In her home, Nagawa helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, ping pong and playing jacks are Nagawa's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Nagawa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nagawa lives on the plains of Masulita, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Baganda and the most commonly spoken language is Luganda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and groundnuts. Common health problems in this area include malaria, fevers, HIV/AIDS and lack of safe drinking water. Most adults in Masulita are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, qualified teachers, improved roads, a market for their produce and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Masulita Child Development Center to provide Nagawa with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, health screenings, games, academic support and mosquito nets. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, meetings, positive parenting skills and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Nagawa.
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: Northwest of Kampala