Nyaka and Kutamba Students Thank YOU!
Your Annual Report for 2011
Your generosity at work!
New in 2011, thanks to the generosity of Reverend Ingrid Scott, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project was able to build The Mummy Drayton School Clinic named after Reverend Scott’s mother. In an area where 250,000 individuals depend on the assistance of one doctor, this is a remarkable advancement. Doctors and dentists from the US helped open the clinic to the community in October and trained the school nurses in some simple medical procedures. Your donations ensure the Clinic has necessary medication and nursing staff for students and their grandmothers. Your continued generosity in 2012 will allow the Clinic to operate at full‐capacity. Your support allowed the fourth class of Nyaka Primary Students to graduate in December 2011. 28 of 29 students graduated with a B or higher in 2011. One student is learning a trade through vocational school! “ The performance of our 2011 Primary 7 Class students is no mean feat for a rural school. While 12 Nyaka students performed at the equivalent of an A, some of Nyaka’s competitors have not had a single student in this same category for more than 5 years.” ‐ Board Member and native Ugandan, Frank Byamugisha In addition to the students enrolled at Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools, you have helped 34,525 orphans and vulnerable children living with their guardians since 2008 through the Grandmother Program. Your donations have provided them access to clean water, vegetable seeds, gardening hoes, blankets, grief counseling, and support.
YOU redefine AWESOME!
The Holistic Approach You Support
Meet Emmy Agaba. Emmy is in the equivalent of second grade at Nyaka Primary School. He is seven years old. Having lost both his mother and father, Emmy lives with his grandmother Nzeramaria Nyinakiiza near Nyakagyezi Village. Nzeramaria has had a difficult life. One of the ninety‐one grandmother groups of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project identified her to be a recipient of a grannie house, clean pit‐latrine, and smokeless kitchen. “Before the new house, whenever it would rain we would have to gather all our bedding into one corner. I didn’t have any income to help thatch my old house. I am old and weak and don’t have the strength to work in my neighbors’ gardens for money,” explains Nzeramaria. “Without Nyaka I don’t know what we would do. My grandson Emmy is studying so hard! I am so proud of him and grateful to Nyaka for this opportunity.” Despite his worn down shoes and living in difficult circumstances Emmy is doing very well at school. His home life is a little better thanks to a sturdy roof over his head because of donors like you. However, he and his grandmother still do not have food security. A recent visitor to Emmy and Nzeramaria’s home observed, “The meals The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project provides Emmy are the only consistent meals he receives. When I asked Mukaaka Nzeramaria what they eat over the weekend, she said ‘If the bananas are ripe, we eat bananas. If our neighbors bring us food, we eat that.’ I gave Emmy some cookies and a bit of candy. After a while, I noticed he was just holding the cookies and I encouraged him to instead enjoy them. After he ate only a small bit, I realized that he was probably saving it to bide the tides of hunger later in the day.” Emmy and his grandmother have to keep their new house locked up during the day to prevent thieves from stealing whatever small amount of food and nominal belongings they have: a ramshackle bed, some tools for farming, and a clothesline. Despite living without electricity and so many obstacles, Emmy is number one in his class!
How YOUR gifts help Nyaka Thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors like you, NAOP was able to and Kutamba students, exist without paid staff for 9 years in the United States. In 2011, in addition to an Executive Director working full‐time, NAOP also invested in both a graduates in secondary bookkeeper, administrative assistant, and full‐time Director of Development. school, and grandmothers This was a critical step toward organizational sustainability and increased infrastructure. Donors like YOU are the very best. Fourteen percent of the increased administrative costs outlined below were covered thanks to an anonymous donor. This allowed 87% of every dollar you donated to directly support the students! NAOP is slated to spend $.80 for every $1.00 donated in 2012 on the programs you love: education of students, clean water at Kutamba Primary School, Desire Farm, Blue Lupin Library, the Grandmother Program, and the medical clinic. Every year we count on your support, love, and care of students make it all possible. THANK YOU! For more detailed financial information please visit www.nyakaschool.org . Please note this chart includes CAD 186,000 from the Stephen Lewis Foundation. These funds were sent directly to Uganda and do not appear on STSAD 2011, Form 990.
Photo credits: Betty Londergan, Tashmica Torok, and John Brewster
Published on May 4, 2012