Marion lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Marion works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Marion enjoys singing, telling stories and walking. She attends church activities, Bible class and choir regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Marion in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Marion lives in the hillside community of Kathasenda, home to approximately 27,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bakonzo and the most commonly spoken language is Lukonzo.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas and cassava. Common health problems in this area include cholera, malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Kathasenda are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, funds for education, income-generating training and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kathasenda Child Development Center to provide Marion with Bible studies, health screenings, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, recreational activities, community service opportunities, life skills training, counseling, school fees, soap and a foam mattress. The center staff will also provide meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Marion.
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 Kasese