Andrew lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Andrew works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening.
Andrew is not presently attending school. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Please remember Andrew in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Andrew lives in the hillside community of Rutenga, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread, cassava, rice, potatoes, ground nuts, peas and green vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, allergies, coughs, pneumonia, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Rutenga are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs libraries, qualified teachers, scholastic materials, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Rutenga Child Development Centre to provide Andrew with Bible studies, health screenings, sports and games, skills training, counseling, career guidance and home visits. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because their parents lack understanding about the importance of education; therefore, children work to help support their families.
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: Southwest of Rukungiri