Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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Consirantah in front of her new pit latrine
Consirantah in front of her new pit latrine

Consirantah is a 65 year old woman who works hard to make ends meet.  She was born and raised in Nyakishenyi and blessed with 10 children throughout her life.  Unfortunately, three have died after battling sickness for a long time and the remaining children are unemployed with unstable sources of income.  Since Consirantah’s family is unable to help her, she must support herself and her grandchildren who she is raising, aged 13 and 14.  Her grandchildren came into her home after the death of their father, who was Consirantah’s son.  The children’s mother had abandoned them at her home.  Thankfully, Consirantah has her Granny Group to lean on.  They have provided valuable resources to help support her and her grandchildren.

Consirantah has been an active member of her Granny Group for the last eight years.  She is grateful to the Nyaka Grandmother Project for creating groups in the area.  Through the project, she had been given a pit latrine, an agricultural hoe, a water harvesting tank and a mosquito net.  These items are critical for Consirantah and her family to stay healthy.  She has also been able to benefit from a microfinance loan that her group received from Nyaka.  Consirantah used the loan to plant and grow Irish potatoes and sorghum.  After the harvest, she was able to make a profit by selling some of the produce.  By saving her profits, Consirantah has bought a goat, is able to send both of her grandchildren to school and can cater to the domestic needs in her home.  Thank you for making all of this possible for Consirantah and her family!

Donate today to help more grandmothers like Consirantah!

Consirantah and the goat she was able to buy
Consirantah and the goat she was able to buy

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Joseline and grandchildren in their old home
Joseline and grandchildren in their old home

Joseline is 81 years old and one of the happiest grandmothers you’ve helped!  She is a widow from Kameme village, Kanungu district, her two grandchildren (Daniel 14 years and Kyomuhendo 8) became her responsibility five years ago when their father died and their mother moved to a different town to remarry.  Nyaka constructed a home for Joseline after discovering the tattered tent that her and her family were living in. 

Joseline worried everyday about her family’s safety.  They were living near Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is known for its wildlife.  Joseline was convinced that wild animals would soon come into her tent and kill her and her grandchildren. During rainy seasons, she would surround her grandchildren all night to provide warmth but could never provide enough protection if an animal decided to attack them.  She didn’t have money to provide a safer home and had completely lost hope for tomorrow. 

Joseline was rejoiced when the Nyaka Grandmother Program came to help.  She never imagined that anyone would ever build her a home.  Her new home gave her a new outlook on life.  Now she feels blessed to have a sturdy and safe place for her and her grandchildren.  Joseline said that she has nothing that she can give to repay her gratitude but she will always pray for the kind and loving people who helped her through this tough time.

YOU are the reason why Joseline can sleep at night, because your generous love and support built her a safe home for her and her family.  Thank you!

Joseline proudly standing in front of her new home
Joseline proudly standing in front of her new home

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Pola and her grandson drying coffee
Pola and her grandson drying coffee

Pola, aged 63, is raising her three grandchildren, Evalyne who is 12 years old, Junior who is 9 years old and Prosper who is 3 years.  Her grandchildren came to live with her two years ago after their mother died from complications during child birth.  Pola needed help when she became the sole provider for them.  Thanks to YOUR generous support, Pola was able to receive a microfinance loan to help her raise her three young grandchildren!

Pola was given 200,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $59.35 US dollars) which she used to become a coffee bean vendor.  She buys raw coffee beans from her neighbors at a reduced rate and then dries the beans and stores them.  She waits to sell them until coffee prices increase so that she can maximize her profits.  Pola expects to make around 500,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $148.37 US dollars) after all of this coffee is sold.  She plans to use the profits to buy the basic necessities for her family and will also save some money to buy more coffee next season.  Pola has a future plan of setting up a big store for selling coffee beans, rice, ground nuts and millet if she gets more funds. 

YOU can help other grandmothers just like Pola by making a donation today!

August 2, 2016 marked the 15th anniversary of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.  Thank YOU for making this milestone possible!  

YOUR generous love and support has TRANSFORMED LIVES!

YOU have made Nyaka 15 years strong!

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Baraba with two of her grandchildren
Baraba with two of her grandchildren

Meet Baraba.  She is a 56 year old grandmother raising her six orphaned grandchildren ranging in age from 3-13 years old!  Baraba is now the sole provider for them.  She has to put clothes on their backs, food in their mouths, and pay for them to go to school- all on her own, without a job, social security, retirement, or any kind of social service support.  Luckily for Baraba, she has YOU!  Thanks to your generous support, she was able to get a micro-finance loan to buy supplies to make jewelry and baskets to sells.  Baraba now has an income and can provide for her grandchildren. 

As a young girl, Baraba’s mother taught her how to make baskets.  She never thought that the basket making skills she learned so long ago would one day provide for her family.  Recently, Baraba was able to increase her skill set even more.  She was able to attend a training workshop in Kampala, the capitol of Uganda, where she was taught how to make beads, necklaces, and woven earrings.  This helps her generate even more income by having a variety of items that she can sell. 

How do the grandmothers like Baraba sell their crafts? We buy them, then sell them through basket parties, our Etsy shop, and at events.  All of the profits raised go right back into the Grandmother Programs like the one that helped Baraba and other grandmothers just like her.  Want to help? Donate today!   

Baraba with some of her handmade baskets
Baraba with some of her handmade baskets

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Jane, Timothy, Joel and their piglets
Jane, Timothy, Joel and their piglets

YOU are transforming Grandmothers into sustainable entrepreneurs by providing opportunities for them!

Jane is a 55 year old widow raising her two grandchildren, Timothy and Joel.  The children lost their mother after a long illness and they were abandoned by their father after their mother passed away.  With these two young children now depending on her, Jane needed to find a way to earn enough money to support her family. 

Jane was able to borrow 150,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $50 USD) to buy a pig that was pregnant.  That’s when Jane’s piggery project began!  The pig gave birth to five piglets and she was able to sell two of them.  She kept the remaining three piglets and is using them to be a sustainable entrepreneur in piggery (pig breeding).  Jane would never have been able to pursue her dream of pig breeding if people like you didn’t support her!

The loan that Joan received has given her the opportunity to open a business that she is very passionate about.  Jane is very happy and thankful for the opportunity that has greatly improved her living standards and has helped her in raising her grandchildren.

Thank you very much for the love and generosity you give to Joan and thousands of other grandmothers like her!

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.nyakaschool.org/​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$18,350 raised of $230,000 goal
 
304 donations
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