Andrew makes his home with his grandmother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening are his household duties. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Andrew enjoys playing a musical instrument, soccer and singing. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Andrew to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Andrew lives on the plains of Burunga, home to approximately 1,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Baganda, Banyankole, Bakiga and Banyarwanda and the most commonly spoken languages are Luganda, Runyankore/Rukiga and Kinyarwanda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, potatoes and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, diarrhea, fungal infections and HIV/AIDS. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs water, health centers, adult literacy programs, a market to sell produce and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nsiika Child Development Center to provide Andrew with Bible studies, hygiene education, health screenings, nutritious food, sports, school fees, scholastic materials, uniforms and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings and positive parenting training for the parents and guardians of Andrew.
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
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