Samuel lives with his father. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer. Samuel works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Samuel participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and singing are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Samuel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Samuel lives on the plains of Kitondora, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Banyoro and Batoro and the most commonly spoken languages are Runyoro and Rutoro.
The regional diet consists of millet, cassava, beans and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, dysentery, worms, HIV/AIDS, coughs, typhoid and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance and income-generating projects training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Asobora Child Development Center to provide Samuel with Bible studies, immunizations, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, games and sports, social events, community service opportunities, skills training, career guidance, school fees and domestic assistance. The center staff will also provide parenting seminars and meetings for the parents or guardians of Samuel.
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: West of Hoima