Monday, July 30, 2012

Pure Charity Partnership

Become an advocate for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on Pure Charity today! 

Click here to join our advocacy network on Pure Charity!

 Guess what? You can now shop online and help give a Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project student an education!

We are excited to announce a NEW partnership that The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project has with Pure Charity.

Check out the project we created just for Phiona.  As an individual backer of our project, you can even create your own campaign encouraging your friends and family to join in and invest in Phiona’s education too!

How does Pure Charity work?

Pure Charity allows you to give a percentage of your online purchases to a project important to YOU.  For every dollar you spend, a percentage is tucked away into your own special spending account.  All you have to do, is download a plugin for your browser onto your PC or laptop and Pure Charity goes with you just about everywhere you like to shop online. 

You can share that you are one of Phiona’s “backers” via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail with just a simple click. You can also easily keep track of updates of her progress, and you can also see the projects your friends are supporting. Finally, although donors already know they are doing good when they support a project, Pure Charity has a reward system implemented as a special bonus!  You will get special coupons, perks, deals....everything that makes shopping so much more fun!

How will The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project use Pure Charity?

On Pure Charity, we will be creating smaller projects for people to invest in.  We will be providing the opportunity to back individual students with your shopping dollars!  You can expect that our projects in the future will be anything from supporting the education of a secondary student to building 5 latrines for grandmothers in need. 

Ready to use your purchasing power for some good?!

Of course you are!  :)

PS – If any of the above links do not work for you, feel free to copy and paste this link into you browser to join our advocate network:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Calling All Doctors and Nurses!

Dr. Deweese has generously donated a $25,000 matching gift toward providing healthcare at Nyaka.

Please don’t let it go to waste!

We've raised $10,000 thanks to a Nyaka Board Member donating $5,000 today and we only have $15,000 left to raise!

But we still need your help.   Join us and donate

Can you imagine your child, wife, or beloved family member not having access to healthcare?

Dr. Paul Deweese, a local Michigan physician and philanthropist has offered to cover half the staffing costs to get the Mummy Drayton School Clinic running to full capacity. We need your help to hire a full-time physician, nurses, mid-wife, and janitor. Every day spent fundraising in the U.S. is another day babies could be born in a safe environment and children could get treated for common ailments like malaria.

You can ensure thousands of children who have lost their parents have access to healthcare.


The goal for the Mummy Drayton School Clinic is to provide basic healthcare to the student community, their caretakers who are typically elderly grandmothers, and to the village at large.  

Can you believe that in 2012, in this area there is still only one doctor for 250,000 individuals in this remote region?

With your help the Clinic will ensure students, their elderly grandmothers, and the community at-large have access to aspirin and pills for malaria.   We recently lost two grandmothers who were caring for their orphaned grandchildren to malaria, a disease that is entirely preventable!

NAOP needs your generous donation to help Dr. Daniel, a local contract physician to staff and open the doors on a daily basis rather than only 1-2 times a week.

Health Education sessions are carried out every Monday at Clinic for the grannies and the community. 1,401 consultations were done at Mummy Drayton School Clinic over the past 90 days.

Donate generously today by marking “clinic” in the memory/honor box on the Donate Now page.

Please donate today!

Together, with your help, we are making history.  From its inception The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project (NAOP) has been about promoting human dignity.  Initially this was focused on orphans but quickly included grandmothers.  Every program NAOP has undertaken has led to the demolishing of barriers to human flourishing.  While there remains much to do, The Mummy Drayton School Clinic will play an important role in assisting individuals and the broader community in preventing and treating disease.  There is simply no higher calling than this.  Few organizations have the capacity and the reach to make such a dramatic impact on the well-being as NAOP.  —Dr. Paul Deweese

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Secondary Student Update: A Note from Education Coordinator, Christine Asiimwe

Izidol from Nyaka Secondary 4
Dear Sponsors,
Warm greetings to all!  Thank you for all you are providing for our oldest students.  They are well on their way through secondary school and we are very excited.  Imagine!  We have watched them grow since they were just little babes.  Thank you for loving them as we do.

