Dorcus lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dorcus participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and playing house are her favorite activities.
Please remember Dorcus in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Dorcus lives on the plains of Busia Town Council, home to approximately 41,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud and have tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Ateso, Lusamia, Kiswahili, Luganda and English.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, millet, sorghum, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid, parasitic diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and measles. Most adults in Busia Town Council are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs clean water, food, vocational training centers, scholastic materials, improved seeds and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Busia Child Development Center to provide Dorcus with Bible studies, games and sports, hygiene education, nutritious food, health screenings, educational classes and life skills training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, meetings, home visits and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Dorcus.
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: Central Busia