In her home, Mary helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. 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.
For fun, Mary enjoys singing, telling stories and playing house. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Mary to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Mary lives on the plains of Kiyagara, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Rutagwenda, Runyankole, Rukiga and Runyakitara.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava, potatoes, maize and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS and coughs. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs trained teachers, vocational training institutions, scholastic materials and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kabujogera Rural Evangelical Child Development Center to provide Mary with Bible studies, games and sports, health screenings, medical treatment, hygiene education and school attendance support. The center staff will also provide food security training and worship services for the parents or guardians of Mary.
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 Ibanda