About Our Staff

2019 Team

As any parent of a teenager knows, once that teenager is in high school, parental guidance is not enough. Teachers, counselors, club advisers, and coaches assist in the raising up and the education of each of those teenagers. Imagine a teenager you know leaving home to live at high school. The ChildrenUP family of students do just that. They leave whatever security they knew in their community, their family, and their friends in order to attain a secondary education. To guide and assist our students, ChildrenUP has incorporated the expertise of coordinators.

The staff oversee each studentís academic, social, emotional and financial situation. They meet with the students at the beginning of each term in a school year providing them with the school and personal supplies that they will need. In addition to this, they meet with the students to talk with them, check their course work and counsel the students. During these school campus visits, the student advocates meet with the in-school mentors and classroom teachers to keep abreast of the students needs and accomplishments.

The staff handles payment of tuition and purchases supplies for each of the three terms.

The staff also is available for emergency calls.

Student advocates reports are filed with ChildrenUP each trimester so that the board is aware of the progress and the needs of each student.

Meet our ChildrenUP Uganda Staff

Okello VincentOkello Vincent

Okello Vincent is our ChildrenUP Uganda Country Director since 2017. Okello has the educational credentials and the work experience to lead ChildrenUP Uganda. He has obtained Ugandan NGO recognition for ChildrenUP Uganda and a license renewal through 2022. He works with the governmental agencies and official of Nwoya, Gulu, Amuru and Omoro. He has a working staff of school mentors and student advocates whose focus is mentoring the students as they navigate the new world of boarding school education. He has strong communication skills that allow transparency within our organization.




Rachel Akullo Rachel Akullo


Rachel Akullo teaches tailoring at a vocational school in Lira. She has worked with ChildrenUP as a student advocate since 2011. She has supported students since her first year with ChildrenUP. Many of our students have succeeded with her support. She understands the value of educational sponsorship.



Alimocan Janet KinyeraJanet



Janet joined ChildrenUP Uganda in March 2018 as a student advocate. She brings to ChildrenUP Uganda her training not only in education, but also in stress management, mindfulness and accountability which has enriched her role as a student advocate. Janet has worked with all our students to build self-confidence and self-motivation. She has worked to accomplish many of the tasks this year that have propelled ChildrenUP Uganda forward.


Oryem John BoscoJohn Bosco


Oryem John Bosco teaches history and religious education at St. Joseph’s College In Layibi, Gulu, Uganda. He is a graduate of Gulu University. He has been a school mentor for ChildrenUP for the past eight years. In 2019 he will also be a student advocate, supervising all of the ChildrenUP students.




Leonard Rosalyn


We welcome Leonard Rosalyn as the new 2019 office administrator for ChildrenUP. Rosalyn is a graduate of Gulu University with a major in Secretarial and Information Management. Rosalyn is an effective organizer of our files as well an efficient problem solver. She is a vital link in the communications with ChildrenUP in the USA.