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.
About EDJA Founder, Tabitha Mpamira
In 2015, moved by her personal encounters with young girls in Southwestern Uganda who had been raped, Tabitha founded Nyaka’s SGBV Program (previously known as The EDJA Foundation, which merged with Nyaka in 2018). Tabitha has dedicated her life to serving and protecting the populations most vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault herself, Tabitha has a unique perspective and intimate knowledge of the pain and trauma caused by sexual assault. This experience propelled her to pursue a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) specializing in sexual trauma.
Tabitha envisions a world in which trauma is transformed, not transferred from one generation to the next. She sees potential for Nyaka’s SGBV model to be replicated – not just throughout Uganda, but throughout Africa, and, ultimately, the world. She believes that we all have a part to play in ensuring that all people are protected from sexual and gender-based violence. She is a pioneer in bringing this healing and support to remote areas of Uganda. Her belief in progressing the rights of women around the world encourages her to continue fighting for those who have been silenced.
In March 2018, she was named a Hearts on Fire Visionary of the Month and has spoken at several UN events about her work. Tabitha’s vision is now vividly depicted in the new documentary, Victors: Singing to the Lions. Tabitha’s recent TED TALK can be seen here and more information on Nyaka’s SGBV Program can be found on this link from NowThis Daily.
To invite Jackson or Tabitha to speak please contact Wendy at info@Nyakaglobal.org