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"I feel secure when I am with my mum or play with my friends in the safe space."

What we do

We work to protect and support children and young people across Uganda through long-term and emergency projects designed to improve their psychosocial wellbeing. This approach - coupled with our education activities - enables children to develop coping skills, build their resilience and recover from the impact of conflict.

Our global evidence-based Can’t Wait to Learn programme supports children to gain recognised qualifications by playing educational games on tablet devices. This innovative and flexible format ensures children from both refugee and host communities can work towards a brighter future.

Our projects

Curious to learn more about a specific project or intervention? Click on the pins in the map below.

Where we work

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    Nakivale, Kyaka II, Kyangwali, Imvepi & Rhino
    This major consortium-led ECHO-funded programme responds to the urgent educational needs of refugee and host-community children in five refugee settlements. Phase 2 also addresses COVID-19 related barriers to education.


    Kyaka, Kyangwali & Imvepi Refugee Settlements
    Access, Protection, Empowerment, Accountability and Leadership for refugee and host children - this is APEAL’s ambition in a nutshell. A consortium project funded by ECHO, led by CARE and implemented with the support of six local partners.

  • ECW: Nurturing Wellbeing

    West Nile

    This project centres on delivering Holistic Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services for refugees and host communities in West Nile. The initiative is executed in collaboration with our local partner, TPO Uganda, and is generously funded by Education Can't Wait.

  • Can’t Wait to Learn

    Impevi and Rhino Refugee Settlements, West Nile 
    This innovative tablet-based e-learning methodology, co-created with local children and based on the Ugandan education curriculum, helps fill formal education gaps amongst conflict-affected children in West Nile. Learn more ->

  • PlayMatters: Sparking Lifelong Learning

    Refugee settlements across Uganda
    This US$100 million Lego Foundation-funded project is being rolled out across Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania, supporting 800,000 children living in refugee settlements.

  • Enfolded Education

    West Nile

    This Lego-funded research project has focused on SchoolLink - for caregiver engagement and CORE for teacher wellbeing. The first two studies have allowed for data-driven adaptation to the methodology whilst the third study, in partnership with IPA, has looked at the feasibility of implementing multiple methods in on school setting.

  • Ebola Response

    Kyegegwa District, South West

    We provide mental health and psychosocial support, risk communication, coordination and other critical services to children in the district affected by the Ebola virus.

  • Emergency Response

    Kisoro, West Uganda

    We joined the emergency response in Kisoro by providing emergency relief, learning support and our innovative TeamUp methodology to thousands of newly arrived refugee children. In collaboration with Save the Children, we offer TeamUp sessions at two Child-Friendly Spaces.

  • EdTech in Emergencies - A Force for Change

    South West Uganda
    We have joined forces with the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) to research how our Can’t Wait to Learn EdTech solution can be adapted and scaled to change the face of education in emergencies. Read more

  • ReachNow

    West Nile
    Our innovative, simple, low-cost tool is being tested across the region to help trusted community members identify the need for mental health care Find out more

Our partners in Uganda

European Commission partner War Child


The European Commission’s department for overseas humanitarian aid and civil protection provides vital funding for two of our major projects.

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TPO Uganda

With a focus on counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy for children, this rights-based NGO adds a package of key services to our psychosocial support programme.

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Kevin Ndemera is our Country Director in Uganda. Have a question or want to join forces? Please reach out via one of the channels below.