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Tumukunde Onesmas  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: February 1, 1996
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Uganda
  • Center: Kyabugimbi Child Development Center
  • Child ID: UG2280093
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Onesmas lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Onesmas works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Onesmas enjoys soccer, singing and telling stories. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.

Please remember Onesmas in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Onesmas lives in the hillside community of Kyabugimbi, home to approximately 17,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyankore and the most commonly spoken language is Runyankore.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava, potatoes and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Kyabugimbi are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and tuition assistance.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kyabugimbi Child Development Center to provide Onesmas with Bible teaching, health monitoring, games, school attendance support and handicraft courses. The center staff will also provide health education, literacy programs and parenting skills workshops for the parents or guardians of Onesmas.
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: Northeast of Bushenyi

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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