Jouan lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Jouan works at home carrying water and helping in the kitchen. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jouan participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Please remember Jouan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jouan lives on the plains of Kayunga, home to approximately 350,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Baganda and the most commonly spoken language is Luganda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, guinea pig, greens, bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and coughs. Most adults in Kayunga are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs educational materials, qualified teachers and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kayunga Child Development Center to provide Jouan with Bible studies, health screening, sports, health and hygiene education, birthday celebrations, community service opportunities, tuition, career guidance and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide positive parenting seminars, meetings and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Jouan.
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: In Kayunga