THE UPHUHLISO MISSION is based strictly on home- and school-centered intervention to provide educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies. Toward that end, the Uphuhliso Program recognizes students with distinguished academic, attendance, and citizenship records by supporting them as they progress through secondary school, a vital and often vulnerable time in their lives. 

UPHUHLISO means empowerment and development in Xhosa, and we are delighted that a vibrant part of our mission involves the empowerment of high school students, those often overlooked in the world of giving. Despite ever-present temptations and crippling economics, Universal Promise students receive the essentials as they make their way through secondary school: a school uniform, shoes, books, supplies, a backpack, and a mentor.

Students apply to Uphuhliso (formerly Hope After High School) in Grade 7. If they adhere to the rigorous program of accountability based on attendance, citizenship, and performance, upon graduation from high school, the Uphuhliso honorees will receive a laptop and other educational supplies for their freshman year of university.

As a UP sponsor, you will receive a photo of your student and learn about his/her family situation, favorite activities, and dreams, and twice per year we will update you about the student's progress. Your sponsorship will be used in its entirety to support those who adhere to the expectations of the Uphuhliso program. To submit your sponsorship details, click here, or to gather more information, please contact us.

Uphuhliso Sponsors
Anna Burnley, Uphuhliso Coordinator 

Ainsley Sullivan Perry
Ali and Pat Downes
Ann Robichaud
Anna Murphy
Anna and Tyler Burnley
Anne Marie and Bobby Roche
Annie De Compiegne-Lutz
Brian and Cindy Neprash
Caroline Vohr
Chad and Julia Hoffer
Chris and Karen Cotter
Christine Woods
Danielle and Nick Williams
Denys Eftekhar
Diane S. Manson
Dorothy Berube
Elizabeth and Sam Tucker
Gail and Ted Yates
Janet Stott
Jenny Berube
Jenny Yates
Joanne Fitch
Joe Yates
Karen Houston
Karen and Wayne Barnes
Kathleen Morrill
Kathryne and Robert Leonard
Kathy Lewis
Kirsten Gallagher
Kourtney Patton
Laurie Chruniak
Lewis and Susan Costas
Lisa Kerigan
Marie Doubleday
Mary Hayes
Petrie Family
Rhonda Finlayson
Risa Weinrit
Susan Coletti
Susie Hill
Suzanne Ragonese
Victoria Leonard