Daniel lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
Daniel is not presently attending school. Soccer, singing and telling stories are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Daniel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Daniel lives in the hillside community of Murambi Parish, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava, beef, potatoes, goat, peas and groundnuts. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, waterborne diseases and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Murambi Parish work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs schools, scholastic materials, income-generating activities and improved farming methods training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Murambi Child Development Center to provide Daniel with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene and health education, HIV/AIDS prevention awareness programs, sports and games, reading and writing support, income-generating training and home visits. The center staff will also provide meetings, counseling, positive parenting training and HIV/AIDS prevention awareness training for the parents or guardians of Daniel.
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: Southeast of Ntungamo