Sponsoring vulnerable, war-affected children and youth in secondary school through higher education graduation – in Year 11

  • Transitions children of war to community-minded, mature change agents and qualified professionals through long term educational sponsorships.
  • Sponsors 111 war-affected children and youth in secondary and technical school through higher education graduation, a 9 – 11 year commitment for each student.
  • Provides costs of education with mentorship, guidance, counseling and life skills.
  • Links education with community development. UMECS graduates return to their communities as qualified professionals to help develop their communities and serve as critical role models.
  • In Year 11, NUEP has been hugely successful and is a model for replication.


Left, Nighty Aol, Bachelor of Public Administration degree candidate, Gulu University, graduates in 2017
Right, Ochola Maxwell Alensio, Senior 6 at St. Joseph’s College Secondary School, Layibi, Gulu


Left, Some of UMECS students at Gulu University with UMECS Executive Director Charles Onencan
Right, Evaristo Ocheng Onen, a 2017 Bachelor of Biosystems Engineering degree candidate at Gulu University


Left, Brenda Ataro, a nursing student at Gulu School of Nursing, interning at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
Right, Recent Gulu University graduates Geoffrey Okot, left and Denish Okello Oranga

Read more about NUEP

  • We established NUEP in the war zones in 2005 during the brutal war in Northern Uganda. Read more
  • NUEP transitions former child soldiers and other children and youth affected by war to mature, educated, community-minded change agents. Read how
  • NUEP is unique because it not only transforms war-affected children, it reverses the brain drain and develops their communities. Read more
  • Broadening Educational Opportunities for All: UMECS and NUEP student strategies to broaden secondary school and higher education for all. Read more
  • Ten years ago they were war-affected children, suffering the trauma of war. Now they are university graduates, prepared to contribute to the development of their communities. Read more
  • What Others Say: NUEP is highly acclaimed by community and school leaders. Read what others say


  • Teaching in a mud brick school reinforces Samson Watmon’s vision for his community.  Read Samson’s story
  • Her mother died in a landmine explosion during the war, now Nighty is a Bachelor of Public Administration degree candidate at Gulu University, preparing to transform her  community in Nwoya district through youth entrepreneurship and modernized agriculture. Read Nighty’s story
  • Orphaned by the war, Augustine Okot champions HIV/AIDs prevention, graduates from university this year. Read Augustine’s story
  • Witnessing people being killed by the LRA as a child, Denish Okello Oranga was traumatized by the war in Northern Uganda. He graduates with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Gulu University in 2014. Read Denish’s story
  • War-affected as a child, Harriet Atimango is now creating the future in software engineering at Uganda’s top university. Read Harriet’s Story
  • In 2007, Raymond Lubangakene was war-affected and too poor to enroll in secondary school. In August, Raymond enrolls in medical school. Read Raymond’s story

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