Name: Aseno Mary (goes by Mary)
Reported birthdate: August 12, 2004 (16 years old)
Favorite food: Rice and chicken
Favorite activity: Praying
Child is happy when... She is studying
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Mary is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Her family resides in Akwei, a small community within Bugoi. Mary lives with her mother and father and has one sister and four brothers. Her family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow potatoes and beans to eat and to sell at market when they can. Mary helps at home by digging.
School information: Mary was able to attend 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.
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: Mary asks for prayer to continue her education.
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