In her home, Akec helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Akec enjoys ping pong, singing and telling stories. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Akec to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Akec lives on the plains of Lira Urban Archdeaconry, home to approximately 400,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of millet (grain), fish and simsim (sesame seeds).
Common health problems in this area include typhoid, skin disease, the flu, coughs, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Lira Urban Archdeaconry are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, food, clothing, play grounds and a library.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Augustine Lira Urban Child Development Center to provide Akec with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene and health education, first aid training, birthday parties, sports, scholastic materials, tuition, nutritious food and livelihood skills training. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities, meetings and parenting training for the parents or guardians of Akec.
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