Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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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

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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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Joyce
Joyce

You may never meet Joyce but, trust us, she feels YOUR love.

Joyce and her grandchild were living in a home that had completely collapsed on one side.

They had no safe shelter and nowhere to go.

Imagine holding your grandchild, knowing that you couldn't keep them safe and warm.

Then Joyce joined one of YOUR Granny Groups and her fellow grandmothers voted to build her a new home!

Because of YOU, Joyce is no longer homeless. 

She and her grandchild are living in a new home complete with a new kitchen and pit latrine. 

YOUR support and compassion have saved her and her grandchild! 

 

Joyce isn't the only grandmother who needs your help! There are thousands more grandmothers who need YOUR love and support!

Please join us TODAY  for a special Bonus Day so YOUR granny groups can continue provide critical needs for other grandmothers!

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

It starts at 9:00am (EDT) and will last until 11:59pm (EDT) tonight!

Please give early! Funds will go fast! 

 

There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

AND a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your Grandmothers go further! 

Joyce
Joyce's grandson fetching water from the well
Joyce
Joyce's new home (still under construction)

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Karen
Karen

Karen feels so blessed because of YOU!

At the age of 60, Karen should be able to rest and rely on her children to care for her.

Instead, she is raising three of her orphaned grandchildren. She was in desperate need of help.

Then she discovered the Grandmother Project!

In her Granny Group, she found the support she needed to build a better life for her family.

She was given gardening tools, a micro-finance loan to start a business, and entrepreneurial training to help her run her business successfully.

Now she is making money to support her family, strengthening the local economy, and being a positive role model for her grandchildren and other women in her community.

Please don’t take it lightly when we say

YOU Change Lives.

 

Tomorrow, please help us give more grandmothers like Karen the help they desperately need.

Join us for a special Bonus Day!

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

July 16th, 2014                             

9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast! 

 

There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

AND a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further! 

Grandmothers from one of your Granny Group
Grandmothers from one of your Granny Group

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Jetu
Jetu

Have we told YOU lately how amazing YOU are?

YOU are saving lives for grandmothers like Jetu!

Jetu is a 53-year-old grandmother raising her two grandchildren, a 16-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. Like many families in Uganda, Jetu and her grandchildren are coping with the loss of the children's parents because of HIV/AIDS. Jetu never expected that she would be raising her grandchildren. In Ugandan culture, as parents grow older and can no longer work, their children provide for them. If needed, children will provide housing, food, care for their elder’s needs

So, when Jetu's kitchen began to fall apart, she had nowhere to turn.

In Uganda, families cook their food in a building separate from the one they sleep in. The fire used for cooking creates a lot of smoke that can be dangerous and unhealthy. Jetu could not prepare food for her grandchildren in their kitchen because she was afraid it would collapse on her.

Because of YOU, Jetu has a new, smokeless kitchen. She no longer has to worry that the smoke from cooking will harm her or her grandchildren.

THANK YOU!

Jetu and her grandchildren will be healthier and safer because YOU chose to give them life-saving support!

She will always think of YOU and the wonderful gift YOU have given her.

 

There is still more work to do and we need YOUR help to do it! 

We work with over 7,005 grandmothers and many of them are in grave need of new homes, kitchens, and pit latrines.

Many want to start new businesses but have no way to get a loan.

Many need vocational training and support to help them reenter the workforce.

YOU can help all of these grandmothers achieve their dreams.

Global Giving is having a Bonus Day! 

Global Giving will match your gift 50%!

July 16th

9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast! 

There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.

There will also be a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.

Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000

If YOU choose to give this month, we hope you will choose to give to YOUR grandmothers. 

Jetu
Jetu's old kitchen
Jetu
Jetu's new kitchen under construction
Jetu
Jetu's new kitchen

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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
$15,807 raised of $230,000 goal
 
 
291 donations
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