Stephen lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Stephen participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Rolling a hoop, ping pong and singing are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Stephen to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Stephen lives on the plains of Kamuge, home to approximately 27,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS, intestinal worms, skin diseases and ring worms. Most adults in Kamuge work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, income-generating skills, adult literacy programs and modern farming methods training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kamuge Child Development Center to provide Stephen with Bible studies, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, games, scholastic materials, academic support, self-esteem education and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide literacy programs, parenting skills training, health education and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Stephen.
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 Pallisa