In his home, Caleb helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Caleb participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Ping pong, soccer and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Caleb will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Caleb lives in the mountainous community of Kapyoyon, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or grass walls and cement or thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, beef, rice, potatoes, goat and green vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, pneumonia, cancer, typhoid, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and measles. Most adults in Kapyoyon are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, vocational skills training, income-generating activities and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kapyoyon Child Development Centre to provide Caleb with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene and health education, games and sports, life skills training and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide adult literacy programs and positive parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Caleb.
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 Kapchorwa