Nyaka UK aims to offer support and funding to NGOs working with orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children as well as the grandmothers who care for them.
Southwest Uganda is a remote, rural area, bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo and is home to over half a million people, most of whom live in extreme poverty, earning less than £1 a day. There is a reliance on subsistence farming which is predominantly undertaken by women, mainly grandmothers, who are the primary carers to many biological and non-biological children.
Nyaka UK will support these vulnerable communities to ensure that they have continued access the education, skills and opportunities they need to grow and prosper.
What do we do?
The organisation Nyaka was originally founded in Uganda in 2001.
Since then, Nyaka has developed and expanded, providing holistic support through four main programmes, namely:
The prevention of Sexual and Gender based violence (SGBV)
Nyaka currently supports 15,000 grandmothers, who are caring for more than 60,000 orphaned or vulnerable biological and non-biological grandchildren.
Our first campaign, in early 2021, focused on improving sanitation.
Together, we fundraised to help provide soap for grandmothers and their families in southwest Uganda. This was part of a drive to protect community members from Covid-19.
Our current focus
We are launching our next campaign in line with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021.
Our fundraising focuses on raising money to buy water harvesting tanks for grandmothers in southwest Uganda.
By purchasing these tanks we can reduce the amount of grandmothers and grandchildren that have to walk long distances to collect water, risking sexual and physical assault.
Nyaka UK Board members include:
Beatrice Hamujuni-Smith – Chair
Simon Taylor – Treasurer
Evie Dickinson – Vice Chair