Elly lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Ping pong, soccer and playing with cars are Elly's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Elly will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Elly lives on the plains of Kihihi, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bakiga and the most commonly spoken language is Rukiga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, cassava, beef, rice, potatoes, goat, peas, ground nuts and green vegetables. Common health problems in this area include HIV/AIDS, malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. Most adults in Kihihi work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, improved farming methods training, income-generating activities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kihihi Child Development Centre to provide Elly with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, mosquito nets, games and sports, academic support, remedial classes and skills development. The center staff will also provide positive parenting seminars and counseling for the parents or guardians of Elly.
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 Kihihi