Nicholas lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gardening and caring for children. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and telling stories are Nicholas's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Please remember Nicholas in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Nicholas lives on the plains of Bukanga, home to approximately 34,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Basoga and Baganda and the most commonly spoken languages are Lusoga and Luganda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava, potatoes and matoke (steamed green plantains). Common health problems in this area include malaria, ulcers, dysentery, malnutrition, dental diseases and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Bukanga are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs clean water, markets for their produce, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bukanga Child Development Center to provide Nicholas with Bible teaching, games, hygiene education, health and dental screenings, counseling, field trips, self-esteem education, academic support and mosquito nets. The center staff will also provide meetings and positive parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Nicholas.
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: Northwest of Iganga