Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Welcome back Tara and Lynette!

Two incredible volunteers have returned from Uganda!

Tara and Lynette, traveled to Nyaka earier this month. Tara says, “One of the most resounding memorable things to me was…the welcoming unconditional love that we received form the people in Uganda.” She tells us in her blog, “I’m not going to call it a ‘once in a lifetime trip’ because I’ll be back.”

Click here to read more about Tara and Lynette’s journey:

As part of their volunteer effort they took on the challenge of raising $2,000 to pay for two homes for grannies, which they accomplished earlier this summer. While visiting Nyaka Tara took photo updates of our 600 students for our Sponsor-A-Student program. Meanwhile Lynette taught bookkeeping to our grannies, which included revolving funds, micro-finance, and determining good investments.

It is because of volunteers like Tara and Lynette that your students and grannies accomplish the things they do. To learn more about volunteering in Uganda, check out our website at

Sunday, September 23, 2012

#CGI2012 - Our Commitment is Our Design to Impact!

Today, Clinton Global Initiative began.

World changers from all over the planet, are coming together to learn, to plan and to develop ways to do more for the communities they serve.

Isn't that what we are all wondering at Nyaka? 

How can we do more?
How can we save more lives?
How can we serve more children and more grandmothers than ever before?

With Uganda having the most HIV/AIDS orphans than any Sub-Saharan African country, we have to roll up our sleeves and push hard to reach out further every year.

This year, the Founder & Executive Director of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, attends The Clinton Global Initiative with a new commitment.

You can follow his LIVE tweets @Twejaka.  Be sure to follow #CGI2012 too!

It is your commitment.  It is what you want to do for the grandmothers of Nyaka that fuels this vision.

Your generosity has already provided services for 7,000 grandmothers.  The homes you have built, the clean water you have provided and the seeds that you have given them, impacts an additional 35,000 indirect beneficiaries - most of them children.

You have done some serious good!

You can do more.  We are planning to do more.

The commitment that we announced today at Clinton Global Initiative is extending our services to grandmothers into three more districts.

You are going to see services provided to thousands of grandmothers that will change the lives of children in three more communities.  We will be sharing our commitment with foundations, organizations, international corporations and individuals that may partner with you to make your commitment a reality.  Nothing is impossible.

The dedication and fortitude of the grandmothers is why they are our true heroes.  They take the services that you provide for them and share with those in need around them.

They are strong, unselfish and resourceful. You have given them a hope they can rely on.

Thank you for your commitment to the grandmothers of Nyaka. 


The Nyaka Team

 PS - Did you watch the Opening Plenary Session of The Clinton Global Initiative?  You still can.  Check out the video below and visit to keep up with the schedule as #CGI2012 continues!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Double Your Impact!

From August 13th-17th, 2012, your support provided fifty-eight Nyaka grandmothers the opportunity to attend the Kutamba Grannies Workshop. The conference was attended by 3 representatives from each of the 19 granny groups in the Nyakishenyi and Buyanja sub-countries.

Through the program our grannies were trained on various topics to allow them to grow as individuals and take back their new knowledge to their hometown groups. One of our grannies, Hope, says she learned “some good leadership skills and challenges, the role of grandmothers, caring about children with HIV/AIDS, parenting skills, food and nutrition, managing finance.” 
Shown above: Hope

In their testimonials, grandmothers requested more programming like the Kutamba Workshop.  What if you could double your impact today?

What if instead of training 52 grannies with your support, you could train 104?

Commit to a new monthly donation on Global Giving TODAY and have your gift matched by a generous donor at 100%. 

Global Giving has just announced that a generous donor will be matching all new recurring gifts between now and September 7th, 2012. Please consider signing up for an automatic monthly donation in order to continue support of the grandmothers of AIDS orphans in Uganda.

Your $25 will turn into $50!

52 grannies can be 104 grannies with your support!

Dorah, tells us “I request the initiators to keep on giving us these refresher courses, at least per year. More trainings are needed for the rest of the grandmothers.”
Shown above: Dorah

With your support grannies like Hope and Dorah can continue to receive training so they can connect with other grannies and learn the skills necessary to help care for their grandchildren. On average, each granny supports up to seven children and  currently you provide support for nearly 7,000 grandmothers in southwest Uganda.

Click here to commit to a new monthly donation.  You are saving lives!

For more information about our Grandmother Project please see: