Sponsorship is one way to:

  • change a young  person’s life and demonstrate that someone, somewhere, cares enough to want to help
  • give opportunities for skills training to the very poor, vulnerable and orphaned
  • provide hope for the future and a means of becoming self-sufficient and a valuable Ugandan citizen 

The courses available:

Why Nile Vocational Institute?

This private vocational institute was founded in 1987 at Njeru to give opportunities to the most needy, especially orphans. It provides good skills training in a sound, loving environment where youngsters are prepared practically, socially and emotionally for adult life.

  • Young people, normally aged 14-20, attend a 3 year residential course.
  • After a basic skills year which includes maths , English and business skills students specialise for two further years, including a four month placement in commerce or industry. Internal and recognised external exams are taken in the final year.

A follow-up programme provides seminars and workshops, and credit and lease schemes help students to obtain tools and equipment for their businesses. Follow up indicates that over 90% of leavers become successfully employed or self- employed. 

  • Principles of hard work, discipline, time management, quality and honesty are instilled. 
  • Nile Vocational Institute is forward looking, constantly seeking to improve and expand it's range of skills education.

In our partnership with NVI we have been impressed not only by the quality of education, but by the loving care and attention that is given to the welfare and development of these young people, who up to this point have had so little opportunity and who often have suffered so much.

How are youngsters selected to attend NVI?

NVI welcomes young people from all cultural and religious backgrounds. Individuals are nominated by various agencies across the country. Through NVI, UgandAid aims to support 

  • Vulnerable youngsters, the poorest of the poor, with no other chance of further education 
  • Those who have completed at least primary education (Interrupted education may mean that ages vary slightly) 
  • Those willing to work for their future - not expecting handouts or spoon­feeding.