Nyaka 7-Mile Barefoot Walk


On May 11th, Ayla and Willow Martin are hosting the 4th Annual 7-Mile Barefoot Walk!

The Nyaka organization has had an enormous impact on our lives, many thanks to YOU- our friends and family around the world who have believed in our work and motivated us to keep going!

For those of you who haven’t followed our work with Nyaka, The Nyaka Project works on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.

Ok, that’s a mouthful- basically this means that with our donations, kids in Uganda get an education, healthcare, food, shelter, and clean water. And we get to make friendships with people across the world. Each year our passion to help Nyaka plays out a bit differently. 

And this year we have two goals in mind... 

Goal #1: To continue sponsoring our amazing friends in Uganda-  Rosette, Stydia, Brian, Rhina, Judith, Andrew and Mercy

Goal #2: To visit the Nyaka village and meet the children we sponsor! We know from Jackson, the Founder of Nyaka, that for the children of Nyaka School, meeting their sponsor is something that they only dream of! Coincidentally- that’s OUR dream too! Jackson has been encouraging us to come to Nyaka ever since we met him.  He says, “Anyone who visits Nyaka will forever be advocates of others because they will have seen, touched, and walked with their brothers and sisters in rural Uganda.”

In the first letter we ever received from Rosette 3 years ago, she told us that her dream was to see an airport. Not to fly on an airplane, or even get on one, but to just see the place that can bring to you, the person that you most want to see! Our dream is to make her dreams come true - along with the other six students we sponsor.

Three years ago, we founded the Nyaka Clubs at Singapore American School, one in the Middle and one in High School. Willow also proposed that the high school have a week long interim trip to Nyaka Village and it has finally been approved and will happen in the spring of 2019 for 20 SAS students- and obviously we are really hoping it will include us!

Since Willow will be in 12th grade and Ayla will be in 9th, this the only chance for us to go on this school trip together!

However, we need to raise our own money in order to be able go, and unfortunately, we cannot get a job in Singapore (something about work visa?) so we’re counting on you!

Please support us in this year’s 7 mile barefoot walk to continue sponsoring these seven students and to help US get there together-  to visit them! We promise to continue to working hard for this effort and hope that you continue to believe in and support our efforts! Thank you, Thank you!!

See below for a recap of the work we have done for Nyaka so far... Thanks for your support! 

Willow and Ayla met Jackson Kaguri in Seoul, South Korea, at a Banquet Dinner and pledged to help his cause

Willow and Ayla hosted the 1st Annual Barefoot Walk in Seoul, South Korea. Raised enough sponsored Stydia, Brian, Rosette and Ivan.
Willow and Ayla were named Junior Board Members for the Nyaka School!

Willow founded the High School Nyaka Club at Singapore American School
Willow organized a Nyaka Club Bubble Soccer event with the raised enough money to sponsor Judith at the Nyaka School
Ayla Founded the Nyaka the Middle School CLub at Singapore American School
Ayla helped to organize the 1st Annual Nyaka Amazing Race at Singapore American School- and raised enough money to sponsor Rhina and Ruth at the Nyaka School
Willow proposed a School Interim Trip to Nyaka Village
Willow and Ayla hosted the 2nd Annual Barefoot Walk - and raised enough to build TWO home in Nyaka village for the Grannies Project.
Willow and Ayla invited the founder of the Nyaka Project, Jackson Kaguri, to our hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa to speak at Vacation Bible School- (and resulted in the church sponsoring a child and helping to build a new dining hall at Nyaka School!)

Willow and Ayla hosted the 3rd Annual Barefoot Walk- and raised enough to sponsor Judith, Andrew and Mercy at Nyaka School!
Willow and Ayla invited Jackson back to Cedar Falls, Iowa and hosted a showing of his documentary film.
Willow and Ayla requested and received grant money from SAS’s Executive Service Council to bring Jackson to Singapore!
Jackson visited SAS and spoke to every student in grades 6-12! That’s over 2000 students!
Ayla helped organize the 2nd Annual Nyaka Club Amazing Race
The SAS Interim trip to Nyaka School in Uganda is APPROVED for the spring of 2019!

Willow and Ayla are preparing for the 4th Annual 7-mile Barefoot walk!


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Organizer and beneficiary

Willow Martin 
Jason Martin 
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