Name: Amaco Judith (goes by Judith)
Reported birthdate: January 21, 2006 (14 years old)
Favorite food: Posho and beans
Favorite activity: Playing netball
Child is happy when... She is reading
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Judith is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Her family resides in Akwei, a small community within Bugoi. Judith lives with her mother and father and has two sisters and four brothers. Her family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow sorghum and potatoes to eat and to sell at market when they can. Judith helps at home by digging.
School information: Judith 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. Judith's younger brother Odengel Joseph also attends 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: Judith asks for prayer to grow in knowledge.
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