Children on the Edge

Pre-primary education for Congolese refugees

800 under-sevens who have fled horrific violence and Ebola in DRCongo will learn, play, and recover from trauma in safe, colourful nursery schools. High-quality teaching will give them the key foundational skills they need to be successful throughout their education and in life.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1101441)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

  • Children on the Edge looks after those young lives who are marginalised - it is life changing, raw and makes a critical difference to those who need us most. I so admire their work.

    — Bear Grylls, Broadcaster and Author

  • Children on the Edge is the most efficient and effective organisation we have ever had the pleasure of working with.

    — Simon Pattinson, Co-Founder, Montezuma's Chocolates

  • Many donors want to rule the projects, and their agenda doesn’t reflect the real need that is here. Children on the Edge work with us in discussion and friendship.

    — Janine Matar, Children on the Edge Project partner on refugee education, Lebanon


DRCongo is one of the poorest, most volatile countries in the world. Since new violence erupted in 2016, 700 Congolese refugees are arriving in Uganda’s Kyaka II refugee settlement each week.65% are children. There are primary and secondary schools in Kyaka but no quality pre-school provision. A child’s first six years are more pivotal for development and future success than any other period and thousands of vulnerable under-sevens are missing this key window for learning and trauma recovery.


Communities in Kyaka II have done all they can, without funds, to build pre-schools for their youngest children; but structures are poor and teachers are untrained. Children on the Edge have delivered low-cost, high-quality pre-school education programmes for refugees since 2000. Through teacher training and basic centre refurbishment we aim to support all 30 communities in Kyaka II to replicate our model schools. In year one (of three) we will start in 8 communities, reaching 800 children.