Daphine lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Daphine works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Daphine enjoys volleyball, singing and telling stories. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Daphine in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Daphine lives on the plains of Kyamakanda, home to approximately 55,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin or grass roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Runyankole and Rukiga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice, sweet potatoes, millet and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, intestinal worms, diarrhea, tuberculosis, respiratory tract infections and HIV/AIDS. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and income-generating skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kyamakanda Child Development Center to provide Daphine with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, games, educational field trips, tuition and vocational skills. The center staff will also provide meetings, health education and parenting skills training for the parents or guardians of Daphine.
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: Southeast of Rukungiri