Pamela lives with her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, teaching others and caring for children. There are 3 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Pamela participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. She is also in primary school where her performance is below average. Playing jacks, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Pamela will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Pamela lives on the shores of Lake Victoria in the community of Entebbe Municipality, home to approximately 180,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron 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, greens, potatoes, rice and posho (cornmeal). Common health problems in this area include malaria, respiratory tract infections and eye infections. Most adults work as casual laborers or market vendors and earn the equivalent of $43 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and income-generating projects training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Entebbe Child Development Center to provide Pamela with Bible studies, health screenings, health and hygiene education, games, community service opportunities, counseling, tuition, a foam mattress and soap. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Pamela.
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: In Entebbe Town