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Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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
Grace
Grace

YOUR impact in the lives of YOUR grandmothers in Uganda is huge. Every month we tell you about another grandmother who YOU have helped escape poverty but please know that for every grandmother story we share, there are thousands more stories we could tell. 

This month we want to tell you about a grandmother named Grace.

Grace was mourning the loss of her daughter while raising her two orphaned grandchildren on a teacher's pension. The pension was small and often unreliable. Sometimes it came when it was supposed to and other times she had to wait several months before her money would come. 

Even though she struggled, her heart swelled when she heard about two children who had been abandoned at the local hospital. Grace couldn't turn her back on them. She volunteered to care for them too.

When Grace first learned about her local grandmother’s group, she was excited to meet women her age who faced the same issues she did. She was happy for the opportunity to share her experience as a teacher, advising other grandmothers how to deal with undisciplined children.

Grace says that her first loan from the group “was a blessing that melted so many troubles away.” She received 100,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $30 USD) to buy a pig. Later she received an additional, smaller loan to buy nutritious mash to feed it.

Grace thinks that the pig was the best investment she could have made. Soon, it gave birth to 9 piglets. She made enough money from selling the piglets that she was able to travel to attend the college graduation ceremony of one of the orphans she is raising. She easily paid back her loan. Grace plans to expand her pig project and will continue to sell piglets to help buy food and make repairs to her home.

Hardworking, compassionate grandmothers like Grace thrive when they are empowered by generous people like YOU. Thank you for investing in Grace and her grandchildren!

We want to wish you very happy holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!

Grace with her pigs
Grace with her pigs

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Florence and Marvin standing by their new house
Florence and Marvin standing by their new house

Florence is a 73-year-old widow raising her 10-year-old grandson, Marvin. Florence and Marvin were living in a home that was falling apart. The roof was leaking and threatening to fall in, especially during the rainy season. Their pit latrine was full and leaking, putting the whole village at a risk of catching diseases. 

There are so many grandmothers in need and not every grandmother can get a new house and pit latrine. When Florence heard the news that she would be getting a new house and a new pit latrine, she cried. For her this was a gift beyond hoping for. 

Florence and Marvin  now sleep safe and sound while the rain taps on their new, metal roof. They are reminded of YOUR generosity and compassion every day.

Thank YOU!

Florence and Marvin with their new pit latrine
Florence and Marvin with their new pit latrine

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One of YOUR Grandmothers!
One of YOUR Grandmothers!

YOUR grandmothers are starting businesses, sleeping in safe homes, feeding their grandchildren healthy meals, and showing their communities what empowered grandmothers can do! That is all because of YOU!

YOUR grandmothers are meeting in the Granny Groups YOU support and determining for themselves how they can best help each other. Grandmothers are sharing skills and information with each other. They are building each other up and offering emotional support. 

YOUR grandmothers are strong, capable women. They just need an opportunity. Thank YOU for giving it to them!

 

We also wanted to say a special Thank you!

This September, we told you that our Founder and Executive Director, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, was nominated for the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Thanks to YOUR votes and shares, Jackson won!  He was officially named the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen in front of a crowd of 60,000 people at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City!

Now more people than ever have heard about Nyaka and it's all because of YOU!

This is a big step forward to help more of YOUR children and grandmothers in Uganda. 

Thank you so much for YOUR support! Everything is possible when we work together!

YOU Made it Happen! THANK YOU!
YOU Made it Happen! THANK YOU!
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Alice in her shop
Alice in her shop

Alice is 60 years old with five grandchildren to care for. Three of her grandchildren came to live with her after their mother left to go and look for work. She never came back. The other two grandchildren were abandoned by her daughter-in-law after Alice's son died.

Alice wasn't sure how she would support five grandchildren until YOU gave her a micro-finance loan of 200,000 Ugandan Shillings ($54.65 USD) through her Granny Group. She used the funds to build up her already existing retail shop where she sells salt, soap, tomatoes, Irish potatoes, millet and maize flour, match boxes, food stuffs and soft drinks. She says the customers are always available and so she is able to get money for her to support herself and her grandchildren.

 

Right now YOU have a great opportunity to help more grandmothers like Alice! 

Nyaka's Founder and Executive Director, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, has been nominated for the Waislitz Global Citizen Award!

This award not only validates the wonderful work YOU make possible, it could also win Nyaka a prize of $100,000 to empower and educate YOUR students and their grandmothers in Uganda!

To win the award and the $100,000 prize for YOUR children, Jackson has to get the most votes!

Will you help by voting for Jackson today?

Here is the link to vote!

Vote for Jackson!
Vote for Jackson!

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Granny Annah
Granny Annah

YOU are making miracles happen for grandmothers!

Annah is a widow raising two teenagers, Nahabwe (15 years old) and Justus (13 years old).

Finding water has become a big problem for Annah. She cannot walk the many miles to fetch water for her family and relies on her grandchildren to help her. Sometimes Annah must go all day without water while she waits for her grandchildren to come home.

Her grandchildren already walk long distances to school and often get home late at night. Leaving to get water at night can be dangerous--especially for girls who are vulnerable to sexual assault. 

Fortunately, Annah is one of the grandmothers YOU are supporting this year by giving her a water harvesting tank. This large tank allows her to collect rainwater and store it safely so her family can have clean, safe water to drink without having to walk to fetch it.

YOU are not only keeping Annah's family healhty, YOU are giving back precious study time to Nahabwe and Justus!

Thank YOU!

A few of the grandmothers YOU support.
A few of the grandmothers YOU support.

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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East Lansing, MI United States
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