Under the glare of the midday sun Francis reveals his prize possession - an old exercise book.
He gently turns the handful of pages, which are almost transparent from wear, and exposes the careful hand writing and addition sums that form the tapestry of his precious memories of school.
But Francis is not an old man recalling his youth; he is a 10-year-old boy desperate to learn. School should not be a distant memory for Francis - it should be an everyday reality.
Yet poverty, aggravated by war, has stopped him from getting schooling.
Clutching the book’s flimsy cover, which he has wrapped in newspaper to protect, Francis said: "I used to go to school but I stopped because my uncle couldn’t afford it. If I could have one wish it would be to have books and pens so I could write and go to school again."
Francis had to drop out of school last year after his uncle, Walter, struggled to pay for the materials he would need.
Francis’s mother, Walter’s sister died from HIV and his father went missing. Walter has been caring for Francis since he was a baby.
Walter has four other children and the conflict in Northern Uganda has robbed him of his livelihood. This had left the entire family living a hand-to-mouth existence.
Walter said: "If it wasn’t for the war our home and family would be stronger. The rebels killed my brother and they destroyed our hut and land. After the attack on our village we had to move to the camp.
"The camp wasn’t safe either. A few times the rebels entered and attacked. Each time I had to grab Francis and my other children and run into the bush to save them."
But Francis almost lost this small amount of protection when Walter was abducted by rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Walter was captive for two weeks before he managed to escape when he saw an opportunity after the militia men ordered him to keep watch for the Ugandan military.
After that the family moved to a large camp before being moved to a smaller one where they have been for the past four years.
Francis and his family are still waiting to return to their original village but they can't go until they rebuild their old hut and their vegetable garden, which was burnt by hunters, grows back.
Walter hopes this will happen in a year, but until then he farms in other vegetable gardens which are a two kilometer walk from their camp. Francis often helps his uncle grow and harvest the maize the family consumes.
Francis’s responsibilities also include fetching water, looking after his baby cousin and taking maize to be milled.
Although Francis likes farming, he knows that’s not where his future lies and his desperation to study is apparent.
He said: "I want to study and go to secondary level and after that I would like to train and become a driver because then I could earn money. Money is important because it can help you to buy utensils, books and other things.
"My happiest memory was when my uncle asked someone else to look after the baby and I could go to school."
"If I could change one thing in the world I would make sure all children in Uganda could get books and pens so they could go to school."
Walter admits that education is important for Francis but poverty means he is struggling to send the little boy to school.
Walter said: "I cannot afford educational materials for Francis. Sometimes I come home and I see Francis has been crying because he couldn’t go to school.
"I know that if he studies and succeeds in education he will be able to support himself and his family. If he doesn’t go to school he will have no future. I didn’t get an education but I try to look after the children. I try to make sure I can look after them if they are sick or get food for them. I hope to get Francis go back to school soon."
Up to 80% of the population in some of the most war-torn districts of northern Uganda have been badly affected by years of conflict. This has led to large numbers of people being displaced from their homes. Children feel the impact of this most keenly and have experienced an array of violence, abuse and neglect often leading to them being stigmatized. Their education has been disrupted and many are orphaned. Often children were also abducted by armed groups and have been through traumatic experiences.
This project provides much needed support to 1200 socially excluded children to attend primary school. It has also enabled 240 older children to receive vocational training and young mothers to study and learn new skills to improve their ability to support and protect themselves.