Friday, August 4, 2017

Nyaka Young Tech Innovators

The Nyaka Young Tech Innovators Club is an up and coming club at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS). It’s a team of 5 girls, ages 13 to 15, who started the club in July 2016 because they had an interest in technology. Ruth, Primah, Uditah, Immaculate, and Shamim, founded the Nyaka Young Innovators Club on the belief that, “To improve African Education, focus on Technology and Innovation”. They want to accumulate knowledge and skills to have the opportunity to develop their own solutions to local problems. At the time they formed the club, they didn’t have any knowledge about robotics and computer programming but said what they did have was ideas. 

The club meets every day to work on projects and pitch ideas. A recent project they finished is a wirelessly controlled robot. The robot can move around in different directions and be controlled with a smartphone, computer, or tablet. The club is looking forward to adding other features like a camera, temperature sensor, ultrasonic sensors and making it more powerful to increase the speed.The girls are also working on an app called the Patient Care App (PCA), which will help remind people when it is time to take their medications or make a doctor’s appointment.

These young innovators are working towards improving the well-being of people through the use of technology to solve their most pressing challenges. Thank you for building them a school that can give them access to this type of technology. Without YOU, these girls wouldn’t have the chance to build their ideas and dreams!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Maritina and Shallon are Going to Malawi!

Two Nyaka students are among the 100 girls selected to participate in the Girls’ STEAM Camp in Malawi this summer!  Maritina is from Nyaka Vocational Secondary School and Shallon is from Grace High School.  They were selected from a highly competitive application process.  This is the third annual Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp (STEAM= Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics).  WiSci Malawi will bring together 100 high school girls from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and the United States, to work together to enhance their STEAM skills, empower them to develop their leadership potential, and build camaraderie and networks that will propel them to new opportunities in STEAM fields.

The theme of WiSci 2017 is using technology to create a safer, more secure world, with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.  Maritina and Shallon are among the six students from Uganda who will represent Nyaka, and the nation at large, on this platform scheduled to take place on  July 29th - August 15th in Malawi at The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).  Instructors and trainers from private sector partners including Google, Intel, NASA, and ASM will lead classes introducing students to topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Thank YOU for supporting Maritina, Shallon, and all of the girls at Nyaka.  YOU provide them with opportunities that they never dreamed possible!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mwebale Munonga from Your Grandmothers

Your grandmothers are thankful for all of the love and support you have shown them.
In 2016 a total of 18 grandmother homes were built along with 25 kitchens and 25 latrines!  
It was also a very successful year for loan disbursement and recovery.  The total loan amount in circulation right now is UGX 305,822,700 ($92,673 USD) and is distributed between 79 granny groups.  In 2016, microloans worth UGX 265,000,000 ($80,303 USD) were disbursed to 62 granny groups and loans worth UGX 234,301,300 ($71,000 USD) were recovered by the end of 2016!  The grandmothers who receive microfinance loans are able to sustain their homes and even repay their loans quickly.
This year, the Grandmother Project will be supporting 7,301 grandmothers in 98 granny groups across Uganda:
  • In Kanungu the Grandmother Project covers 17 sub counties in the district with 4,031 grannies in 56 groups
  • In Rukungiri the Grandmother Project covers 4 sub counties in the district with 2,970 grannies in 36 groups. 
Your grandmothers and the children they are raising say “Mwebale Munonga” (thank you very much).  We can’t wait to see what you make possible next!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The 2017 School Year in Uganda is Underway

Kutamba nursery students on their first day of school
The 2017 school year is underway in Uganda and your students have settled in nicely. The first day of school officially kicked off on February 6th. This year, 768 students from nursery school through university are enrolled, thanks to your support.

• 234 students are attending Nyaka Primary School

• 229 students are attending Kutamba Primary School

• 160 students are attending Nyaka Vocational Secondary School

• 145 students are on scholarships attending different secondary schools, vocational schools, or universities

NVSS students receiving their dorm supplies
The nursery students were really excited to receive their brand new school uniforms and shoes. This was a special day for them because it marked the beginning of their academic journey. It was also a big day for students starting their first year of secondary school. They received supplies for their dormitories which included items like toiletries, jerry cans, sheets, pillows and mattresses. These supplies seem like everyday necessities, but for many of the students the night of February 6th was the first time they ever slept on a mattress.

Your students are looking forward to a great year thank you for making it possible for them!
Young men at NVSS on their first day of school
Nyaka nursery students on their first day of school

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What a trip…

Pastor Andrew Pomerville is the senior pastor at The Peoples Church of East Lansing, MI. In December 2016 he visited Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda for the 2nd time!  Please enjoy one of this blog posts from his visit and follow him to read more about the experience HERE

My head is spinning. So much to process and so little time to sit and put it all together. This has been an outstanding past two weeks. Without hesitation or qualification, I can happily say our trip to Uganda to partner with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project was an overwhelming success. For 11 days, I traveled with my wife, Rachell, Kurt and Pete, Jamie Morris, and executive director and founder of Nyaka, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. This was my second trip in the past two years to work with Nyaka in Uganda. The Peoples Church has supported this outstanding organization for nearly a decade, with the support beginning before I arrived in East Lansing as their pastor.

Over the next few days I will post a rundown of each day on the trip. Until then, here is a brief list of highlights: 

  • Visited 3 schools and interacted with over 500 students and dozens of faculty and staff.
  • Toured the Mummy Drayton Clinic
  • Explored the two libraries and support facilities established by Nyaka.
  • Assisted in the construction of a grandmother house that was paid for by generous members of The Peoples Church in honor of Dr. Curt Liechty, a friend and congregant who visited Nyaka in 2015 shortly before his unexpected passing.
  • Attended the world premier of the independent film, “Cornerstone,” a groundbreaking documentary exploring the history, founding, and continuing excellence of Nyaka.
  • Preached and spoke to each school for their devotional period
  • Keynoted the local Rotary club meeting in Kihihiimg
  • Took a day to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we saw all manner of wildlife.
  • Crossed the equator four times – twice by car and twice by boat
  • Ate incredible Ugandan food with even better people in all parts of the country. 

There is so much more to this past trip but this gives a good start. I’ll take a look at each day and include photos and video for each day of the trip. Until then, thank you for your prayers while we were away and please know how much the children of Nyaka appreciate your continuing support. Peace be with you and thanks for reading.