Africa Uganda

Our goal is to help refugee children in Uganda have the opportunity to gain a basic education in a safe learning space.

mapUganda is a landlocked nation in East Africa, bordered by Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.

The Situation

Uganda is currently host to one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world with over 1.50 million refugees having fled across borders from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo due to conflict.

In the Palabek refugee camp in northern Uganda approximately 80% of refugees are women and children, arriving with almost nothing.  Nearly 60% of the refugees are children of school age.

The Ugandan government has one of the most open refugee policies in the world, offering each refugee who arrives the right to access basic services including education and land. Many refugees in Uganda have vowed never to return to their home country. Uganda is the third highest refugee receiving country and the huge number of new arrivals has put extreme pressure on both existing Ugandan education services and humanitarian emergency facilities.

60% of the refugees in Palabek are children

15,000 children are registered in the 10 primary schools

Over 10,000 children at the settlement are still unable to access an education

Our Work

Our Work

Chaloner Children’s Charity has now completed its second education program in the Palabek refugee camp. There are approximately 60,000 refugees from South Sudan in this settlement and nearly 60% of them are children.  It is estimated that 15,000 children are of primary school age, but there are only 10 primary schools. Classrooms are severely overcrowded, and many children are still taught under trees.

Approximately two thirds of children in the camp are registered at early childhood development centres, primary schools or secondary schools, but about one third of children in the settlement are not able to attend school because of a lack of classrooms and teaching facilities.

Approximate Cost Per School
School classroom C$16,000
Class Furnishings C$2,750
Teaching materials per classroom C$275

Our Impact So Far…

Chaloner Children’s Charity has now completed the construction of 10 new classrooms together with a head teacher’s office at the Canaan Primary School in Palabek. CCCC has also provided teaching materials and furniture for the classrooms. 

At the start of January 2022, the school had over  2,100 students registered, with more expected to enroll in the coming months.

An international charity, Education Cannot Wait, has committed to fund the running costs of the school and teachers’ salaries, and the longer-term goal is for the government to be responsible for the school. Our NGO partner is in contact with the Ugandan government, and the schools are now included in their district education plans.

Chaloner is looking to expand its efforts in Uganda to help combat the education crisis in these refugee camps.  Our plan is to build a further 12 classrooms to reduce the severe overcrowding.  


Take Action Now

Chaloner Children’s Charity Canada is looking to expand its efforts in Uganda to help combat the education crisis, but we need your help. Your contributions could support a child’s whose life has been turned upside-down.