Project #4499

Keep Impoverished Refugees in School in Uganda

by Hope Ofiriha
Marta Ikai, a beneficiary living in Omilling
Marta Ikai, a beneficiary living in Omilling

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States and around the world!

In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, Hope Ofiriha understands the observance of these festive family holidays that commemorates “United States’ rich mix cultures and traditions reflecting the blessings and sacrifices made by your forefathers”.

Hope Ofiriha wishes to send a most sincere thank you to all our supporters, donors, child Sponsor, partners, volunteers, and everyone else playing a role in our success. Together, we are making a huge difference in the lives of South Sudanese women and children struggling to rebuild a better future for themselves, their families, and their community.

Enjoy this special day of Thanksgiving and remember that we could not do this work without all the ways you help us. We’re so thankful for everything you do!


Saterina Lakang - sponsored pupil
Saterina Lakang - sponsored pupil

Impoverished children often become slaves to their new “families.” Some, especially the girls, are sexually or physically abused, and all of them are expected to work hard.

Polly’s story is unique. Infact, it is common among the South Sudanese refugee families living as squatters in slums in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. More than 1000 children, most of them girls, have become “impoverished children” or “Independent orphan children”.

Their parents, too poor to feed, and educate their children, send them to live with families in better economic situations, much as Margaret’s did in recent months, hoping they’ll receive a better life and even an education. But often their children become slaves to the new “families.” Some, especially girls, are sexually or physically abused, and all of them are expected to work hard. They are the first to rise in the morning and the last to go to sleep at night – sometimes on a scrap of cardboard outside, like a dog.

They must cook breakfast for the family, clean the house, and help with the children. Several times a day they have to fetch fresh water for the family, a task that can take hours. Little girls and boys balancing jugs of water almost as large as they can be seen walking down the dusty streets of on the outskirt of Kampala. Their salaries are food and a place to sleep.

The host families, not wanting to spend money on these impoverished children, don’t let them go to school. In Uganda, even “free” public school costs money since there fees for books and uniforms each year. Without an education these children grow up illiterate and virtually unemployable, with no hope of changing their situation. Instead they must continue living as slaves or run away to escape the abusive treatment. Those who run away have nowhere to turn, especially since they have no skills to secure a job and cannot even read or write. They are forced to live on the streets where they continue to suffer abuse and hardship. Mange depends on the kindness of strangers to get food, while others resort to stealing. Some grown up girls are even forced to grant sexual favors in exchange for food.

Without help, these children are doomed to a life of poverty and sadness. But there is hope, and it begins with providing these impoverished children an education that will help break the vicious cycle of poverty that dominates their lives.

Our partner Inovati has paid a year school fees for: Margaret N. Achan, Polly Amitto, Christine Anyero, Lee Ben Ibo, and Saterina Lakang. Hope Ofiriha is also committed to paying the school fees for the children already in the program.



John Odoch before joining school
John Odoch before joining school

we need ongoing help to keep children in school - Uganda!

John Odoch has lost his sponsor, and we need help to send him back to school. Please help us to send him back to school!

Our donors have raised over $1792 towards our project budget goal. Since April we made a new policy of posting project with small goal. Once the goal is reach we increase with the similar amount until the goal is reach. This policy is good for our donors!

With the funds raised we will continue to pay the school fees for the four students our donors have committed to help. In total, there are 74 children we are supporting in Uganda. One our donor, Silje Bull Larsen is supporting three children. Two of them are in senior secondary School. We are glad for her contribution in fighting poverty through education.

We still need your help to put the finishing touches on this project to get Sudanese children out of poverty through education in Kampala.

Thanks to our donors! Thanks to GlobalGiving for sharing our project with kind people! Without YOU - Hope Ofiriha will not be able to help women and children.

In the next 3 months new updates will be posted, and also we will report on how your contributions are impacting the lives of the Sudanese children in Kampala.


John Odoch dismissed from School
John Odoch dismissed from School


John Odock - sponsored child
John Odock - sponsored child

$35 – keeps a child at a board school per month.

 From April we decided to post smaller goal $1500 live even if the intention is to raise $50,000. The reason is that smaller goal attracts donation. When the goal was lowered to $1500 within two weeks the project has raised $1120.  When the goal has reached 75% - it will be added by similar amount of $1500, so on, and so on until the goal is $50 000 is achieved.