First Term ended on a successful note.  However, we are sad to report that two students did not return to school after the break.  We are always sad to see our students go - especially under difficult circumstances.  One of our young woman students dropped out and a young man was taken to another school by his guardians.  The case management costs you provide with your sponsorship are so important.  As this program grows, we hope that more home visits and counseling can be provided to every student enrolled with The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.

Second term started on May 13th, 2013.  Our students’ academic performances vary and are determined by factors like hard work, background and the school location.  Many are working hard and improving their scores.  Those that are not performing well are being counseled and offered additional support to help improve their performance.  The S.4 students are looking forward to joining S.5. The mock exams at the end of this term will give us a picture of their academic abilities and help us determine whether to guide a few students toward their chosen vocational path.  The efforts of their teachers are very much appreciated by all.
We have had very few cases of disciplinary problems.  We had a meeting with guardians to facilitate support and good communication.  It appears the students facing disciplinary action are improving their behavior.  We will all work to continue with their guidance and counseling.  We all want them to have the best future's their education can provide them.  
Our students are generally in good health.  Two boys at Ishaka Adventist College had eye problems.  I took them to an optician at Ishaka and now they are fine and studying well. Two girls who are HIV positive are healthy and have not fallen sick since this term began.  
When I visited St. Gerald’s, it was a sports day. I was happy because some of our students are doing well in games and sports. 
Whenever I visit our students, they are always happy, and they feel encouraged.  During our meeting with the guardians, we encouraged and emphasized the importance of family visits. Schools encourage and emphasize this and I also appeal to the managers that whenever there is opportunity try to visit our students and give them just a word of encouragement.  

Thank YOU for your letters to the children you sponsor.  Your words help us encourage them to continue studying hard.  Similar to their families and staff, you are their role models too.
The St. Charles Senior fours had their study tour and those of Ishaka are having it at the end of this month.  
Allow me conclude by thanking YOU for your support, the Board of Directors and the management for their tireless efforts and contributions to make Nyaka what it is. Thank you 
Christine Kasiime
Education Coordinator

PS - For more information on how you too can become a sponsor, CLICK HERE!

Monday, July 2, 2012


Do you ever wonder what it's like to volunteer for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project?

Below, Dr. Vanessa Brooks Herd reminisces on her first visit to our projects on the ground in Nyakagyezi, Uganda.  Since her first visit, Dr. Herd has spent her time raising funds to purchase goats for our Grandmother Project.  The cost of a goat is $42 and she has purchased 16 so far!

Join her! - Purchase a goat for one of our grandmothers TODAY!

She has also organized a group of students from Saginaw Valley State University to volunteer.  They have just returned!

Enjoy this snapshot of life as a Nyaka volunteer!
“As I sat on Delta flight 9318 in Kigali, after 15 hours flying, 2 ½ hours layover, and a 45 minute delay, two passengers asked if I was “going home”.  Surprised, I answered no, but perhaps my response was premature.  Maybe I was actually coming home just unaware.  Having visited twenty countries on six continents and 36 of the 50 United States, no place initially fit better than Uganda. 

There was an instant level of comfort and strange familiarity the origin of which even three months later remains mysterious.  I do not intend to glamorize the experience for there were indeed minor travel mishaps.  I arrived but my luggage did not. The electricity “finished” while I was unpacking my flashlight and; of course, there was as predicted no hot water in the village.  Even so, I was most comfortable.  As I sipped Uganda tea sitting on the lawn, I inhaled the sunset and my soul vowed to return. 

The road trip from Kampala up country to the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Schools provided a perspective of Uganda unscripted for travel brochures. Ugandans involved in the routines of daily activities appeared undisturbed by the vehicle, which sped along the road carrying me to places both in Uganda and within me that I did not know existed.  The country is lush, abundantly green, and resplendent with natural beauty.  The people with an array of brown skin tones and warm smiles enhance the natural beauty.  Indeed, the mountainous country and the beauty of the people combined with the exotic animals form a snapshot of the Garden of Eden. [...]
For more information on our International Volunteer Program click here.  If you are wondering what you can do to help from where you are, send an email to