The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural
Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty, and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.
We work to break down the barriers that prevent our Students, Grandmothers, and
Community Members from rising out of poverty. Our organization helps over 7,000
Grandmothers and the 43,000 Children that they are caring for.
In the last 15 years we have accomplished the following and more:
We have built 2 primary schools, 1 secondary school, and are educating over 700 students.
Our first class of students are now eligible to go to college, and our first
student was just accepted into Vancouver Island University!
We provide all students with free tuition, uniforms, shoes, school supplies,
sanitary products, and everything else they need to get their education.
We believe in empowering our students, their care-takers which are usually elderly
Grandmothers who have lost their own children to AIDS, and the entire community, not just our students.
We have two libraries near the schools so students have access to a safe place to
study, have access to books and newspapers, computers and e-readers, and is lit by solar powered lighting. Community members are also encouraged to use the libraries.
We started a farm and nutrition program that feeds all of our students two meals a
day, which is sometimes the only meals they get. Students are also encouraged to
take left over produce home to share with their families.
We have two gravity fed water systems that provide safe drinking water, and we
distribute jerry cans and rain barrels.
We also have a free medical clinic and school nurses to ensure that our students,
their families, and community members have access to free health care and HIV/AIDS testing.
We believe that education is a powerful tool, so we have two student led Anti-AIDS
Choirs that speak on radio programs, sing, and perform in front of all of our
students and community members, educating them about the risks and effects of
We provide houses, smokeless kitchens, and pit latrines to the neediest of
Grandmothers who are caring for AIDS orphans.
We also provide farming tools, and micro-finance loans to Grandmothers so that they can start businesses and provide for themselves and the children they care for.
We also have a basket program that we operate using fair trade principals so that
Grandmothers can make money by weaving baskets and making paper bead jewelry.
We are also the largest employer in the area and have been a boost to the local
We are making a difference in the lives of people in Uganda everyday and we are also inspiring people in your community to make a difference too. We value our
Volunteers, all of their time, and ideas. It is largely because of our Volunteers
that we have been able to accomplish everything that we have in the last 14 years.
We hope that you will join our efforts in making a difference in this world in which
we all share.
To learn more about Nyaka you can feel free to watch some of our videos:
What A House Can Mean
Two Schools Two Meals
Poverty and Hunger