Protecting and nurturing our children so they learn, grow, and thrive

What We Do

Nyaka Canada is a registered charity (charity # 785719543 RR 0001) led by a voluntary board, that believes education is at the heart of changing lives and breaking the cycle of poverty. 

We partner with rural communities in southwest Uganda to provide sponsorships for students to receive a quality education and for grandmother home projects to ensure grandmother caregivers and their biological and non-biological grandchildren have adequate and structurally sound shelter.

Poverty levels for these communities remain high with families earning on average $2.04 per day, below the World Bank figure for extreme poverty of $2.38 per day.

Some of the Board members have witnessed the transformational power of education through sponsoring students from NAOP over the years and other members come from neighbouring districts in southwest Uganda.

The Board understands the challenges faced in this region and the need to promote education that is inclusive, relevant and of high quality.


Nyaka Canada works with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project (NAOP) in southwest Uganda.

Founded by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri in 2001 to ensure economically poor, orphaned and vulnerable children from his community have the opportunity to receive an education for a better outcome and are nurtured and cared for within their communities.

Today NAOP has transformed from a two-roomed classroom of 55 students into a student body of over 700 students learning in three schools across two districts. Rooted in a holistic community-based approach, NAOP assists a network of 20,000 grandmother caregivers who self govern and lead 254 grandmother groups across the southwestern rural landscape.


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Nyaka Canada Board Members 2022

Dr. Graham Pike (Chair)
Dr. Peter Bikangaga (Vice-Chair)
Kehinde Mohammed (Treasurer)
Ellen Smyth (Secretary)
Heather Pastro (Committee Member)
Nadine Cruickshanks (Committee Member)
Sarah Sibrovan (Committee Member)
Zura Kiwoga (Committee Member)