Name: Birungi Razifa (prefers to be called Razifa)
Birthdate: May 2, 2009
Age: 9 years old
Favorite food: Rice
Favorite activity: Making crafts, such as ropes and balls, out of banana leaves
Child is happy when... She is playing
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Razifa is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. She is an orphan being raised by her grandmother, who serves as headmistress at the Haven of Hope school. She has two brothers. Razifa's grandmother, a widow, cares for several orphaned and vulnerable children in her home, and it is a challenge to meet all of their needs in addition to serving at the school. Razifa's most immediate needs are education and clothing.
School information: Razifa has been attending the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School since 2017. She recently completed primary grade 2 and is now beginning grade 3. She needs a sponsor to support her continued education and physical 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 feed themselves. 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.
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