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Children Up

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Secondary & High Schools, Universities

Mission: ChildrenUP supports post-primary education in northern Uganda by offering scholarships to qualified students. ChildrenUP is assisting secondary school and certificate students in northern Uganda who have shown academic strength, a strong work ethic and are in financial need. We are now expanding our support to include diploma, and university support for students on an individual cost-sharing basis. We strive to add equal numbers of young men and women to our program.

Results: ChildrenUP has brought educational opportunity to 61 students from 2008- 2020. We have 34 secondary students in 2020. 8 students are in higher education in 2020. Our student alumni are in the following fields: Nursing, Medical Lab Technician, Water and Sanitation Engineering, Computer Science and Teaching. ChildrenUP has a success rate of 87%.

Target demographics: ChildrenUP supports post-primary education in northern Uganda.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 42 Students

Geographic areas served: Northern Uganda

Programs: We provide the two-fold package: Mentoring: Our in-school and student advocates provide for students’ needs and concerns, help with payment of expenses, and foster communication with parents and guardians. Funding: We pay tuition and fees, room and board, supplies and transportation for each student.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved in ChildrenUP from a student of mine. She asked if I would be willing to donate a piece of Jewelry for their silent auction at the Spring Gala. I learned that they don't just give the children money for education, but they have a wonderful mentor system. They have in-school mentors and visiting mentors that keep track of the students. They are there to provide solutions for students to keep them on the road to success. ChildrenUP is run by a dedicated board who is passionate about providing education to worthy students in northern Uganda. ChildrenUP provides the students' sponsors with grades, letters and information on how well the student is doing in school. I know that the money they collect goes to help the students. When the schools closed due to COVID, they provided the students with study materials, cell phones with a solar battery charger and held small study groups to keep the students engaged in their studies.

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Karlette 10/20/2021

Thank you for those kind words! We are very proud of our mentor program. It is nice to know that they students have someone they can go to when they have issues or just to talk.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children Up always keeps me in the loop about the student I am sponsoring. I receive frequent updates, letters from the student and all exam results. I know that every dollar I donate goes to the program and I have been donating for many years, even when I was living in Australia.
Margaret McDonald

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Karlette 10/19/2021

Thank you Margaret! You are making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

We became involved when we heard about what Children Up was all about. We heard the story of one girl who shared our granddaughter’s name. She sounded amazing and decided to sponsor her. We have watched her grow and accomplish her goals. She is now working and advancing her medical training. Children Up provides us with letters and pictures of Lillian. We feel a real connection. Now we are sponsoring another girl. Giving opportunities to students who otherwise would not advance in their education. I also know that 100% of our contribution goes directly to the students. Please consider this wonderful organization.

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Karlette 10/12/2021

Thank you!!! Not only for your kind words but for giving these students an opportunity. You are truly making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m always happy to donate to Children Up because I know the money will be well spent to help the students they support. Board members are in close contact with staff in Uganda and visit annually (before COVID) to ensure that the program is on track. Many students have completed their education and are now working and serving as role models for current students. Children Up is truly making a difference!

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Karlette 10/11/2021

Thank you for your kind words. Our students that have graduated have come back to talk with the new students and family members at our Annual Group Meetings.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Children Up is a fantastic organization that has helped children in Uganda receive an education who would not otherwise receive one. I have supported this organization and watched many of their graduates go on to careers that are making Uganda and the world a better place!

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Karlette 09/30/2021

Thank you for your kind words. We are also pleased with our graduates that are making a better Uganda.

MargeeBee

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Rating: 5

I love the commitment of the people running this charity. They care, they are involved, they are looking to the future!. These are educators interested in proving education opportunities where they are least available to those that are most deserving. I have been a contributor for the last 8 years because I believe they are making a significant difference and that the money raised is being used to benefit those targeted to benefit the most.

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Karlette 09/30/2021

Thank you Marge for those kind words.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization run by educators to provide the opportunity of higher education to talented children in Uganda. I have learned so much about the life struggles for children in that part of the world through Children Up and eagerly support their efforts. Children Up has proved that we can make such a difference in these children’s lives!

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Karlette 09/14/2020

Thank you Marge, Such nice kind words.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Children Up for the past 5 years (or more) . The thing I like the most about this NGO is the fact that virtually 100% of your donation goes directly to support the students.

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Karlette 09/29/2021

Thank you very much. Our US Board is all volunteer. We do have a paid staff in Uganda, but we try to keep administrative costs to a minimum.

Patricia P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that directly impacts children's futures in Uganda by directly giving them the funds that they need for their education. It is trustworthy and guaranteed and the founders are personally invested in the lives of the children and a bond forms that lasts for years. The art auctions and fundraisers and partnerships are all tangible and realistic events that support the organization.

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Karlette 09/29/2021

Thank you for those kind words.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love knowing about ChildrenUp. I am so impressed with how one couple’s dream has turned into this vital life changing program.
I am thrilled for the founders but even more thrilled for all the exciting success I have seen in student after student after student. I’ve been to Uganda and I know the odds.

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Karlette 09/29/2021

Thank you for those kind words. It has been a thrill of ours to see these student become productive adults that are giving back to their community.

Ronald K.3

Donor

Rating: 5

We were introduced to Children Up by a friend, who is an active supporter of the organization. He shared stories with us of the children in Uganda who have had their lives changed by the educational opportunities provided by Children Up. We also appreciate that Children Up is a "human sized" organization, with its roots in the midwest, and administrated locally, thereby insuring that funds are carefully watched and used effectively. As a life long educator, I know that for some children , a future with promise can only be achieved though quality education. It is a blessing that this organization allows us here in America to have an impact on a child in Africa.

