Ithungu lives with her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 4 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ithungu participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Ithungu in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Ithungu lives in the hillside community of Bwera, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bakonzo and the most commonly spoken language is Lhukonzo.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava, goat, chicken, fish and plantains. Common health problems in this area include cholera, malaria, diarrhea, coughs, Hepatitis B and the flu. Most adults in Bwera work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, income-generating training and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kithoma Child Development Center to provide Ithungu with Bible studies, medical treatment, first aid training, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, Hepatitis B screenings, recreational activities, community service opportunities, life skills training, tuition, counseling and domestic assistance. The center staff will provide meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Ithungu.
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: West of Kasese