Nyaka would not be where it is today without the efforts of people all over the world who have contributed their time, talent, and treasure for our children's sake. We are forever grateful for your support.

Our Mission

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.

Moved to Act
In 1996, Twesigye "Jackson" Kaguri's life took an unexpected turn. He was living the American dream. He had an excellent education and was ready to explore opportunities, travel, and have fun. Then Jackson came face-to-face with Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic. His brother died of HIV/AIDS, leaving him to care for his three children. One year later, his sister died of HIV/AIDS, also leaving behind a son. It was through his own personal experience this native Ugandan saw the plight of orphans in his village of Nyakagyezi. He knew he had to act. He took the $5,000 he had saved for a down payment on his own home and built the first Nyaka School. You can read more about Jackson's journey in his book, "A School for My Village".


To break the cycle of systematic poverty in rural areas of Uganda.

The HIV/AIDS Pandemic In Uganda

Over 1.1 million children in Uganda have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Both extended family members and orphanages face enormous obstacles in attempting to care for these children. These orphans and other vulnerable children go without basic human needs that many of us take for granted, including: food, shelter, clothing, health care, and education.

Orphans in Uganda are often forced to fend for themselves, making them responsible for income generation, food production, and care for sick parents and siblings. These orphans may also be the first to be denied education when their families cannot afford to educate all of the children in their household.

Operating Philosophy And Guiding Principle

At the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, we believe we are all one family created by God, born equally, with the duty to help one another. We believe all human beings have the right to education, food, shelter, basic health care, respect, and love. We believe a high-quality education is the key to empowering people to transform themselves and live a positive life. We also believe that sustainable, ethical, community-based solutions are the best way to address the current need in rural Uganda.

The Nyaka Board Of Directors

Our Board welcomes any comments and/or questions you might have for them. To contact them, please visit our Contact Page and direct your question and/or comment to the desired board member in the comment section.

The Nyaka Board Of Advisors

  • Promise Ambrose
  • Mr. Robert Auld, Chairperson Emeritus
  • Dr. Sam Carpenter
  • Dr. Nancy Colier
  • Dr. Deborah Delmer
  • Dr. Paul Deweese
  • Mr. Rolf Dietrich
  • Ms. Diane Goldberg Hunckler
  • Ms. Deborah Hutton
  • Prof. Mondo Kagonyera
  • Marlene LaPorte
  • René Montgomery
  • Dr. Jude Mugerwa, Secretary
  • Dr. Graham Pike
  • Justice Ogoola
  • Ms. Carol Realini
  • Mr. Larry Sallee
  • Mr. Seow Cheng Soon
  • Ms. Clare Strenger
  • Dr. Snea Thinsan
  • Ms. Jennifer Thomson, Immediate Past-President
  • Dr. Fred Tinning
  • Dr. Dale Val
  • Mr. Aime Wata
  • Prof. Mohamed Zefzaf

Nyaka Staff

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project would not be where it is today without the efforts of our United States staff and 43 teachers and support staff in Uganda. Learn more about our staff by clicking on their photos below.