Martin lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Martin works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Martin enjoys soccer, volleyball and singing. He attends Bible class, youth group and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Martin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Martin lives in the hillside community of Murambo, home to approximately 29,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, clay walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bakiga and the most commonly spoken language is Rukiga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, sorghum and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Murambo work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs water, electricity, scholastic materials, income-generating activities and improved seeds.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Murambo Child Development Center to provide Martin with Bible studies, health screenings, indoor and outdoor games, medical treatment, career guidance, scholastic materials, vocational training and domestic assistance. The center staff will also provide counseling, monthly prayer meetings and environmental protection education for the parents or guardians of Martin.
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 Kabale