Jackson has witnessed the major opportunity in community development as a fundamental problem-solving method. This method begins with an individual choice—getting an education in order to help those in one's own community who don't have resources to help themselves. In 2001, Jackson founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in Nyakagyezi, Uganda—his hometown. The organization provides free education to orphans in rural Uganda who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The goal of NAOP is to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.
In addition to educating children, NAOP also specifically targets grandmothers because they're often the only ones left to raise orphans who lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Oftentimes, Ugandan grandmothers raise more than a dozen children at a time without social security, healthcare, or basic housing. To help, NAOP serves more than 6,500 grandmothers through nearly 100 support groups. The organization teaches the grandmothers about parenting, grief management, gardening, nursing, and business development.
Jackson's book, A School for My Village (Penguin), tells the story of his journey and determination to make a difference in the world—starting right in his hometown.