Name: Acan Mariam (goes by Mariam)
Reported birthdate: May 16, 2017 (currently age 5)
Favorite food: Beans and rice
Favorite color: Black
Home information: Mariam is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Haven of Hope staff report, “Mariam comes from a few kilometers away from where the Haven of Hope school is located. She has twelve family members, including five sisters and three brothers. She helps her mother to do home activities like sweeping the compound and collecting firewood.”
School information: Through sponsorship, Mariam will be able to join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School at the beginning of 2023, where she will be placed in the appropriate nursery class for her age and learning level.* In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and up to six years of secondary school. At school, Mariam will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals, medical care, and clothing.
Village information: In Bugoi, most people live in small groupings of mud huts with thatched roofs and depend on small-scale farming or gardening to feed themselves. This is often made difficult by drought, which can lead to poor harvests and famine. The Haven of Hope school is located beside a lake, where some villagers also engage in fishing. Families tend to be large, and many adults care for orphans in addition to their biological children. Disease, including HIV and AIDS, is common and has left many children without one or both of their parents. Poverty also keeps many children from attending school, as families struggle to meet their basic needs and afford school fees.
*Any financial contributions made toward Mariam's sponsorship before the 2023 school year begins will help her school prepare to open and ensure that she has everything she needs to start school.
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