Help a Child

Uphill is dedicated to giving the children in its community the best possible start – in a country struggling to educate its fast-growing population.

Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with 78% of people under the age of 40. Unicef estimates that only 40% of children are literate at the end of primary school. Only 1 in 4 children make it to secondary school

The school we support serves a poor rural area in western Uganda, where many of the children live on shambas (smallholdings that produce food for the family only). Money is in short supply and families often choose to send their sons to school and keep their daughters at home.

We are proud that girls make up half of the pupils at Uphill.

Education for all, no matter their circumstances, is at the core of the Uphill ethos.

Would you like to help a child to go to school?

We set up the Pupil Support Fund in 2016 to help some of the children in greatest need. Nineteen children are currently receiving financial support for schooling – 10 girls and 9 boys – giving them a better chance to succeed.

supported pupils at uphill

How you can help

£15 per month will pay for a child to attend school for a year.

One-off donations to the Pupil Support Fund are also welcome – these are used to help with medical or other unexpected expenses.

All pupil support money is ring-fenced to help children who would otherwise struggle to attend school on a regular basis.


supported pupils

What does your donation provide?

  • School uniform
  • Sports uniform
  • School bag, plus pencils and exercise books
  • Personal hygiene supplies (soap, toothpaste)
  • Casual clothes
  • Shoes
  • School and examination fees
  • Breakfast and lunch at school each day

 “Sponsoring a child is like planting a tree! A tree bears many fruits that benefit many people!  Elius Muhimbise, Director

Meet some of our children


a boy who loves to learn

In 2016 Ronald’s parents divorced and they both disappeared, leaving 4 children to fend for themselves in Kampala. They were spotted by a neighbour who helped them to catch a long-distance bus to Fort Portal, where their grandmother lives.

Ronald attended Uphill from 2016 to 2019, gaining top marks in the Primary Leaving Exam. He now attends secondary school in Kamwenge and has ambitions to become a pilot.

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a girl who loves to learn

Javira has four siblings and her mother was dying of cancer when she joined  Primary 1 in October 2014. She was then 8 years old. Javira became the second pupil to be supported by an Uphill Trust donor. Her mother died in 2017 and she lost contact with her siblings.  She now lives with the school director and his family.

Javira took the Primary Leaving Exams in March 2021. She hopes to continue her education and eventually train as a doctor.

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meet laban

Laban has 4 brothers and 1 sister and lives with his mother and grandmother. He joined Uphill in 2016, walking 2 kms each way to school and back every day. His family make a meagre living by making and selling building aggregate – the children collect stones and pebbles to be broken into smaller pieces by hand.

Laban sat the Primary Leaving Examination in November 2018.  He now works full time in the family business.

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meet miria

We first met Miria in October 2014. Her father died of HIV AIDS and her mother has now also passed away. The family could barely put food on the table, yet she wanted to go to school. Miria was the first child to be supported by an Uphill Trust donor.

Miria’s school career was mixed and she left Uphill to join the local vocational school in 2019. We lost touch with her during the 2020 pandemic and suspect she may have become a child bride.

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