Joseph lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Joseph works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joseph participates in Bible class, youth group and camp. He is also in vocational training where his performance is average. Soccer, telling stories and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Joseph in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Joseph lives in the hillside community of Bushikori, home to approximately 18,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bantu and the most commonly spoken language is Lugisu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, greens, cassava, rice, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin infections and HIV/AIDS. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers or bricklayers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs scholastic materials, improved agriculture methods, a market, recreation facilities, roads and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bushikori Child Development Center to provide Joseph with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene education, games, birthday parties, career guidance, computer lessons and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide positive parenting training and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Joseph.
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 Mbale