Christine lives with her father and her stepmother. At home, duties include carrying water, teaching others and gardening. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her stepmother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
Telling stories, art and walking are Christine's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Please remember Christine in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Christine lives on the plains of Kakoni, home to approximately 6,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud or cement walls and corrugated iron or grass-thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Baganda and the most commonly spoken language is Luganda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava, sweet potatoes and green vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, dysentery, worms and AIDS. Most adults in Kakoni work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, recreation facilities and modern farming skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kakoni Child Development Center to provide Christine with Bible studies, health screenings, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, recreational activities, counseling, community service opportunities, cultural programs, a foam mattress, soap, career guidance, tuition and skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Christine.
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 Kampala