In her home, Syson helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Syson enjoys art, jumping rope and playing ball games. She attends Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Syson in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Syson lives in the hillside community of Rutooma, home to approximately 10,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyankore and the most commonly spoken language is Runyankore.
The regional diet consists of sweet potatoes, maize, posho (maize flour) and groundnuts. Common health problems in this area include malaria and respiratory infections. Most adults in Rutooma work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $9 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials, teachers and vocational skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rutooma Child Development Center to provide Syson with Bible teaching, counseling, health education, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, educational field trips and vocational training. The center staff will also provide parenting skills programs, adult literacy training and health education for the parents or guardians of Syson.
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 Mbarara