Name: Ajuro Fiona (goes by Fiona)
Reported birthdate: December 8, 2008 (11 years old)
Favorite food: Rice
Favorite activity: Playing netball
Child is happy when... She is reading
Child wants to be a... Tailor
Home information: Fiona is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Her family resides in Imakioroch, a small community within Bugoi. Fiona lives with her mother and father and has three sisters and three brothers. Her family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow maize and beans to eat and to sell at market when they can. Fiona helps at home by fetching water and collecting firewood.
School information: Fiona attended a government-run school through grade 4, but her family struggled to keep paying her school fees and meet her physical needs. She was able to join grade 5 at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School in February 2020. Sponsorship will fund her continued education and care there. In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. Fiona's younger sisters Idao Jane Faith and Apila Sarah also attend the Haven of Hope school through sponsorship.
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. 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.
Prayer requests: Fiona asks for prayer to continue her education.
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