In her home, Judith helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. She lives with her father and her grandmother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Judith participates in church activities and choir. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Judith to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Judith lives on the plains of Nangera, home to approximately 4,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Samia and the most commonly spoken language is Lusamiya.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, sweet potatoes, millet and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include bilharzias (parasitic disease), tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid, dysentery, skin infections, ulcers, jiggers and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Nangera work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs clean water, proper sanitation, teachers, modernized farming training, improved seeds and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nangera Child Development Center to provide Judith with Bible studies, health screenings, nutritious food, hygiene and health education, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, community service opportunities, sports, scholastic materials, uniforms, shoes and skills training.
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: Southwest of Busia Town