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Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
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!

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The Nyaka Grannies are happy to announce that our star students have been selected to participate in Global Giving's Photo Contest!

Click here to see the photo that was chosen!

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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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.


How?
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. We know you are very busy saving the world, so we made it only 4 pages this year. We've also updated our website with new stories and pictures, so head on over for more information about what you've accomplished this year!

Thank you for your continued support!  The lives of our true unsung heroes, the Grandmothers of Nyaka, have been changed forever because of YOU!

 

Janis Simon & The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Board of Directors

PS - Thanks to your generosity and your commitment to change, you raised a combined total of $388! -- that's enough to provide the construction cost of a new, sanitary kitchen that will help prevent childhood illnesses. 

Click here and let Peace remind you just how big that deal is!

 

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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!

We are counting on you to help us take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity by sharing and giving big!

This is HUGE for women like Peace. 

Peace Nyinakacere is a 70 year old widow of Nyamakemba Village. She describes herself as a "miserable granny living a different life until recently when Nyaka rescued her." Peace was living in a leaking grass thatched house and did not have a pit latrine or a kitchen.  Read her complete story here.

YOU rescued her with your generous donation! 

THANK YOU!

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 too!

With your help, we know that we can increase the impact of your support throughout this challenge. A sanitary latrine can be given to a grandmother like Peace for $245. A smoke free kitchen can be provided for $310.

Share. Give. Repeat.

You are our grandmother's greatest advocates!

Thank you in advance for all you continue to do for our grannies.

Peace's testimony was prepared by Ngabirano Godfrey, our Grandmother Coordinator who is called "Shwenkuru" or Grandfather by the women he serves.

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Nzera and her grandchild
Nzera and her grandchild

"Before the new house, whenever it would rain we would have to gather our bedding into one corner. I didn't have any income to help thatch my old house. I am old and weak and don't have strength to work in neighbors' gardens for money," explains Nzeramaria, an 80 year old grandmother who is now a mother to her grandchild. "Without Nyaka I don't know what we would do." 

We know there is a special woman in your life: a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, sister, wife, daughter, or friend. 

We know you care about our girls' well-being from your generous donation to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project to support their education. 

6,200 grandmothers care for our students and 34,525 additional orphans and vulnerable children in rural southwest Uganda.  We realized early on that if a girl goes home to a home that leaks, doesn't have any food, or access to water, she will not retain the necessary health to learn when she returns to school the next day.  As such, we have incorporated our students' grandmothers into our holistic approach.

Our goal is for 100% of our most-dedicated Nyaka partners like you to honor or memorialize your special lady by investing in the grandmothers who care for our girls in the twilight of their years without resources beyond Nyaka. 

Your gift will allow us to:

•             build 50 homes, kitchens, and pit-latrines,

•             distribute 200 water harvesting tanks and gardening hoes, and

•             distribute 100 goats to the most destitute grandmothers in 2012.

They will receive a card to let them know of your generous gift.  You will also receive a special report chocked full of photos and stories from the beneficiaries later this year that you can share with them!

It's easy - you can make a one-time donation or you can make monthly payments.  Look at how far your investment will go in a woman's life!

Many of our grannies live exposed to the mountainous cold evenings and spend all rainy season wet and hungry.  We learned grannies will stay in their pit-latrines when it rains because it is their only escape from the rain and cold. When a grandmother receives a 'package' deal it is the best.

Grannies like Nzera are depending on your help today.

Thank you for investing in our girls' lives by honoring a special woman in your life!

One of 6,200 Nyaka Mukaakas
One of 6,200 Nyaka Mukaakas

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
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