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Refugee Children in Uganda

Attending to refugee needs in Uganda

Uganda Experience

Over 45,000 Burundians found refugee in Uganda, north of Rwanda. More than half of them are children.

In 2018 a fact finding mission to Uganda was conducted. We wanted to extend our success in Rwanda to Burundi refugees in Uganda.

100,000 people from 10+ nations live in Nakivale Refugee Camp where there is only 1 UN-run elementary school and 1 UN-supported secondary school.  Many informal ‘classrooms’ are under the shade of a tree or in tents.  We have decided to support Burundi students in Ugandan refugee camps as well as in the cities.

In the capital, Kampala, and various other cities throughout this small country, we support students attending both public and private schools. This support includes tuition & fees, supplemental food support to families, and micro-loans to parents so they can create a way to provide for themselves. We’ve found that secondary school students attain better results while attending boarding schools because there they escape the trauma of food insecurity, cramped quarters, and the the various stresses that derive from inadequate living conditions.

We have 374 students registered to enroll in the 2019 school year.