Fundraising For Nyaka

KIS is proud of our partnership with Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Each year we fundraise to support the work of Jackson Kaguri, Nyaka founder. This year Pangyo elementary opened the fundraising with a special message from past principal Danielle Rich. Her family visited Nyaka and she shared her experience with us. Here Chloe O, Joonsung C and Kevin C, fifth graders from Christine Canales’s class, tell us more about the program.  


What Is Nyaka?

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A doll like the one each Nyaka child is given.

Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is an organization that helps orphans in need and provides them free education with health care. Their mission is to support vulnerable towns in Uganda so that people living in those towns have a “chance to learn, grow, and thrive,” according Nyaka’s site. Nyaka officially started in 2003 as a two room primary school for 55 students, all HIV/AIDS orphans. Jackson Kaguri, the founder and CEO, wanted to help children so that they could go to a good university and achieve their dreams.

The Reason This All Started  

When Jackson was young, he was very poor. Fortunately, he was able to go to school, but with only one fifth of a pencil. Because his dad couldn’t afford to buy one pencil for each child, Jackson and his siblings shared one pencil broken into five pieces. Ultimately, having one fifth of a pencil is the main reason that Jackson went to Columbia University for his college education, because his parents wanted him to have an education.

How KIS Started Supporting Nyaka

Jackson was inspired to make a difference to others after dealing with a hard situation in his own childhood, but he knew he couldn’t do it alone. One day Jackson shared his vision with Kevin Jaramillo, a former KIS educator and also a friend of Jackson. Jokingly, Kevin gave Jackson a few coins from his pocket. But soon, Kevin found out that Jackson was serious, and since then, we, KIS, have been doing our best to support Nyaka.

This Year’s #ONEKIS Goal & Fundraising Efforts

Nyaka4This year’s #ONEKIS goal was raising 24,000,000 KRW to build a field for the Nyaka students. The field will be called the Nyaka Phoenix Field, giving students a place to play. Pangyo and Seoul campus elementary schools made nearly 10,300,000 KRW alone! The incentive was that if you give a certain amount of money – for example 10,000 won – then you got 10 slips of paper that would be inserted into a raffle. If you were chosen then you got a prize. Additionally, students earned extra recess for reaching goal milestones. Besides making flat donations, money was raised through donations to and purchases at the Nyaka Market, through bakes sales, Seoul campus fun run, middle school PE fun run and the 5K family fun run, which was sponsored by the high school’s Friends of Nyaka club.

5C’s Story Of Compassion

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Writers from 5C!

In our class, 5C, we wanted to contribute to the effort so we gave money. With our teacher’s donation and students’ donations we raised 1,040,560 KRW. Another example of this compassion happened on the day of the Nyaka Market, when one teacher gave her own money to her students so they could participate. On the last day of donating we spent a whole block donating to Nyaka because we knew that it would make a difference in the students’ lives. We are proud of our giving and glad to make a difference and helping other kids.


Thank you again Chloe O, Joonsung C and Kevin C for a fantastic article! And thank you Megan Greene (elementary librarian) for guiding the writing process. Photos from Megan and Josh Greene (Seoul campus grade four teacher) and Sarah Marslender. 

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