Name: Ejemu Felix (goes by Ejemu)
Reported birthdate: September 3, 2011 (currently age 12)
Favorite subjects: English and mathematics
Favorite activities: Playing football (soccer) and grazing animals, especially his two young goats, Grace and Joy
Child is happy when... He is playing football with friends
Home information: Ejemu is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He lives with his grandfather, Charles, and his grandmother, Josephine. His parents are alive, but they divorced some time ago and now live elsewhere. Ejemu has six sisters and one brother. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow crops to eat and to sell when they can. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs.
School information: Ejemu joined the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School in 2018. He is now in P4 (primary school, grade 4). In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and up to six years of secondary school. At school, Ejemu will continue to learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals, medical care, and clothing. His teacher reports that he is a hardworking, disciplined, caring, and kind boy who is always eager to learn.
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: Please pray for Ejemu’s schooling and for God’s provision for his family.
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