Yasin lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Yasin works at home carrying water, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yasin participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and swimming are his favorite activities.
Please remember Yasin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Yasin lives in the hillside community of Bufumbo, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bagisu and the most commonly spoken language is Lumasaba.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS, skin rashes, intestinal worms and ringworms. Most adults in Bufumbo work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, income-generating skills and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bufumbo Child Development Center to provide Yasin with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, games, scholastic materials, music courses, self-esteem education, community service opportunities and handicraft classes. The center staff will also provide literacy programs, parenting skills classes, health education and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Yasin.
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: East of Mbale