Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Joseline received a new house this year!
Joseline received a new house this year!

Every house YOU build saves lives. Hundreds of grandmothers and their grandchildren are safe and warm in new homes because of YOU. This is one of the most important things YOU do for YOUR Nyaka grandmothers.

When a grandmother knows that her grandchildren will be safe and warm at night, she is able to focus on building a better future for her family. Instead of paying for repairs on a crumbling house, she can put her money into a business or pay for her grandchildren's school fees. 

We've told you so many stories about the amazing impact that YOU have made for YOUR Nyaka grandmothers but today we want to show you. We made a special video all about the difference YOU are making for grandmothers through the housing program. 

Click here to watch the video!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!

Grandmother with her grandchildren
Grandmother with her grandchildren



All Furida could do was watch as her home collapsed in a heap of mud and sticks on the ground. Imagine losing everything you have in the blink of an eye. 

Furida is no stranger to loss. 13 of her 15 children died of HIV/AIDS. She cared for and loved a grandson for 8 years before he too died of HIV/AIDS.

Alone and impoverished, Furida knew that grandmothers in her position typically do not have happy lives to look forward to.

Fortunately for Furida, she had YOU

Because of YOUR support, Furida was able to be part of a Granny Group. And, knowing that her home was dangerous, her fellow members had chosen Furida to be among the grandmothers to receive a new home. 

So, on the day her worst fear was realized, her greatest dream came true. The builders arrived that very same day to build her new home and kitchen.

YOU rescued her a day from homelessness.

Nyaka has many stories like Furida's. Stories of the amazing things YOU are doing to change lives. But, for every happy story, there are many more grandmothers who we couldn't reach.

YOUR continued support and love means more happy stories. 



Furida dancing in front of her new home
Furida dancing in front of her new home


Koto With One of Her Baskets
Koto With One of Her Baskets

Koto is providing for her family because of YOU!

A few years ago Koto's world was changed forever. Her son and her daughter-in-law both passed away leaving her two grandchildren behind. Koto and her husband took in their grandchildren and cared for them. They did everything they could to provide for them but Koto's heart ached to provide one more thing for her grandchildren...

She dreamed of sending them to school.

Then Koto learned about the Grandmother Program. She joined a Granny Group and learned that she had everything she needed already to help her family. She improved her basket making skills and used micro-finance loans to build her business. Her Granny Group even taught her how to keep a budget. 

Today Koto runs a booming business. She makes about 12 baskets every month and sells them each for 5,000 Ugandan Shillings ($1.92 USD). That means that every month she brings in 60,000 Ugandan Shillings ($23.03 USD) to help her family.

Because of YOU, she is able to send her two grandchildren to school and pay for their school supplies! 

Knowledge is contagious! Because YOU trained her, Koto is now able to share her knowledge and experience. She plans to offer training in making of baskets and building a business for her fellow grandmothers to help them support their families as well.

The impact that YOU are making today will help Koto, the grandmothers she helps, and generations of children they will raise to escape poverty.

YOU may never see the true impact of YOUR gift but we hope that YOU feel Koto's love and gratitude for YOU today. 

Thank YOU!


Join us for the last Bonus Day of the year!

Wednesday, October 15th

9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) 

  • Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! 
  • There is $75,000 available in matching!
  • They will be offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. 
Nyaka Grandmothers Dancing
Nyaka Grandmothers Dancing


Safinah With Her New Garden Hoe
Safinah With Her New Garden Hoe

7,005 grandmothers are grateful for you every day. They think of you every time they feed their grandchildren nutritious food from their garden, learn a new skill from their Granny Group, build a business with a microfinance loan, or lie in the safety of a warm, sturdy home.

Today we would like to share one testimony from a grandmother YOU have helped.

I Am Safinah 75 years, a widow of Kigina village, Bwanga parish, Nyarushanje sub county, Rukungiri District. I am living in a very small piece of land with no other source of income. I was blessed with 12 children but unfortunately, 7 have since died after a long period of illness. I am taking care of 2 grandchildren by names of Aisah 15 years, shamirah 8 years. I was born in Bunono village and later got married to Kigina. I only earns a living by doing handcraft especially mats. Through Nyaka grannies project I was able to receive 2 agricultural hoes that has enabled me to increase food production in my family.

Safinah would not have the tools she needs to keep her family fed without YOUR help. YOU have saved her through YOUR gift of agricultural hoes.

This year alone, YOU have given 1,900 agricultural hoes to grandmothers in need.

YOU are amazing!

 YOU can help us reach MORE grandmothers!

September 3rd--September 10th GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations! If you have been waiting for a good time to start giving monthly, this is it!

Some of YOUR Nyaka Grandmothers
Some of YOUR Nyaka Grandmothers


Grandmothers brainstorming during TOT workshop.
Grandmothers brainstorming during TOT workshop.

YOU are empowering grandmothers to change their lives!

Every day there are grandmothers in Southwest Uganda suffering from the loss of their son or daughter to HIV/AIDS. These grandmothers had worked very hard to give their children what they needed. In Uganda, parents do not invest money to pay for their retirement, they invest in their children. They work hard to give them the best education and opportunities they can to ensure that they are successful. The sign of success in Uganda is to be able to build your parents a new home. 

At a time in their lives when they should be able to finally rest and rely on their children to care for them, these strong women find themselves raising their grandchildren. Most grandmothers have about 7 grandchildren in their home. Some are raising as many as 12. Many grandmothers have taken in orphans who are not their grandchildren out of compassion.

Before Nyaka, they were forced to struggle alone. They had to return to the fields to work with aging bodies under the hot sun to keep their grandchildren fed. They lived in homes that were falling apart, cooked in unsafe kitchens, and relied on unsanitary pit latrines. Even after all of their work and sacrifice, many grandmothers cannot afford to send their grandchildren to school. 

But YOU are investing in YOUR grandmothers.

YOU are creating opportunities where there was once only despair. YOU are breathing life back into the community.

Thank YOU!

Just one of the ways YOU are investing in your Nyaka Grandmothers is through the Trainer of Trainers program.

Nyaka believes that empowerment and education are two of the most vital resources to ending poverty so we structured the Grandmother Project to focus on building up YOUR grandmothers through vital training and support.

Every Nyaka Grandmother is part of a group of women they call a Granny Group. Within their Granny Group, they elect leaders from within their group. Those Grandmothers are sent to the Trainer of Trainers workshops to learn vital skills like budgeting, business management, and agriculture. Those women are also given training to increase their leadership skills so they can return to their groups and spread their knowledge throughout their community.

Since The Trainer of Trainers Program began, dozens of grandmothers from YOUR 91 Granny Groups have become leaders.

YOUR support goes directly to creating real, lasting change in Southwest Uganda.

Grandmothers dancing during TOT Training
Grandmothers dancing during TOT Training



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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
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