Stephen lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Stephen enjoys soccer, playing with cars and singing. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Stephen will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Stephen lives in the hillside community of Busiula, home to approximately 14,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and grass thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, bilharzias (parasitic disease), leprosy and malnutrition. Most adults in Busiula work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, clean water, teachers, scholastic materials and modernized farming equipment.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Busiula Child Development Center to provide Stephen with Bible studies, health screenings, nutritious food, hygiene education, counseling, games and sports, special celebrations, remedial classes, mosquito nets, soap, blankets, shoes, tuition, career guidance and skills training. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement and income generating programs for the parents or guardians of Stephen.
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: Southwest of Bugiri