Nyaka Presentation - Geared for Teachers, Educators


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Nyaka Presentation - Geared for Teachers, Educators

  1. 1. Nyaka AIDS Orphans School “ For our children’s sake”
  2. 2. The situation in Uganda… <ul><li>2.2 million AIDS orphans (and rising!) </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 1 million people living with HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>110,000 children living with HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>40% - 60% of all orphans live in grandmother-headed households </li></ul><ul><li>HIV infection rates are twice as high for youth who do not finish primary school </li></ul><ul><li>Over 90% of caregivers are women and girls (girls are pulled out of school to do this) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Conditions affecting the pandemic <ul><li>Extreme poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of clean water </li></ul><ul><li>Children unable to attend school </li></ul><ul><li>No electricity or solar power </li></ul><ul><li>Poor nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Women and girls treated as second class citizens </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who suffers from this crisis? <ul><li>Orphans – 5,000 alone in Kanungu District where our school is. Over 2.2 million countrywide. </li></ul><ul><li>They suffer from lack of access to food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education </li></ul><ul><li>Grandmothers – Elderly and poor, the grandmothers are the heroes of the AIDS crisis in Africa. Some grannies are taking care of over 10 children at a time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Nyaka Model: Philosophy <ul><li>We believe in the following: </li></ul><ul><li>All people have the right to education, shelter, health care, and love. </li></ul><ul><li>All people have the right to advocate for and implement change in their own lives. </li></ul><ul><li>All people deserve a voice. </li></ul><ul><li>We are united by our belief we are all one human family created equal and loved by God. </li></ul>Nyaka uses a community-based approach and is committed to developing sustainable solutions to the challenges presented by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  6. 6. About Nyaka & Kutamba <ul><li>Overall goal: To build a self-sustaining, community-based free primary school for AIDS orphans in rural areas of Uganda. </li></ul><ul><li>We are committed to serving the greater proportion of the 5,000 orphans in the surrounding communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Nyaka was official opened in 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, Nyaka is a full-fledged primary school (Levels 1-7 with 216 students). </li></ul><ul><li>Added a new school in 2007: Kutamba School (Levels 1-3 with 92 students). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Nyaka Programs <ul><li>1.) Free Primary Education </li></ul><ul><li>2.) Basic medical and health care </li></ul><ul><li>3.) Nutrition and Community Garden </li></ul><ul><li>4.) Anti-AIDS Club </li></ul><ul><li>5.) Clean Gravity Water System </li></ul><ul><li>6.) Volunteer Program </li></ul><ul><li>7.) Vocational Training Program </li></ul><ul><li>8.) Grannies Project </li></ul><ul><li>9.) Microfinance Project </li></ul><ul><li>10.) Physical Education / Social Activities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Free primary education <ul><li>Our main focus at Nyaka is to provide the children with an education. </li></ul><ul><li>This year – Nyaka has reached a major milestone with the first graduation taking place on December 28, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Graduating from primary school goes a long way towards keeping these youth safe from HIV/AIDS. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Basic Medical & Health Care <ul><li>A nurse at Nyaka provides free health care for the children and host families. </li></ul><ul><li>The nurse also provides basic sanitation and hygiene training. </li></ul><ul><li>An expansion of our medical and health care services is currently in the works. We hope to provide even more services including a vitamin program for the children at Nyaka and Kutamba Schools. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Nutrition & Community Garden <ul><li>Nyaka provides free seeds to families in the district in order to help improve nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a community garden in which the children help plant and tend to the vegetables. </li></ul><ul><li>This is an important program at Nyaka. Seeds are provided through the generosity of Seed and Light Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Anti-AIDS Club <ul><li>A group of students travel around the community raising awareness about HIV/AIDS through songs, dances, and skits. </li></ul><ul><li>The arts are a big part of Ugandan culture and play a huge role in educating the community about HIV/AIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>Our kids call this “Singing Away AIDS.” </li></ul><ul><li>Watching them perform is the highlight of any trip to Nyaka. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Clean Gravity Water System <ul><li>A vastly important program for two reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>1.) This water system provides clean water to over 9,500 people in the district. </li></ul><ul><li>2.) This system also saves girls lives. By keeping access points throughout the community, young girls don’t have to travel deep into the bush to fetch and risk getting accosted by man preying on them. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Volunteer Program <ul><li>Volunteers come to Nyaka throughout the year and provide services and love to the orphans and community. </li></ul><ul><li>They are vital to the continued development of our schools. </li></ul><ul><li>We currently have one college (University of Prince Edward Island in Canada) providing education interns for one month of the year. </li></ul><ul><li>We hope to have another college on board later this year. