James makes his home with his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, soccer and singing are James's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Please remember James in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
James lives on the flatlands of Jinja Municipality, home to approximately 37,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Basoga and the most commonly spoken language is Lusoga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, beef, greens, potatoes, cassava, rice and ground nuts. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Jinja Municipality work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs income-generating activities, tuition assistance and textbooks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jinja Child Development Center to provide James with Bible studies, hygiene education, games, community service opportunities and academic support. The center staff will also provide nutrition seminars, positive parenting training and malaria control and prevention education for the parents or guardians of James.
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: Within Jinja