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Coins to Change Project at Schoolcraft College

Schoolcraft College students, faculty, staff and friends, including students at Novi and Northville High Schools, have been raising funds for the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda for nearly two years.

With a goal of $25,000 to be raised by March 2014, the Coins to Change Project at Schoolcraft College is well on its way to having a significant impact on the work of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project that provides free education and health care to nearly 600 children in Uganda. In addition to two schools, the project operates a library, a medical clinic, a clean water system, a community agriculture and nutrition program and offers services and resources to nearly 7,000 grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS.

The Coins to Change Project at Schoolcraft was initiated by English professor Anna Maheshwari after she read Jackson Kaguri’s book, A School for My Village. She was so motivated by the Kaguri’s cause in Uganda she partnered with the Student Activities Office to establish the Coins to Change project on campus. During the past two years a variety of fundraisers and collection drives have been held to raise the nearly $20,000 raised to date.

Kaguri has been named a 2012 CNN Hero, featured Time Magazine’s Power of One series and has spoken to the United Nations about his work. Recently Kaguri was on campus to meet with students from Schoolcraft and Novi and Northville High Schools to update them on the progress of the Nyaka Project and thank them for their generosity.

For more information about the Coins to Change project or to make a donation please email amaheshw@schoolcraft.edu or call 734-462-4422.

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