Shirat lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Shirat participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and playing house are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Shirat will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Shirat lives on the plains of Nyakayojo, home to approximately 13,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud and wattle walls, and corrugated iron and banana fiber roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyankore and the most commonly spoken language is Runyankore.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava, posho, plantains and milk. Common health problems in this area include malaria, intestinal worms and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Nyakayojo are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nyakayojo Child Development Center to provide Shirat with Bible teaching, health screenings and treatment, hygiene classes, educational tours, recreational activities and handcraft courses. The center staff will also provide lessons on parenting skills and income generating activities for the parents or guardians of Shirat.
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: Southwest of Mbarara