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 three continents: Africa, and North and South America, with six countries represented! We value a collaborative, accountable, intentional focus to help vulnerable children in South Sudan’s Nuer 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.”

Mission Statement

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. We are working together toward our goal of welcoming the most vulnerable girls and boys, ages 3-15. Besides Tito, the original dreamer of this project, there are handfuls of dedicated workers/volunteers in South Sudan, Kenya and in the exiled Nuer community and well as the USA. We are a 501(c) 3 tax exempt, charitible organization.A volunteer is keeping our tax-exempt financial records. We also have a couple college students working on this website. 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, 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!


Our Dream In One Picture


Tax-deductible donations can be made through the website or check –  we’re 501(c)(3).

Checks can be made out to “UOCO” and sent to Treasurer Megan Coppage, at P.O. Box 100, Barboursville, VA 22923. 

With deep gratitude.

Mary Grace, President and Liaison UOCO (USA)  


marygrace@uoco.org or warorphancaremary@gmail.com