Name: Anuko Viola (goes by Viola)
Reported birthdate: February 7, 2017 (currently age 5)
Favorite food: Beans
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite subject: Drawing
Favorite activity: Playing
Child is happy when... She is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Viola is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Her family resides in Akwei, a small community within Bugoi. She lives with her father, Isaac, and has one sister and three brothers. Her mother is alive but left their family, so Isaac now cares for all of the children. Viola’s family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow maize, millet, and beans to eat and to sell when they can. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs. Viola helps at home by fetching water.
School information: Viola joined the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School in 2020, just before Uganda closed its schools due to Covid. She learned from home until schools fully reopened in January 2022. Viola is currently in baby class, the first year of nursery school. In Uganda, nursery school (similar to preschool) lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. At school, Viola will continue to 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.
Prayer requests: Viola’s family requests prayer for good health, and that Isaac will live long to care for his children.
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