Nasaasira lives with his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, caring for children and running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Nasaasira enjoys rolling a hoop, soccer and playing with cars. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Nasaasira because he has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Nasaasira lives in the hillside community of Nyarurambi, home to approximately 37,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Banyankole and Bakiga and the most commonly spoken languages are Runyankore and Rukiga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, potatoes, sorghum and peas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, dysentery, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Nyarurambi are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $3 per month. This community has clean water but needs electricity, vocational training centers, teachers, modern farming methods and income generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nyarurambi Child Development Center to provide Nasaasira with Bible teaching, hygiene education, health screening, sports, community service opportunities, academic support, counseling, bedding and mosquito nets.
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: South of Rukungiri