Ian lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Ian enjoys soccer and running. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ian will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ian lives in the hillside community of Rubirizi-Nyarushanje, home to approximately 21,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bakiga and the most commonly spoken language is Rukiga.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS and worms. Most adults in Rubirizi-Nyarushanje work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rubirizi Child Development Center to provide Ian with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, games, community service opportunities, tuition, career guidance and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide health education and parenting skills training 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: South of Rukungiri