Sharon lives with her father and her stepmother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her stepmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Sharon enjoys singing, telling stories and walking. She attends Bible class, Vacation Bible School and youth group regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Sharon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sharon lives on the plains of Ibuje, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, sweet potatoes, beef, rice, millet, simsim (seed), peas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and psychological trauma (post war). Most adults in Ibuje work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $9 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, training in modern agricultural methods, income generating activities, medical treatment and mosquito nets.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ibuje Child Development Center to provide Sharon with Bible studies, hygiene education, health screenings, counseling, school attendance support, educational films and improved literacy levels. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness programs and meetings for the parents or guardians of Sharon.
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 Lira