Name: Erochu Godfred (goes by Godfred)
Reported birthdate: September 6, 2008 (13 years old)
Favorite food: Chicken and rice
Favorite activities: Going to school and digging (gardening)
Favorite subjects: Science and English
Child is happy when... He is playing football (soccer)
Child wants to be a... Teacher
Home information: Godfred is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. His family resides in Imakioroch, a small community within Bugoi. He lives with his mother and father and has two sisters and three brothers. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow maize and potatoes to eat and to sell at market when they can. Godfred helps at home by digging.
School information: Godfred attended a government-run school through grade 4, but his family struggled to keep paying his school fees and meet his physical needs. He was able to join grade 5 at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School in 2020 and was recently promoted to grade 6. Sponsorship will fund his continued education and care there.
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: Godfred asks for prayer to continue his education.
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