There are many orphan South Sudanese children in Uganda. Years of terrible events, including war and disease, have produced South Sudan society in Kampala where many children have no parents. Often elderly grandparents or other relatives try to raise the children but many are too old or are in such deprived circumstances that they simply cannot provide even the basics. As a result, there are many South Sudanese children fending for themselves in the streets of Kampala.

Hope Ofiriha has established these programs to take care of these children who otherwise would be unable to attend school.  Hope Ofiriha’s goal is help 300 children!

Last April we collected a little extra and new child name Ben Mathew has been added into our program.  He will join the rest at the board school.  

Because of your generosity we are able to help these children. We will be providing you with project updates in every three months. Thanks so much for being with us and look forward in working with you for years to come.

On May 2, 2011 GlobalGiving Recurring Donation begins at 12:01 am EDT! This is a great opportunity for you to sign up for monthly recurring donations only $10.

Why recurring donations?
Recurring donations are a consistent and reliable source of income for our organization. This helps us in planning our activities several months ahead. 

By making a recurring donation, you pledge to give to your project every month. GlobalGiving will automatically deduct the donation amount from your credit card each month.

Hope Ofiriha appreciates that you give monthly $10 than to donate $120 in December as one time gift.  $10 each month is a lot of money and it will go a long way to make a huge difference in Uganda. In Hope Ofiriha there are no small or big amounts. Every cents count!

We need a total of 10 people to sign up for a monthly recurring donation of only $10 each month. Could you join us please!

GlobalGiving is giving away $12,000 in bonus awards during this campaign!

Here are the main reasons why you should consider signing up for monthly recurring donations to Hope Ofiriha;

  • The top 20 projects that receive the most new unique recurring donors will each be awarded a $500 bonus.
  • One project that raises the highest donation amount per month from recurring donations will be awarded $1,000.
  • One project that attracts the most new unique recurring donors will be awarded an additional $1,000 (for a total of $1,500!).
  • Projects must have at least 10 new unique recurring donors to be eligible for bonus awards.

The final results of this campaign will be adjudicated in August 2011. Bonuses will be awarded based on the amount raised and the number of unique recurring donors at this time. In some cases, projects may forfeit bonus awards if donors cancel their recurring donations before the awards are given.





Arsenal Bugere - sponsored child
Arsenal Bugere - sponsored child
Emma Mandela - sponsored child
Emma Mandela - sponsored child
Mathew Hobbe-sponsored child
Mathew Hobbe-sponsored child

Emerging Republic of S. Sudan needs educated population to create a durable peace to sustain its development. By investing in S. Sudanese children’s education in Uganda is a ticket out poverty.

Due to a shortage of funds in 2010, we stopped sponsoring additional S. Sudan refugee children in Uganda. But we will continue to support the 8 children admitted in our program from last year. Possibly until they have completed their primary school.

We have had some sponsors cancelling their supports when they lost jobs. Two Americans, one Japanese, three Britishs, and Norwegians citizen stopped supporting citing “job losses”, as the main reason. But said they will continue supporting when hey get jobs. Children affected are really sad. We are working to find new sponsors to help the gap, and to make sure children previously in schools should not be left behind.

Hope Ofiriha has contacted the helper of John Odoch because the school fees have not been paid in months. Odoch is a good boy and clever at school – We are optimistic his helper will continue to support his education.

Mathew Hobbe – his previous helper has paid quarter fees – meaning that he will stay in a boarding school for three months. After that his sponsor will be paying nursery fees quarterly.

Both Jolly and Justine have joined senior school after doing well in their "primary leaving exams". Amuna Otwari has joined Juba University since last year with the help of her nice sponsor. These children made us proud of their academic performances. With small investments they achieve higher!  Poor Justine Okello passed with distinctions.

Out of 300 children – there are 292 children desperately in need of school fees and their poor parents cannot put these children in schools. They are on the waiting list! Please open your "hand UP" – and not "a hand OUT" to give these children a ticket of out of poverty.

We thanks you for the supports in 2010 and will work with you in years to come to achieve the goal of this project to help 300 S. Sudanese refugee children complete primary education in Uganda.

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!


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Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Logai Ochieng
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$7,385 raised of $12,000 goal
201 donations
$4,615 to go
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