Educational Institutions

Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Inc

  • East Lansing, MI
  • www.nyakaschool.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Primary, Secondary, Vocational, and High School
  3. Grandmother Program
  4. Medical Clinic
  5. Other Aspect of Holistic Approach
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project serves orphans and grandmothers in the rural areas of Uganda.

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Keywords

Self-reported

AIDS/HIV, orphans, primary education, nutrition

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Also Known As

STSAD

EIN

35-2153719

Physical Address

2970 E. Lake Lansing Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48823

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We envision the rural communities of Uganda able to build strong community and family structures using holistic and sustainable approaches that address challenges they face due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, with a particular emphasis on grandmothers. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters around the world, NAOP is able to provide students’ medical care, healthy meals, clean water, and more.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Tuition free primary schools - two schools serving more than 200 students. Community health and education programs to improve knowledge about HIV/AIDS and health and sanitation. Community gardening and nutrition program. Grandmothers' support network and microfinance program.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 2

Primary, Secondary, Vocational, and High School

NAOP operates two primary schools in two rural villages in Uganda that are educating 468 children this year. We are also paying for 214 students to attend secondary school or vocational school. NAOP is responsible for 696 children’s education in 2015. One aspect of our organization that is very unique is that our schools are completely free and children are guaranteed an education through high school from the moment they are enrolled into preschool. We believe this creates buy-in from the students to perform at their highest potential. NAOP is in the top 3% of academic performance among 143 other schools in the Kanungu District.

In 2015, NAOP opened its first vocational secondary school. The school will provide free education for NAOP students and allow NAOP to realize earned income from secondary students that haven’t come up through NAOP’s primary classes, but wish to pay for a well-known NAOP education. In addition to providing a quality education in a nurturing environment, we include two meals per day, uniforms, books, and supplies to the students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Grandmother Program

As a part of our holistic human rights-based approach to combating pervasive hunger and poverty, we also serve more than 7,000 grandmothers, through 92 support groups. Having tragically lost their own children to AIDS they are now raising their orphaned grandchildren without social security, health care, retirement, child welfare, or basic housing. Nyaka supports these unsung heroes by providing them a Grandmothers’ Coordinator who trains them on practical life skills such as parenting, gardening, nursing, leadership, and business development. In addition, NAOP has provided many of the most destitute grannies with new stable homes and pit latrines last year, as well as a micro-finance program where they make goods like baskets and jewelry that is sold in the United States. To see samples, please go to https://www.nyakaschool.org/grandmothers

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 4

Medical Clinic

There are hospitals near the villages of Nyakagyezi where Nyaka Primary School is located and Nyakishenyi where Kutamba Primary School is located. However, they are too expensive for Nyaka grandmothers and students. Without healthcare, students miss valuable school days and grandmothers are unable to care for their grandchildren. Nyaka has a nurse on staff at Kutamba Primary School and built the Mummy Drayton School Clinic in the village of Nyakagyezi. When medical needs are greater than what can be provided by the Kutamba school nurse or at the school clinic, We will pay for medical treatment at a local hospital for Nyaka students.

Nyaka also works to provide prevention measures for serious illnesses. We provide life-saving bed nets to Nyaka grandmothers and students to prevent malaria and provide free HIV/AIDS testing to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region.

The Mummy Drayton School Clinic is located in the village of Nyakagyezi right across the street from Nyaka Primary School. It is staffed by two nurses and a part-time doctor. It is open to the entire community and provides services and medications to Nyaka students and grandmothers free of charge. Community members receive services at a much more reasonable rate than the local hospital.

Quote from a former board member and medical volunteer: "From inception The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project has been about promoting human dignity. Initially this was focused on orphans but quickly included grandmothers. Every program we have undertaken has led to the demolishing of barriers to human flourishing. While there remains much to do, The Mummy Drayton School Clinic will play an important role in assisting individuals and the broader community in preventing and treating disease. There is simply no higher calling than this. Few organizations have the capacity and the reach to make such a dramatic impact on the well being of humanity. Together we are making history. In fact, our organization is the forum where hope and history are matched."

