If you’re interested in a one-on-one impact that pairs you with one student, Uphuhliso is the program for you.

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. Secondary school students face ever-present temptations and crippling economics; nevertheless, they forge ahead. If the Uphuhliso students adhere to the strict standards of Uphuhliso membership, they receive the essentials as they make their way through secondary school: a school uniform, shoes, supplies, a solar calculator, an English dictionary, and a backpack. If the student remains in the program, each year he or she receives a year's-worth of school supplies and a new school uniform and school shoes, if necessary. In addition to all of the above, subsequent years come with incentives and recognition. During the second year, for instance, a learner earns a school blazer. During the third year, a student earns a winter uniform. During the fourth year, a learner receives guidance for the college/university application process. At the end of the fifth year, upon his or her passing of the matric (the high school exam) and successful graduation from high school, the student receives a laptop as he or she moves on to college/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 at least once per year, you will hear directly from your sponsored child. This one-on-one program is impactful and necessary, particularly given the challenges students face in high school as they strive to carve out a different, more hopeful future. We encourage you to stay up-to-date by checking our Facebook page and our Instagram and Twitter feeds.

We would be honored to welcome you to our group of amazing sponsors. To submit your sponsorship details, click here, or to gather more information, please contact us.

Uphuhliso Sponsors
Uphuhliso Coordinator
Mary Ellen Lynch

Ainsley Sullivan Perry
Ali and Pat Downes
Alicia and Eric Bjornson
Anabel Keany
Ann Robichaud
Anna Murphy
Anna and Tyler Burnley
Anne Marie and Bobby Roche
Annie De Compiegne-Lutz
Brian and Cindy Neprash
Chad and Julia Hoffer
Chris and Karen Cotter
Christine Woods
Connie Hayes
Danielle and Nick Williams
Devon Ducharme and Virginia Buckles
Dorothy Berube
Elizabeth Alsgaard
Elizabeth and Sam Tucker
Gail and Ted Yates
Jenny Berube
Jenny Yates
Joanne Fitch
Joe Yates
Kathleen M. Pappas
Karen Houston
Karen and Wayne Barnes
Kathleen Morrill
Kathryne and Robert Leonard
Kathy Lewis
Kourtney Patton
Laura and Peter Ragonese
Laurie Chruniak
Lewis and Susan Costas
Marie Doubleday
Mary Ellen Lynch and Nicholas Pappas
Mary Hayes
Meg Pickering
Meredith Gaudini
Onne and Tenley van der Wal
Petrie Family
Rhonda Finlayson
Risa Weinrit
Robin Porter Carlo
Sam Keany
Sara Bertuccio
Susan Coletti
Suzanne Ragonese
Teresa Newton-Moineau
Victoria Leonard
Zulekha Ludwig