Alinda makes his home with his mother. Gathering firewood, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alinda participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and telling stories are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Alinda will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alinda lives on the plains of Kitembeka, home to approximately 8,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin or grass roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Batoro, Banyankole, Bakiga, Banyarwanda and Banyoro and the most commonly spoken languages are Rutoro, Runyankore/Rukiga, Kinyarwanda and Runyoro.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, cassava, beef and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia, asthma, worms and typhoid. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs water, access to medical care, secondary schools, scholastic materials and trained teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. John Buhamba Child Development Center to provide Alinda with Bible studies, hygiene education, health screening, games and sports, life skills training, scholastic materials, handicrafts training and domestic assistance. The center staff will also provide meetings, fellowship and home visits for the parents or guardians of Alinda.
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: North of Hoima