Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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



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.


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



Yes, YOU!

YOU amaze me.

With your selfless efforts you support 6,656 grannies. In the past few months, 403 grannies have joined our different groups! YOU give them so much!

But these past few months have also been a time of great excitement for the grannies! 201 grannies now have solar powered lights in their homes. The power that they can use not only for lighting a home where children can do schoolwork but also to charge phones. This is also a source of income as a small business investment! 

YOU have also given over $16,000 in microfinance loans for other income generating activities! You provide things like goats for rearing, poultry, and growing vegetables.

Thanks to YOU! These grannies can provide for their families.



YOU are empowering YOUR grandmothers!

YOUR Granny Groups were developed to give the women YOU are serving through the Nyaka Grandmother Project a voice.

The Granny Groups vote to decide how micro-finance funds should be distributed. They decide as a group which grandmothers are most in need of a new home, kitchen, or pit latrine. Trainings are conducted by elected leaders.

The goal of the Grandmother Project is never to tell YOUR grandmothers what they need. They tell the project what they need and everyone works on solutions together to make positive changes in the community. 

Meet Oliva. She is one of the women YOU are empowering through your support. At the age of 64, her fellow granny group members chose her to be the Sub County Coordinator. She is a very busy woman, overseeing and training four different Granny Groups in her area.

Because of YOU, Oliva has the training and know how to teach her fellow Granny Group members new vocational skills, how to develop businesses, nutrition and health information, and many other important skills.

By raising up leaders from within the community and nurturing their leadership skills, YOU are ensuring that the positive changes YOU are making possible will last. 

YOU are a community builder! 


Want to see more women become community leaders like Oliva?

YOU can support your grandmothers by making your donation this Today at 9:00am (EST)

Global Giving will match your gift by 30%!

If we get the most donors, YOUR grandmothers will get $1,000!


Oliva training one of her 4 Granny Groups
Oliva training one of her 4 Granny Groups


YOUR New Secondary School has a Roof!
YOUR New Secondary School has a Roof!

YOU are a hero to YOUR Nyaka Grandmothers and YOUR Nyaka Family! Maybe you don't wear a cape or have superpowers, but YOU are saving the lives of over 7,005 grandmothers and their 43,000 children in southwest Uganda! 

YOUR grandmothers do everything they can to provide for their families. On top of all the cooking, cleaning, taking care of children, and everything else, they make time to provide for their families as well! Many of Nyaka’s grannies make crafts and sell these creations for income!

YOUR support makes this possible! YOU are doing such a great job that Nyaka can expand the supports we offer to YOUR enterprising grandmothers! With the building of the new secondary school, there will be room to give all the grandmothers a large workspace that has electricity so they can have light in the evening and run equipment like sewing machines! 

We know how much YOU love YOUR grannies and students! Just look at the evidence of how much YOU have done for them!

In just a few months, The Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School will be complete and YOUR grandmothers will have the space and equipment they need to expand their enterprises and make their families more prosperous! It's building up so quickly! Just look at the new roof on the main school building!  

This is all happening because of YOU!

YOUR Nyaka Grandmothers are so grateful for everything YOU are doing for them and so are we!

Thank YOU


Didn't get a chance to make a donation during the last Bonus Day? 

No worries! YOU have another chance to give next Wednesday (May 7th) at 9:00am (EST)!

Your gift will be matched 30%!

One of YOUR Nyaka Grandmothers
One of YOUR Nyaka Grandmothers



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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
$18,360 raised of $230,000 goal
305 donations
$211,640 to go
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