The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is giving a hand to several thousand of the most deprived orphans in southwestern Uganda. Having tragically lost their own children to AIDS, Nyaka’s grandmothers are now raising their orphaned grandchildren without social security, health care, retirement, child welfare, or basic housing. The Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project takes a unique holistic human rights-based approach to combating pervasive hunger and ending the cycle of poverty. As part of the holistic approach, the project provides the 7,301 grandmothers that are collectively raising 43,000 orphaned grandchildren with the resources and skills to raise their grandchildren in a healthy and nurturing environment. They support the grandmothers through offering 98 support groups across two districts that span over 1,000 square miles. The project provides these unsung heroes with economic opportunities that help them care for their grandchildren, and employs several Grandmother Coordinators who train them on practical life skills such as parenting, grief management, gardening, nursing, leadership, and business development.
The Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project also operates two primary schools in two rural villages in Uganda. Its highly trained teachers and support staff are educating 462 children this year, which includes 60 preschool aged children. Furthermore, it is paying for 294 students to attend secondary school,high school, vocational training, and university. The project is in the process of building a secondary school campus. In addition to providing a quality education in a nurturing environment, it also provides students with two meals per day, uniforms, books, medical care, and supplies.
"Cornerstone" the film
"CORNERSTONE: Building a Brighter Future for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Rural Uganda" is the inspiring documentary film about the journey of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans project. The film is by award-winning director Debi Lang and touches on Jackson's moving personal story.
Learn more about this inspiring documentary here, and watch the trailer below.
The Power of Grandmothers
Jackson Kaguri, founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans project, describes the amazing story of how grandmothers are helping to raise the orphans of Nyaka, while also empowering the community.
Volunteering at Nyaka
To find out more about volunteering at Nyaka, visit their Volunteering + Intern page here.