In his home, Owen helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Ping pong, soccer and singing are Owen's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Owen will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Owen lives in the hillside community of Kashenyi, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bahororo and the most commonly spoken languages are Rukiga and Runyankore.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes, maize and millet flour, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS, worms and respiratory infections. Most adults in Kashenyi work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $4 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kashenyi Child Development Center to provide Owen with Bible teaching, hygiene education, HIV awareness programs, birthday parties, educational field trips, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide health education and parenting skills training for the parents or guardians of Owen.
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: North of Rukungiri