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Other Aspect of Holistic Approach

We have a very active Anti-AIDS Choir, a radio program that brings a voice to orphans and grannies, a farm that produces food for the schools, and much more.  Please go to www.nyakaschool.org for more information.

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General Code

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working to break the cycle of systematic poverty in rural areas of Uganda by empowering and educating the most vulnerable populations in this region: HIV/AIDS orphans and their aging grandmothers.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    NAOP uses a holistic, human rights based approach to combat poverty. This means not only giving HIV/AIDS orphans an education, but also addressing: their need for a safe, stable home; their health and nutrition through clean water, healthcare, and by providing healthy meals; and eliminating costs that might present barriers to their education by providing resources like scholastic supplies and school uniforms. NAOP also addresses the needs of their caregivers, mostly their grandmothers, who are living in poverty by empowering them through interventions like micro-finance loans.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    NAOP has strong partnerships with experienced professionals, foundations, and private supporters. All of these groups provided the necessary knowledge and resources to meet the demands of NAOP's mission. NAOP also relies heavily on the wealth of knowledge and skills inherent in the communities it serves to ensure that all interventions fit within the context of the culture. For example, Grandmothers in the Grandmother Program determine how all resources are distributed by democratic vote.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    NAOP measures success by evaluating academic performance of students, self reported data from grandmothers, and by monitoring the overall economic and social benefits in the community through direct observation and reports from community stakeholders.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    NAOP has successfully developed a comprehensive education program that increases the primary school graduation rates of students. NAOP predicts that this will increase the graduation rates of high school students but there is not yet enough data to determine results. NAOP's grandmother program has been very successful at disseminating important information to many grandmothers by empowering grandmothers to teach their peers. This is manifest in higher crop yields among grandmothers who have been trained in improved agriculture. It has also been very successful at increasing the capacity of grandmothers to start and expand businesses.

    NAOP is currently working in response to the threat of sexual assault on children in Southwest Uganda. This was brought to the organization's attention after a young primary student was sexually assaulted by an adult man. NAOP is working to effectively address this issue to prevent further abuse and to assist any survivors of future sexual assaults.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project serves orphans and grandmothers in the rural areas of Uganda.

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Funding Needs

Whether you donate, volunteer or get involved in other ways with Nyaka, your generous support will ensure the advancement of our essential services benefiting the neediest AIDS orphans, their Grandmothers, and the supporting community in rural Uganda. Your gift will help secure the funds necessary to support our programs, resources and critical new initiatives. It will also demonstrate your commitment to making a difference in the world by improving the lives of vulnerable, at-risk children. Some examples of what your tax-deductible donation will provide: $25 - a school uniform, shoes, socks, underwear for one child to attend school, $45 - a mat, blanket, pillow (for cold Ugandan nights), and mosquito net to prevent malaria for one child, $100 - a micro-finance loan for one Grandmother that will help move her closer to economic independence...for more examples please go to www.nyakaschool.org/give.php(http://www.nyakaschool.org/give)

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Financials

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NYAKA AIDS ORPHANS PROJECT INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

BIO

Over 25 years of managerial experience, more than 15 years as a senior development and fundraising experience.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Out of a population of approximately 31 million, Uganda’s AIDS pandemic has resulted in over 1.1 million orphaned children who have lost one or both parents. In addition to the trauma of losing a parent, orphans go without many of the basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. While the African extended family has traditionally stepped in to support orphans, the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has overburdened this traditional safety net. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project was born out of this crisis."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Janis Simon

Board Member of Artists in Real Time, The Segal Foundation, and The University of Hartford

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.
Ugandan
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
More than 98% of NAOP's staff work in Uganda. NAOP focuses on hiring equality for women and persons with disabilities. We do not ask about sexual orientation or gender identity, particularly for staff in Uganda where disclosures of sexual orientation or gender identity can put individuals at risk of assault or, at times, detainment by the Ugandan government.