Ian lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Ian works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and singing are Ian's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and choir.
Please remember Ian in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ian lives on the plains of Madibira 'A', home to approximately 46,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Samia and Bagwe and the most commonly spoken languages are Samia, Lugwe, Swahili, Luganda, Lusoga and Itesot.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS and skin rashes. Most adults in Madibira 'A' work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Busia Town Child Development Center to provide Ian with Bible studies, sports, hygiene education, health screenings, music, drama and dance competitions, scholastic materials, remedial classes, life skills training and opportunities to plant trees. The center staff will also provide evangelism, meetings, positive parenting programs and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Ian.
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 Busia