Name: Akello Priscila (prefers to be called Priscila)
Birthdate: October 1, 2008
Age: 10 years old
Favorite food: Sweet potatoes and beans
Favorite activity: Singing and reading
Child is happy when... She is singing and playing
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Priscila is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Her mother passed away, and her father suffers from poor health; thus, Priscila lives with her aunt. She has two brothers and one sister. Her family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow crops to eat and to sell at market when possible. Priscila helps at home by cooking, fetching water, and helping in the garden. However, the family struggles to meet all of their needs, especially having enough to eat. Priscila’s most immediate needs are education, food, and medical care.
School information: Priscila has been able to attend a government school up to primary grade 2, but her family is struggling to continue her education. With sponsorship, she will join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where she will be placed in the appropriate grade for her age and learning level. In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. At the Haven of Hope school, Priscila will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals and medical care.
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 meet their basic needs. This is often made difficult by drought, which can lead to poor harvests and famine. The Haven of Hope school is located near 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. The local language spoken in Bugoi is Kumam, but children who attend school also learn English, the official language of Uganda.
Prayer requests: Pray that Priscila will thrive in school and remain healthy and strong.
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