Nandera lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. There are 4 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Singing, telling stories and art are Nandera's favorite activities. In vocational training her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class, youth group and choir.
Please remember Nandera in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Nandera lives in the hillside community of Siabona, home to approximately 68,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and grass roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, beef, potatoes and greens. Common health problems in this area include malaria, bilharzias (parasitic disease), malnutrition, worms and HIV/AIDS. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $43 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, clean water, trained teachers, scholastic materials and modern agricultural methods.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Siabona Child Development Center to provide Nandera with Bible teaching, health checkups, hygiene education, food, community service opportunities, malaria prevention education, games, skills training programs, academic support, school supplies and mosquito nets. The center staff will also provide community health care classes and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Nandera.
Straddling the equator, Uganda has a diverse terrain with plains, forests, lakes, swamps and mountains. Much of the south is forested and most of the north is grassland. The country's high altitude moderates the tropical climate. The population is largely rural; its density is highest in the south.
Uganda is made up of a hodgepodge of African natives where no one ethnic group dominates. Forty-two percent of Ugandans are Protestant, almost another forty-two percent are Catholic, and about twelve percent are Muslim. English is the official language and other languages, such as Luganda, are used for small-scale commerce. Sub-Saharan Africa, where Uganda lies, bears the heaviest burden of the AIDS epidemic. In this region approximately 22 million children and adults are living with HIV/AIDS; approximately 940,000 of these are Ugandan.
By the fifteenth century, the Buganda kingdom ruled much of what is now central Uganda. European explorers entered the area in 1862. Following civil war, a British protectorate took control in 1896. Independence movements of the 1950s came to fruition in 1962 when Uganda was granted self-rule. In 1971, army commander Idi Amin took control through a coup, looting the country and killing an estimated 300,000 during an eight-year reign of terror. An invasion by the Tanzanian army in 1979 overthrew Amin and the country went through a period of instability where governments arose and were overthrown. In 1986, Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Army took over the leadership after a brief war; he is the current leader. Since then, Uganda's economy has strengthened and the government has remained stable but the 1990s have seen a rise in insurgency in the north.
Map of Uganda
Child's Location: Southeast of Bugiri