Ronah makes her home with her father and her grandmother. Carrying water and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing house, playing ball games and playing group games are Ronah's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Ronah to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Ronah lives in the hillside community of Rubaya, home to approximately 35,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or mud floors, clay walls and thatched or iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bakiga and the most commonly spoken language is Rukiga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, sorghum, potatoes, cabbage, peas, wheat and Irish potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Rubaya are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs potable water, vocational training and income-generating projects.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rubaya Child Development Center to provide Ronah with Bible studies, health screenings, nutritious meals, health education, games, community service opportunities, scholastic materials, school fees, career guidance, shoes, clothes and mattresses. The center staff will also provide adult literacy training, food security campaigns and income-generating activities education for the parents or guardians of Ronah.
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: South of Kabale