Samantha lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, teaching others and helping in the kitchen. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Samantha participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Samantha in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Samantha lives in the forested community of Bunalwenyi Village, home to approximately 4,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched or iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bantu and the most commonly spoken language is Lusoga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, potatoes, cassava, ground nuts, fish, sweet potatoes and green vegetables. Common health problems in this area include the flu, malaria, skin diseases, dental decay, HIV/AIDS and jiggers (parasites). Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, vocational training centers, income-generating activities and markets for their produce.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bunalwenyi Child Development Center to provide Samantha with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, health screenings, first aid lessons, games, birthday celebrations, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide parenting workshops and tree planting opportunities for the parents or guardians of Samantha.
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 from Iganga