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Vocational Training Program <ul><li>A significantly large majority of Uganda’s population is under the age of 25. </li></ul><ul><li>Not all students are blessed with academic talent. As a result, vocational training is an important element of our school curriculum to prepare our students for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Plans are being made to build a vocational farm for our graduates in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only will this provide further educational opportunities for our students, but will also take Nyaka a step closer towards being a self-sustaining project. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Grannies Project <ul><li>This project provides a support and educational network for these heroic women – the true heroes of the AIDS pandemic in Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition and sanitation education </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting classes </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Latrine construction </li></ul><ul><li>Microfinance / Business training </li></ul>
  16. 16. Microfinance Project <ul><li>A project being developed to use the grannies talents to generate more income in order to enable them to provide for the children in their homes. </li></ul><ul><li>Training has already been provided through the Grannies Project. </li></ul><ul><li>Project ideas for starting a business include: basket-making, sewing and making school uniforms, selling fruits and vegetables, and jewelry-making. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Physical Education & Social Activities <ul><li>The children are provided with opportunities for fun and development outside of the classroom environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The children especially enjoy playing football (soccer) and netball. </li></ul><ul><li>They recently have been learning basketball and were introduced to frisbee. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Future Projects <ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational Farm Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction begins </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nursery School programs for both Nyaka and Kutamba Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Community Library project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction begins </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Classroom Involvement with Nyaka <ul><li>1.) English – Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Pen Pal project </li></ul><ul><li>Persuasive Letter – Students can write a letter persuading people to help the orphans at Nyaka School. </li></ul><ul><li>2.) Social Studies – World Cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Invite us to give a presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about Uganda and the effect of HIV/AIDS on children </li></ul><ul><li>3.) Other activities </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a fundraiser </li></ul><ul><li>Make a film, make posters, think creatively and out of the box </li></ul>Sensio holding a letter and photo of his penpal from Hope Middle School in Holt, Michigan.
  20. 20. McDonald Middle School Friends of Nyaka <ul><li>7 th grade Middle School students from East Lansing, MI held a fundraiser after hearing a presentation about Nyaka in their school. </li></ul><ul><li>They were particularly touched by the story of a young Ugandan girl who suffered burns on over 85% of her body. </li></ul><ul><li>In response to this, the students held a fundraiser to purchase solar lamps for the children at Nyaka. </li></ul>McDonald students raised $390 for solar lamps. Solar lamps help prevent severe burns caused by highly flammable paraffin lamps.
  21. 21. Hope Middle School <ul><li>Testimony from classroom teacher, Heather Simon: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am so thankful for Nyaka. They brought a school half way around the world to our classroom. The energy in the room that morning was powerful, but what is amazing to me is the momentum of that energy. Each day, one of my students is connecting our learning or an individual conversation we have to the students of Nyaka. Open up some of my students’ lockers, and the first thing you see is the picture of their pen pal. Many have purchased frames for their new friend so they have a special spot in their bedroom. Upon reflection, I realized that the opportunity afforded my students and I is a real, personal connection to another human being - a human being that is too often over looked in our world. </li></ul><ul><li>I greatly appreciate Nyaka for taking the next step in uniting our children - therefore, giving more hope to a more united future. I thank the students of Nyaka for bringing so much love and joy into my students’ hearts - from a simple letter. Wow - the power of words!” </li></ul>
  22. 22. What you can do to help? <ul><li>1.) Make a pledge to support Nyaka on a monthly basis. </li></ul><ul><li>2.) Invite Nyaka to give a presentation to your school, church, or community group. </li></ul><ul><li>3.) Start a Friends of Nyaka group in your community. </li></ul><ul><li>4.) Start a Grandmothers Group in your community. </li></ul><ul><li>5.) Not sold on us yet – come visit and volunteer at Nyaka! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Learn more <ul><li>Visit our website: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nyakaschool.org </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our blog: </li></ul><ul><li>http://nyakanews.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to our YouTube channel: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/user/crs2372 </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our online store: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cafepress.com/nyakaschool </li></ul>
  24. 24. Nyaka Film commemorating World AIDS Orphans Day