Child reading aloud to class with teacher next to her


Nursery School Girls

All children deserve a quality education, but many never have the opportunity because of poverty. Hunger and malnutrition rob otherwise eager learners, leading to lowered mental capacity and lifetime earning power. Girls in particular miss out due to household duties, lack of menstruation education, and early marriage.

We combat this by making sure children have access to safe learning environments by building classrooms and ensuring they have the necessary resources to learn. In Uganda, we constructed a primary school that educates about 300 children. The school provides education at little to no cost and the fees that are collected are used to support the local orphanage. 

Education is transformative, instilling confidence and hope in children where there was once despair. We connect education with health and nutrition services in order to address the full scope of children’s needs and provide them with the life changing power of learning.

Two children doing school work

263 Million

children do not attend school

1 in 4

young people in low and lower-middle income countries are illiterate

152 million

children aged 5 to 17 were victims of child labor in 2016

Mpiwa and Katwesige

This is Katwesige Moses and Mpiwa Innocent, two orphans who persevered through tragedy to pursue their education and help their families. Unfortunately, these boys have similar stories. After both of their fathers died, their mothers abandoned them and their siblings. Despite these heartbreaking circumstances, they became the brightest boys in their village. They excelled so greatly, that with the help of Project Refuge’s scholarship program, they are now attending an esteemed private high school in the capital, Kampala. Katwesige and Mpiwa are studying hard not only to help themselves, but to ultimately lift their families out of poverty.

Project Refuge believes that education is the key to alleviating poverty. Our scholarship program allows vulnerable children to access the education they deserve by bridging the gap to secondary education. When you donate to Project Refuge you can help more kids like Katwesige and Mpiwa reach their full potential.

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