Friday, May 25, 2012

Jackson Kaguri Presented the Keynote Speech at the 2012 Global Fund for Children Spring Gala!

Congratulations to Global Fund for Children for raising more than $1.4 million in connection with the 2012 Global Fund for Children Spring Gala, all of which will go toward supporting innovative grassroots organizations transforming the lives of children worldwide just like our students at Nyaka and Kutamba. A heartfelt thank-you to all the sponsors of this event!

Jackson Kaguri, Founder and Director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, is speaking barefoot here to remind us of the children who walk barefoot to school, sometimes for over ten miles.

To learn more about the Spring Gala and view links of Jackson Kaguri's speech, visit our facebook page!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nyaka Is Shining

This morning, 13 million people will have the opportunity to learn more about the children and grandmothers of Nyaka because of AOL Impact's new daily cause feature.

We are so excited about seeing their story front and center on a well-known source for online news and updates.

Please take a moment today to hop over and show the link some love.

Once you've seen it yourself, share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.  

Pin it. Stumble on it. +1 it.  

Whatever your social media language is for "share".

Speak it.  

Spread their light.

Yared thanks you!

Excerpt of a thank you letter from Yared Turyasingura 
to his potential sponsor.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

If You Can Do It, So Can I.

It had been a long day in the midst of a long week but the basket shipments could wait no longer.

The back of my minivan held two shipments for two customers of the Nyaka Grandmother Shop on Etsy, 105 baskets for a Global Giving "Friend-Raiser" event and the merchandise needed for The Barefoot Mile event planned by a student in Colorado.  Our hardworking intern had caught the flu and was not able to attend to the regular errands.

As I pulled into the local FedEx location, the clock read 8:30pm and I was ready to go home.

I gathered a small box and lugged it inside.  I plopped it on the counter and announced that I would be back with more.  I went back outside and pulled an even larger, heavier box out. 

After two steps, I began to think of our grandmothers.  I thought of how hard they work every day to feed the children they care for.  I thought of the grass thatched huts that allow water to pour inside on little families and the latrines overflowing during the rainy season.  I thought of sore legs walking up and down steep hills to gather clean water.

In my heart I whispered, "Okay, grannies.  If you can do it, so can I."
The grannies trying to teach me to weave a basket.

I then realized that there was no possible way for me to open the door with the load I was carrying.  As I started to look for a place to leverage the heavy box, a woman came out and I asked her if she could get the door for me.

"Of course."

"Oh, thank you. I was just beginning to wonder how I was going to be able to get that door with this big ole box in my arms."

"I was meant to come out at just the right time.  It blessed me to help you."


Wasn't that just the nicest response?

I still had another bag to grab so I went back outside again.  She was getting into her car and I stopped her.

"I just want you to know that the box I was carrying is full of baskets made by the grandmothers of HIV/AIDS orphans in southwest Uganda.  I just visited them and they thanked me over and over for what I do.  I told them about people like you.  I told them that I am a representative of so many people who care for them."

I then gave her a basket as a gift. The grannies would have wanted her to have it.

Lunch With A Purpose Volunteers
We stood in the parking lot for about 10 minutes talking about the Nyaka mission and one of her own interests called the Widow's Might.  She promised to share the story of the Nyaka Grandmothers with her friends and I thanked her.

It blesses me to help the grannies of Nyaka.

It also blesses me to see our supporters give of their time and money to provide clean water, basic housing and sustainable income for the women who work so hard to care for so many children.

If the grannies could, they would hug you tight around the neck for all that you do.

Thank you for being so awesome.


PS - In the next couple of weeks, we will share with you just what you accomplished for the grannies through all of your hard work and compassion on Mother's Day. For a preview, check out our Mukaaka Supporters.

Tashmica Torok, Development Associate
Tashmica has been with NAOP since September 2010.  Prior to joining the Team, Tashmica participated in several different community social justice campaigns in Michigan while managing her family business. Tashmica is a mother, wife, writer, and roller derby skater with the Lansing Derby Vixens.  NAOP's mission speaks to two of her personal social priorities: women and children.  She is inspired by the grandmothers and is constantly celebrating the steps each of NAOP students take to combat poverty with their education.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Children Should Be SEEN & HEARD!

Tonight, Jackson Kaguri will be giving the keynote speech at The Global Fund For Children Spring Gala 2012: Children Should Be Seen & Heard.  The Global Fund For Children invested in our children for the first time in 2005.

Seven years later, we are honored to have the opportunity to address an audience of so many generous supporters of our partnership with The Global Fund For Children

Jackson's address will touch on all of the programs that make up our human rights based, holistic approach with one major focus;

our grandmothers.

The women who ensure those children get up and walk those many miles to school every day.

The women who form groups to support each other and learn about micro-finance, AIDS prevention and even parenting classes.

The women who, when supported with your generous donations, are helping five children on average escape a life of poverty.

Honor or memorialize a special woman in your life with a gift to the grannies of Nyaka!

 Just look what your generosity has done to give the gift of dignity to Peace.  Read her story here.

Happy Mother's Day to you and all 6,200 grandmothers like Peace in southwest Uganda.

In gratitude,

The Nyaka Team

PS - Did you read Jackson Kaguri's Mother's Day Tribute for Women in Need blog post featured in the Huffington Post?  Check out how he is honoring his own mother this year!