Mirriam makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mirriam participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Rolling a hoop, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Please remember Mirriam in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Mirriam lives on the plains of Otimai B (Acengryeny), home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of cassava, millet, beans, fish, maize and peas. Common health problems in this area include respiratory tract infections, malaria, worms and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Otimai B (Acengryeny) are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Acengryeny Child Development Centre to provide Mirriam with praise and worship, malaria education, sports, birthday celebrations, art and crafts, knitting lessons, scholastic materials, income-generating activities, nutrition and hygiene education, skills training and school fees. The center staff will also provide literacy classes, meetings, child protection education and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Mirriam.
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 Lira