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Sharing our Story- Nyaka’s Inspirational Speakers


At Nyaka we are proud to share the story of our origins and our achievements to date as well as information on how you can help us to support even more children, grandmothers and survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

About Nyaka Founder and CEO, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Jackson was born and raised in Uganda in the small village of Nyakagezi. His unquenchable desire to learn led him to study at and graduate from Makerere University in Kampala, where he co-founded the human rights organization, Human Rights Concerns, to help victims of human rights violations in Uganda and to educate the public about their rights. 

In the 1990s he became a visiting scholar at Columbia University where he studied Human Rights Advocacy and contributed to international community efforts as a human rights advocate, fundraiser, and inspirational speaker. In 2001, Jackson founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his village in Uganda. In 2010, he resigned as Interim Senior Director of Development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University to focus full-time on The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. 

Jackson has been named a 2012 CNN Hero, a Heifer International Hero, recognized in Time Magazine’s ‘Power of One’ Series, and spoken to the UN about his work. His journey – and Nyaka’s story- are documented in two published books (A Stone for my Village and Victory for my Village) and a short film CORNERSTONE. 

To invite Jackson to speak please contact Wendy at [email protected]

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