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Sentrine Aturinda  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: June 23, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Uganda
  • Center: St. Paul Kyabenda Child Development Center
  • Child ID: UG2540271
    • Waiting: 203 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Sentrine makes her home with her mother. Carrying water is her household duty. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Sentrine participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.

Please remember Sentrine in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Sentrine lives in the hillside community of Kahunde, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Bakiga, Batoro and Bafumbira.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, plantains, potatoes, goat, millet, groundnuts and green vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, HIV/AIDS and respiratory infections. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, trained teachers, modern farming skills training and improved roads for transportation of their produce.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Paul Kyabenda Child Development Center to provide Sentrine with Bible teaching, health screenings, medical treatment, hygiene education, sports, academic support and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide positive parenting seminars and food security training for the parents or guardians of Sentrine.
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.

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Child's Location: North of Kamwenge

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Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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