Project information

African Refugee Children succeeding up to A Level!

"Poverty eradication by good education". The South Sudanese Refugee children we support are at schools in Uganda. Several are extremely talented and have a realistic chance of fulfilling their job ambitions, eg Doctor and Engineer. 2017 is a make or break year for 5 of them to gain GCSE & A Levels

December 2016 - November 2017

Charity information

African Refugee Education Project

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  • Need


    Poverty breeds despair, whereas education breeds hope. And hope leads to tangible future results that transform lives. The children we support were born in a refugee camp where they languished without hope of a decent education. Their families were victims of the deadly civil war in South Sudan. After fleeing to Uganda they were further traumatized by the Lord's Resistance Army. The cycle of despair, passivity, dependence and disease is a vicious one. This cycle needs to be broken.


    By satisfying the hunger and thirst for education and helping children to reach their full potential. In 2017, the young people we support at schools in Uganda will be studying at levels from Senior 4 through to Senior 6. They are already achieving brilliantly, for example, in recent results Komakech came 1st in his year group, Scovia and Lovemore came in the top 10%. Such gifted children are needed back in South Sudan. 2017 is the make-or-break year for the next stage of their education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure that children complete a full year of education in 2017


    » Raise funds for South Sudanese Refugees to attend Schools in and around Kampala, Uganda.
    » Raise funds for Ugandan children to attend Schools in South-West Uganda.

    Success will be each of the children passing their end of year exams in Nov 2017 and being allowed to progress to the next year of education (ie none having to repeat the year).

  • Impact


    The children in the project, once educated, will be much more likely to gain employment as young adults and/or start their own successful small business. Success will be demonstrated by children passing Primary Leaving Exams, Senior 4 exams (GCSE-equivalent) and (for academically able children) Senior 6 exams (A-level equivalent). Ultimately the families of children in the project will become totally self-supporting.


    1. Bandits in South-West Uganda stealing school fees at the start of the term en route to Boarding School.
    This was dealt with by minimizing carriage of cash and using bank transfers to the school involved.

    2. Sickness of children: we make sure that illness is dealt with promptly and that medical checks are always done at the start of each term. Malaria is a regular setback. Children cannot learn if they are ill!


    Funders of this project receive a termly email report on the project detailing ongoing and forthcoming activities. Additional updates are reported via the project website and our facebook page.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,900 School Fees Boarding school fees for the children
      £1,800 Feeding during holidays Maintaining nutritious food intake during school holidays
      £4,400 Rent Rent to provide a home base for the children
      £3,800 Medical & Transport Budget for transport & medical treatment based on 2016 experience
      £3,000 Coordinator Salary of Kampala coordinator who acts in loco parentis

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Regular donors £13,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Three locations.

    1. Kampala, the Capital of Uganda is where the Sudanese Refugee children are at school. This is a city of 2 million inhabitants. The schools are very good quality. Costs are high because it is not possible to grow your own food in the city.

    2.The town of Kabale in South-West Uganda where 2 of the children are based. Costs are lower than in Kampala.


    The children from South Sudan are from families displaced in the Civil War. Some are orphans or lost one parent in the fighting. Their home town of Pajok was almost completely destroyed in the Civil War.
    The two Ugandan children in the project come from a family where the husband died leaving his widow as sole breadwinner.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We know all the children involved, having met them in Africa on more than one occasion. We have raised funds for their education up to this point and have mobilised a sizeable number of people locally to support the project (for example at our local Parish Church).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nigel Lea-Wilson

    Trustee and founder of the charity. Born and grew up in Uganda. Has visited Uganda and South Sudan and met children and families involved

    Benjamin Nuwe

    Our Kampala coordinator on the ground in Uganda for the Sudanese refugees. He acts in loco parentis in dealing with the schools

    Eva Tuzooke

    Eva is the widow in Kabale mentioned above who cares for the two Ugandan children and liaises with their schools.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

Nelson Mandela