Jenninah lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jenninah participates in church activities, youth group and choir. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Jenninah will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jenninah lives on the plains of Muganza Community, home to approximately 7,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bafumbira and the most commonly spoken language is Rufumbira.
The regional diet consists of beans, Irish potatoes and maize. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition, jiggers and respiratory tract infections. Most adults in Muganza Community work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs water, vocational training centers, literacy programs, qualified teachers, improved farming methods and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Muganza Child Development Center to provide Jenninah with Bible studies, medical treatment, exercise, games, counseling, community service opportunities, educational field trips, skills training and school fees. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project participation for the parents or guardians of Jenninah.
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 Kisoro