Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Grandmother holding a water harvesting tank
Grandmother holding a water harvesting tank

This morning you probably turned on a tap to get your water. You made your coffee, brushed your teeth, and took a shower. It probably felt like a fairly mundane morning. But to your grandmothers in Uganda, your everyday is a dream.

Even with the success of your two gravity fed water systems that bring clean water sources much closer to your grandmothers, they must often walk miles to get clean water. Your grandmothers often have to carry heavy jerry cans of water home. If they cannot fetch it, they often have to send their grandchildren. This can take hours that could be used for studying and makes children--especially girls--vulnerable to sexual assault as they walk along the road. Even if your grandmothers can collect enough water to store, they need a safe place to keep it where it will not be contaminated.

Thankfully, the water harvesting tanks you provide help your grandmothers collect and store water safely at home. The large black tanks are designed to safely collect rain water, which is especially helpful during the rainy season. And it allows your grandmothers to store water that they collect from safe water sources.

The clean water you are providing them is helping them keep their families hydrated, healthy, and clean. Thank you!

Two grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Two grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Grandmothers with water harvesting tanks



YOUR grandmothers are so grateful for YOU!

At the age of 70, Joyce had never had a home of her own. She lived with her daughter and brother-in-law. Then she moved to stay with her son where she slept in a storage area with the chickens. Joyce says she was not respected in her community and had “no hope or love” in her life.

Then one day, a neighbor told her about YOUR Nyaka Granny Groups. Since there was a meeting nearby, Joyce decided to attend. At the meeting she met grandmothers like her who faced big challenges. She realized that she wasn't alone. She decided to become a member.

Not long after joining, Joyce received a home visit from the group’s leaders. They saw that she desperately needed a home of her own. Thanks to YOUR partnership and support, the grandmothers in Joyce's group were able to build her a brand new house, smokeless kitchen, and pit latrine to call her own.

Joyce’s new home has been truly life-changing. Because of YOU, she can care for her three orphaned grandchildren. She is in control of her life. She has been able to save money, because with a house of her own she has a safe place to keep it. She is more motivated to work in her fields and garden--She even received a small loan from her group to buy chickens!  Joyce says that she now sleeps through the night for the first time in her life, safe and comfortable in her own bedroom. For the first time, she has hope for the future thanks to YOU.

YOU are changing the lives of grandmothers like Joyce every day!

Thanks to YOUR partnership YOUR grandmothers have dignity, respect, and freedom.

Thank YOU and Happy New Year!

Joyce (Right) With Her Grandchildren
Joyce (Right) With Her Grandchildren



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


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


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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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$15,639 raised of $230,000 goal
288 donations
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