Why Uganda?

Uganda is hosting one of the world's largest refugee populations, forced to flee their homes, livelihoods and education from conflict in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. With conflict still raging, families have no hope of returning home any time soon. Instead, they are stranded in camps where job opportunities are scarce, access to education is extremely limited and living conditions are basic. 

In Kampala, the capital of Uganda, there are thousands of children who aren't going to school because of poverty. Families are unable to afford the costs of education and many children end up supporting their families by working on the streets instead of going to school.

Whether in the camps, on the streets, or living in poverty, we believe each and every child deserves a quality education.

What We Do.

Street Child is helping 5,100 refugee children access an improved quality education in the newest settlement for South Sudanese refugees, in Palabek, Northern Uganda where 7 settlement primary schools, 2 government schools and 1 secondary school currently cater for over 15,000 children, a number which is growing daily. Street Child is constructing two primary schools and supporting a further three schools with teacher training, teaching materials and WASH facilities, supported in large part by Education Cannot Wait, a major new global fund to transform delivery of education in emergencies.

Click to read about our first school in Palabek

We are also planning to assist 3,000 children aged 8-14 in Congolese refugee settlements in Western Uganda, where 27% of all refugees in Uganda are hosted. These settlements are under extreme pressure following the large influx of refugees in response to renewed violence in DRC. It is estimated that 19% of refugee children who are enrolled in primary school are overaged, due to having missed school and language barriers. Street Child wants to implement a primary school ‘bridging’ programme in 5 schools, constructing temporary learning centres, providing children with a six-month compressed curriculum and language support, so that they are able to integrate into mainstream schooling at the correct level.

We are looking to raise funds to be able to increase our impact in Uganda - we are not diverting existing funding streams from our work in West Africa or Asia and so we would be incredibly grateful for any financial support. Get in touch with Ellen at to find out how you can support our work in Uganda.

We are also looking flexible, adaptable international volunteers willing to support our work in Uganda. As a volunteer, you'll be working closely with the Street Child of Uganda team and partner organisations to support research, the development of emerging programmes and the delivery of pilot projects.

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Street Child are working in Uganda to support refugee children and street children to go to school and learn.