The Grandmothers of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project inspired the building of the Nyaka Primary School in 2001 by lining up at the door of the Founder and Executive Director, Jackson Kaguri to ask for school fees for their grandchildren. They were the voices that encouraged the organization to extend the Clean Gravity-Fed Water System so that members of the community could drink clean water without walking long, dangerous distances every day. Once given a micro-finance loan they began making baskets to support their family and often they expand their businesses by making pottery, raising livestock and selling produce from their gardens. They continue to support and advocate for one another through the Grandmother Training Programs as leaders in the communities of southwestern Uganda. However, they recognize their most important role is to ensure that their grandchildren receive a quality education through The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.
We have much to celebrate on behalf of the grandsons who are studying so hard to become healthy and productive men in rural Uganda. Education is critical for their success in providing for themselves and their families. A perfect Father’s Day gift for the dad “with it all” is to sponsor a boy’s education this year. A donation of$42 a month provides for 1 young man's secondary school education for 1 year.
We know that our human rights based holistic approach is making a difference. Our students excel yearly in their national exams and the Nyaka Primary School was ranked 8th out of 220 schools in 2010. We know we cannot take all of the credit. Our grandmothers hold tightly to a future of educated grandsons. They are raising thousands of grandsons who will become fathers and lead their communities even farther out of poverty by following the example of their strong and courageous grandmothers.
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