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Karlette 10/27/2020

I like the "human sized" comment. It is true we do like the contact we have with each student. Thank you for your kind words.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been contributing to Children Up through our church's alms giving for several years. My husband is impressed that the director and board members are all volunteers who receive no compensation for their services. That kind of dedication is laudable. Having taught on a reservation in NE Montana for 14 years, we witnessed how education and mentoring make all the difference. Children Up makes this essential difference for students in Uganda.

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Karlette 10/24/2020

Thank you for your kind words. As a board member, I know how passionate we are about giving our time for these students.

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Karlette 10/24/2020

Thank you for your kind words. As a board member, I know how passionate we are about giving our time for these students.

Donor

Rating: 5

Children Up has a strong mission and its Board has a steadfast commitment to its Ugandan students’ educations. There is much learned at every level by all involved with this nonprofit. I am a retired teacher who had an amazing opportunity to engage an entire middle school in sponsoring one of Children Up’s first students who will soon be a practicing medical doctor. Life lessons of giving to others, the appreciation of education and the value of intrinsic motivation were vital take aways for middle school students then, AND continue today at CMS as it sponsors another Children Up student. My children, grandchildren and I also sponsor a fine young man through Children Up. I am grateful to Children Up for enriching me, my family and many students through its strong mission.

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Karlette 10/24/2020

The ripple effect! We are so grateful to you and your family for all they have given to ChildrenUP. Not only monetary, but also the time and expertise you have given to ChildrenUP. Thank you!

Robyn D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful volunteer organisation set up by dedicated and caring founders. We became involved as donors after working with them in an educational institution and witnessing their empathy for students. When, after retiring, they turned their energies to setting up this foundation to sponsor the education of Ugandan children, we were inspired by their efforts to make a difference in a part of the world where life is difficult for many children. There are many things we like about this organisation. There is an emphasis on working hard, values, cooperation and striving to maximise potential. Equal numbers of boys and girls are selected and their personal circumstances as well as their academic results are taken into consideration. The foundation is run with keen participation of the local people and not imposed from outside the country. Donors are kept in touch with the students' progress by reports and letters from the students. It is a privilege for us to be able to take part in an organisation which is ethically run and offers hope for a better future for a group of young people in this troubled world.

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Karlette 10/20/2020

Thank you for your kind words. We do work at keeping the focus on the students excelling in their culture.

Kate B.9

Donor

Rating: 5

We have watched our sponsored student grow from a 7th grade student to a successful young man working in computer science. Much care is taken by Children Up selecting students and giving them mentor and peer support so they can achieve their goals. For only $100 a month it is amazing that my contribution is able to stretch so far and make a difference. The kids are dedicated and work so hard.

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Karlette 10/20/2020

Your support has helped so much! Thank you for the support and your beautiful words.

Teri L.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the dedication and love that the board and donors have for the organization and the work they do impact Uganda. This group's important work impacts not just the students they sponsor but also the communities where the students live. Excellent leadership and caring individuals!!!

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Karlette 10/20/2020

Thank you so very much for those kind words.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve only recently learned of this organization but have seen the dedication of staff and volunteers as they do everything possible to provide high-level educational opportunities to qualified students in this African nation. With their help, individuals are allowed to advance academically as well as emotionally. The progress of each student from his/her application through graduation is approached with ongoing mentoring and monitoring as a means to ensure success. It’s such a worthwhile program with far-reaching benefits not only for the student but the individual relationships and community that develop and In some cases, even the nation/world itself.

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Karlette 09/14/2020

Education does bring us together. Thank you for those kind words.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher, I find this charity so well organized and student based. Older students are required to mentor younger students. In-country directors are former students. The founder goes to Uganda once a year to supervise, oversee, and encourage the chosen students and to select new students who score very high on their 7th grade leaving exams in small villages. High school is paid for and only available to students who can pay the approximate $1000 US dollars a year. All of the students would not be able to go on with education without the Children Up scholarship. And it pays for as high as they can achieve, even medical school. What a wonderful way to build a nation from the grass roots level with no strings attached except to study and to help one another! Donations completely go into the program. The US Director/Founder and the Board of Directors are education-based volunteers. And the US fundraisers are really fun and will be again after the COVID opening. I may not have all the facts exactly correct, but I follow the email newsletter and see all the work that is being done on an individual basis. I am aware of a junior high school class who did their own fundraising and sponsored one student for a year’s worth of school. There is great community trust in this program and in the people who run it.

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Karlette 09/08/2020

Thank you so much for all the kinds words.

Donor

Rating: 5

Charlie and Betty have poured their hearts into ChildrenUp and as a result, so many students in Uganda have benefitted from their hard work and dedication. They are committed to empowering students through education and they have done so with integrity and passion since the beginning. ChildrenUp continues to grow and flourish with each passing year and the result is more educated citizens in Uganda serving their communities and making a difference. Truly a full circle organization that is designed to keep giving back.

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Karlette 09/08/2020

Loukia, Thank you so much for your kind words and seeing the passion that Charlie and Betty have for the students.

Donor

Rating: 5

Charlie and Betty Laliberte have led Children Up with great love and care for the students they support. Their intelligent leadership has found creative ways to solve problems. They never seem to give up. By encouraging donors to sponsor individuals, they have helped to connect the student with a real person who will follow his or her progress and respond to their personal letters. As the years have passed, more and more students have benefited from their hard work and willingness to make a difference for children in Uganda. It's a wonderful organization!

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Karlette 09/08/2020

Thank you very much kind words. ChildrenUp has grown because of people like you who believe in the power of education.