Deborah lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Deborah works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. There are 2 children in the family.
Ping pong, singing and telling stories are Deborah's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Deborah will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Deborah lives in the hillside community of Kyambogo, home to approximately 120,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Baganda and the most commonly spoken language is Luganda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, rice, sweet potatoes, groundnuts, peas, eggs, milk and fish. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS, dental decay and respiratory tract infections. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, suitable housing and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kyambogo Child Development Center to provide Deborah with Bible studies, health screening, hygiene and health education, games, birthday celebrations, community service opportunities, skills training and remedial classes. The center staff will also provide health seminars and meetings for the parents or guardians of Deborah.
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: East of Kampala