In his home, Peter helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 6 children in the family.
For fun, Peter enjoys soccer, swimming and singing. He attends church activities and youth group regularly and is in primary school where his performance is below average.
Please remember Peter in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Peter lives on the plains of Butema Village, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and grass roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bantu and the most commonly spoken language is Samia.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, beef, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis, worms and skin infections. Most adults in Butema Village are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, clean drinking water, income-generating activities and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Butema Child Development Center to provide Peter with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, games and sports, birthday parties, educational field trips, skills training and drawing and arts and crafts classes. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Peter.
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: East of Kampala