Ivan lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Ivan works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, singing and art are Ivan's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Ivan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ivan lives in the hillside community of Mbale Suburb, home to approximately 400,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bagisu and the most commonly spoken language is Lumasaba.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice, cassava, potatoes and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, scalp infections, respiratory tract infections and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mbale Suburb work as casual laborers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials and income-generating training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nabuyonga Child Development Center to provide Ivan with Bible studies, health screenings, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, sports, community service opportunities, skills training, school fees, a foam mattress, shoes, school uniforms and soap. The center staff will also provide meetings, adult literacy classes, health training and positive parenting education for the parents or guardians of Ivan.
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: Western Mbale