Upper-Nile Orphans Care Organization

Who Are We?

UpperNile Orphans Care Organization is an official NGO in South Sudan, Africa. Our first project is the founding of a war orphan boarding school.
This is an international effort by staff and volunteers on four continents: Africa, Asia, North and South America, with eight countries represented! We value a collaborative, accountable, intentional focus to help vulnerable children in South Sudan community.

Map showing South Sudan

The reality we want to change

War Torn School

"Our war orphan boarding school project will give real orphaned and vulnerable children a loving home, tender healing and real HOPE."

Mary Grace - USA - UOCO Liaison Tweet

“The only way to restore hope for war weary children is quality education. Establishing a Boarding School for orphaned and disadvantaged children will absolutely restore hope for our most vulnerable.”


Our vision is for all children, everywhere, to have what and whom they need to grow into joyful, healthy, happy, engaged people who can live lives of peace.

Mission Statement

UOCO’s mission is to provide safe, kind care with free education for vulnerable girls and boys, ages 3-15. This participatory, collaborative effort will build to a capacity of 50 student-residents. Integrating conflict resolution skills into academic studies will empower these traumatized children and give them valid options in their lives.

Once well established, we can host volunteer teachers or community volunteers. We plan to eventually link with an international exchange program, train community health workers and offer scholarships to universities and link with the community for adult literacy.

Organizational Blurb

As of August 2020, UpperNile Orphans Care Organization (UOCO) is an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Our first project as UOCO is to build the Hands of Hope Community School, in Leer, South Sudan. We chose a different name for the school itself so as not to stigmatize the children. Besides Tito, the original dreamer of this project, there are handfuls of dedicated workers and volunteers in South Sudan, Kenya and and well as the USA and Brazil! UOCO in the USA is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt, charitable organization. We are also a Student Led Organization at University of North Carolina. “UOCO at Carolina” integrates college students into this effort.
As Tito said: “If you have a heart for children, we welcome you to this work for war orphans and other vulnerable children.”

Current Steps

An important moment for us:

Our board member Tab Gadiet, far left, who lives in the Capital city Juba, has negotiated and purchased the land up in Leer!


UOCO’s Hand of Hope Community School compound is ours!

Uoco Soccer

Our Dream In One Picture


Donations can be made through the website or by check. Our 501(c)(3) status allows us to legally accept tax-deductible donations; all donations small and large are most welcome.

Checks can be made out to “UOCO” and sent to Treasurer Megan Coppage, at P.O. Box 100, Barboursville, VA 22923. If you can consider making a recurring monthly donation, that will help us plan for future budgeting needs. Also, if you are interested in leaving a “Legacy Gift” in your will, please contact our treasurer Megan Coppage. 

With deep gratitude.

Mary Grace, President and Liaison UOCO (USA)  


marygrace@uoco.org or warorphancaremary@gmail.com  

Kick-Off for UOCO at Carolina!

Please help us welcome the newest University of North Carolina student led organization! We will have our “Literal Kick-Off for UOCO at Carolina” in August! Carolina affiliated interest can be addressed to mary2020@email.unc.edu