All photos by:  Brenda Phillips
Website created by:  Brenda Phillips and Robin Anderson

NYAKA AIDS

ORPHANS PROJECT

Nyakagyezi, Uganda

The HIV/AIDS crisis claimed millions of lives and left 1.1 million HIV/AIDS parentless children in its wake.
 

What started a one man's dream to build a school for the homeless children of his community turned out to be so much more.
 

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is a holistic approach to community development, education and health care.

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project provides placement, tuition, uniforms, and school expenses for all students’ secondary and high school education. In addition, they continue to oversee our children’s development, including counseling and medical care.

In order to sustain the School Meals program, Nyaka needed to reduce our overall cost of food. The holistic solution was to create Desire Farm, which sits on 10 acres of farmland.

It was developed in 2009 to produce grain, vegetables, meat, and milk for the children. 

Thanks to the Clean Gravity-Fed Water System, which was constructed in 2005 at Nyaka Primary School, students have access to fresh drinking water. In addition to providing clean water to Nyaka, it serves 17,500 people at three public schools, two private schools, three churches, and more than 120 households in the community.

The Mummy Drayton School Clinic is located in the village of Nyakagyezi right across the street from Nyaka Primary School.

Two nurses and a part-time doctor staff the clinic. It is open to the entire community and provides services and medications to Nyaka students and grandmothers free of charge.