Damaris lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. 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, singing and playing house are Damaris's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Damaris will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Damaris lives in the mountainous community of Tulwo, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Sabiny and the most commonly spoken language is Kupsabiny.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include typhoid, malaria, cancer, pneumonia, brucellosis (parasitic disease) and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Tulwo are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, employment opportunities and livelihood skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tulwo Child Development Centre to provide Damaris with Bible teaching, hygiene and health education, health screenings, games and sports, life skills training, home visits and special celebrations. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they lack economic resources.
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: Southeast of Kapchorwa