Name: Ekonu Alan (prefers to be called Alan)
Birthdate: March 27, 2010
Age: 8 years old
Favorite food: Beans
Favorite activity: Being around animals
Child is happy when... He sees a vehicle drive by, and when he is playing with toy cars that he makes out of wires
Child wants to be a... Driver
Home information: Alan is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He is being raised by his grandmother, who cares for seven children. Their family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow cassava and maize for food. Alan is learning to help his grandmother in the garden. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs, especially when drought causes poor harvests. Alan's most immediate need is education.
School information: Alan has not previously been in school. Once he is sponsored, he will join the kindergarten class at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where he will learn and play, be taught about God, receive meals and medical care, and prepare for nursery or primary school (he will be placed appropriately). 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. 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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