Blasio makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for animals are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Blasio participates in Bible class and youth group. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, telling stories and art are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Blasio will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Blasio lives in the hillside community of Agurur B Village, home to approximately 5,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have iron sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava, rice, potatoes, millet, sorghum and goat.
Common health problems in this area include malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Agurur B Village work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, income-generating projects, tuition assistance and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tororo Child Development Center to provide Blasio with Bible studies, health screenings, nutritious food, health education, physical exercises, birthday celebrations, games, career guidance and livelihood skills training. The center staff will also provide parenting seminars, income-generating projects and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Blasio.
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 Tororo