Axas lives with her grandfather and her mother. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Axas works at home carrying water, gardening and caring for animals. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Axas enjoys ping pong, singing and telling stories. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Axas to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Axas lives in the hillside community of Kayonza, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, beef, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Kayonza are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers, electricity, water for irrigation, recreation facilities and a market for their agriculture products.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kayonza Child Development Centre to provide Axas with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene and health education, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, games and sports, livelihood skills training and reading and writing support. The center staff will also provide adult literacy training, positive parenting seminars, HIV/AIDS awareness programs and meetings for the parents or guardians of Axas.
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 Lyantonde