she gets from her small coffee garden.  

Thank you for helping make Gauda’s dream a reality!

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Nyaka Students Wearing Masks
Nyaka Students Wearing Masks

Like many countries in the world, Uganda experienced a very strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, which helped to reduce the spread of the pandemic (although at considerable social and economic cost, especially for those already living in poverty). 

On June 6th, 2021, following a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, the President announced a second lockdown. Restrictions were further tightened on June 19thfor a further 42 days. At present all Ugandan schools are closed, there is a strict curfew in place and only essential workers with permits are allowed to move. 

In these challenging conditions, Nyaka continues to work to support students, grandmothers and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors, whilst taking all possible precautions to protect our community and follow government directives. 

 We are:

  • Distributing soap and masks to grandmothers and Nyaka students 
  • Providing health care via our community clinics
  • Providing medical care and support to survivors of SGBV
  • Providing counselling to students and others in need of support
  • Providing sanitary towels for girls and young women
  • Providing access to educational materials and library books. 
  • Sharing health education messages about COVID-19 via radio programming and other platforms
  • Distributing emergency food supplies

From everyone at Nyaka in Uganda, we thank you for your continued support!

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Kellen In Her Retail Shop
Kellen In Her Retail Shop

71-year-old Kellen lives with her two biological grandchildren whose mother died after many years of battling an illness. To help care for her grandchildren, Kellen was able to benefit from microfunds. Thanks to the funds her granny group received, Kellen was able to borrow 500,000 Ugandan Shillings ($141.07) that she used to start a retail business in her community’s trading center. Kellen always had a dream of starting a small retail shop to sell produce and charcoal since finding firewood in her community was a big challenge to many. After some consideration, Kellen decided to start her small retail shop and only sell charcoal because she was not able to physically keep an active farm. The success of her business has allowed her to repay her loan ontime and the rent where she operates her retail shop. Kellen doesn’t regret anything since starting her business!

Kellen With Her Retail Products
Kellen With Her Retail Products

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Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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