Name: Elimu Ivan (goes by Ivan)
Reported birthdate: October 2, 2006 (13 years old)
Favorite food: Beans
Favorite activity: Studying
Child is happy when... He is playing football
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Ivan is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. His
family resides in Akwei, a small community within Bugoi. He lives with his aunt and four cousins. His parents are alive but live elsewhere with his siblings. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow potatoes and cassava to eat and to sell at market when they can. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs, including school fees for the children. Ivan helps at home by digging. His most immediate need is education.
School information: Ivan was able to attend a local primary school through grade 4, but his family has been struggling to continue his education. Sponsorship will enable him to attend the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where he joined grade 5 in February 2020. In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. At school, Ivan will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals and medical care. His cousins Akweo Damaly and Elebu Edimond also attend the Haven of Hope school through sponsorship, and Ivan has been excited to go to school with them.
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: Ivan asks for prayer to continue his education.
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