Who we are?

Youth Encouragement Services, Inc. (YES) is a Christian NGO (and US registered 503(c)(3)) situated in Fort Portal, Uganda. Through the dedicated work of our team, YES seeks to improve the welfare of orphaned and vulnerable youth, including children born HIV+. Since 1996, we have served the needs of thousands of children across Western Uganda. 


Our Mission

The mission of Youth Encouragement Services (YES) is to empower orphaned and vulnerable youth by providing them with educational opportunities and support, enabling them to become self-reliant and successful members of the community. Our primary focus is on education – including food, clothing, and supplies – as we believe it is the best way to equip the children we serve for meaningful work and to honor their dignity as individuals created in the image of God.


Lead by a team of locally-based staff, YES’s programs offer a range of services to provide for youth of all ages and needs.

  • YES Scholarship: Supports the education of orphans and vulnerable children by covering the fees for enrollment, boarding, lunch, uniforms, scholastic materials, and basic healthcare. Learn more about YES Scholarship
  • Manna Rescue Home: Provides secure housing and loving care for vulnerable HIV+ children. Learn more about Manna Rescue Home


Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)