Having lived through the horror of civil war herself, Nestar came to pursue her masters degree in the Netherlands in 2008. Around that time, the guns were silent, and a window of peace seemed to have opened. People started to return to their ancestral homes and villages after over two decades of living in Internally Displaced Person's (IDP) camps. Nestar and her family felt first hand what it means to be displaced from their home.
As a mother of four children, Nestar feels fortunate to live in a country where education, health care and other social services are a fundamental human right in practice. Born with a congenital heart defect, her oldest son underwent an open heart surgery in 2008; an opportunity many parents can only dream of in Uganda. Nestar thinks about many children in her village in Kitgum and in many other places around the world who never have the opportunity her son had; most of whom die before their first birthdays. She believes education opens doors of opportunities to the future generation and hopes through Uganda Kitgum Education Foundation (UKEF), many professionals including doctors and policy makers will rise.
With her husband Ed Grassere, Nestar started sponsoring the education of a few students back in Uganda. In February, 2013 the couple embarked on a bigger journey. Together, they are supporting pre school and primary school education of 115 children in Kitgum District. The children receive formal schooling, play together with the guidance of 6 teachers and get two meals during the day. To support this magnificent journey, they founded Uganda Kitgum Education Foundation (UKEF).
Since February 2013, UKEF is a registered foundation with an ANBI status. We are a young, noble and flexible foundation committed to building a school and providing educational support to children left of formal schooling in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda.