Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Teaching Cultural Awareness

“Teaching today, more than ever, needs to emphasize cultural awareness. The way we think and act is shaped by culture. It is important that students recognize that they are a part of a greater community filled with many different perspectives.

To help my first year seminar students with this, I have them read A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka, and identify all of the similarities and differences they see in Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s account of his own childhood and work in Uganda as compared to their own culture. With the support of my colleagues, we have also been able to bring Kaguri in to speak to the students and give them the opportunity to ask him questions giving them more direct exposure to Ugandan culture and how it compares to American values and beliefs. As one of my students wrote,

I really enjoyed hearing Kaguri speak. It made what I read more realistic and ‘in my face.’”

Kaguri’s talks have been well received by students and faculty alike and have even inspired some of our students to do more.  

I was an First Year Seminar student last year and was moved by this organization and wanted to do something to help the children in Africa, I aimed for a more individual approach at first but then realized I could do more by drumming up support from the students here at the university.”

Reflecting on the information in Kaguri’s book and his presentations has helped my students apply a more global perspective in their evaluation of different cultural identities and the interactions that occur between them in our increasingly interconnected world.”

Laura Zimmerman
Professor of Psychology
Shenandoah University

Thank you Laura, and your students, for all you do for Nyaka. You are enabling growth for our students and grannies in Uganda!

Check out A School For My Village to learn more about Kaguri’s story and how you can bring a global perspective into the classroom.

Join our National Friends of Nyaka Group on Facebook to learn more about forming your own student led chapter TODAY!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Secondary School Updates!

Dear Sponsors,

Our secondary students thank YOU!

We are very excited about the progress they are making. It’s hard to believe it is already the third term of the school year!

The term officially opened on September 3, 2012. We thank God for having kept and sustained our students through the one-month holiday. Many activities were done during the school holiday, like the students work program in Desire Farm, reading and revision by our students at the Blue Lupin Community Library, and two sessions of guidance and counseling for our students and guardians were completed.

A meeting was conducted on August 21, 2012 by our beloved Country Manager, Jennifer Nantale to encourage our students to concentrate and be focused on the importance of their studies. In all of these things, we saw a positive change in your students. They are working very hard to meet their goals!

We thank the Nyaka school teachers, the chairmen of the School Management Committee and the Guardians Teachers Association who sacrificed their time and came in to train and help our students. These students were encouraged to study hard and to take advantage of all of the opportunities lying ahead of them. 

St. Charles Secondary Four students studied for two weeks during the holiday. Muhwezi Stephen of Gables Vocational center reported back to school on August 28, 2012. He is also doing well, especially in practicals.  As this is the promotional term we pray that our students continue to study hard and pass their exams.

In conclusion, I wish to extend my appreciation to you for your support and the Nyaka management for their contribution. Thank you for your letters to the children you sponsor.  Your kind words help us encourage them to continue to face their challenges knowing they have the love and support of those who care for them.  Similar to their families and staff, you are their role models too.

Christine Kasiime
Education Coordinator

Monday, October 1, 2012

Be Mathias' Advocate

Happy Monday!

Phiona is one of our secondary students and this week, you have a chance to be her advocate.

All you have to do is join Pure Charity!

Between October 1st and October 5th Pure Charity is rewarding $2 to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project for every new advocate who signs up for a free account!

All you need is our advocate code and you can register online instantly.

Pure Charity allows you to support the projects you care about, shop to grow your giving, and share a lifestyle of generosity. It links people, charities and businesses together.

You already live generously.  Share Nyaka with your friends!

The promotion begins at 12:00am on Monday, October 1st and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, October 5th. You can sign up through your current Facebook account or make a separate account.

Do three things right now.

  • Join Pure Charity NOW. 
  • Spread the word and invite your friends, family, coworkers, anyone and everyone! 
  • Learn more about Phiona by visiting her project page.

We appreciate all you do for Phiona and the students of Nyaka and Kutamba every day.


Tashmica Torok
Development Associate