Name: Aonyo Monica (prefers to be called Monica)
Birthdate: July 7, 2012 (year uncertain; may be older)
Age: 6 years old
Favorite food: Beans
Favorite activity: Playing
Child is happy when... She is playing with her friends
Child wants to be a... “Madam” (teacher)
Home information: Monica is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. She lives with her mother; her father passed away. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow crops such as cassava and beans to eat and to sell at market when possible. However, they have a hard time meeting all of their needs and struggle with hunger, especially in periods of drought and famine. Monica’s most immediate need is education.
School information: Monica has been able to attend primary grade 1 at a government school, 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, Monica 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 for provision for Monica’s family, especially that they will be blessed with good harvests of their crops.
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