Name: Erocu Francis (goes by Francis)
Reported birthdate: Unavailable (currently about age 5)
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Posho (a staple food in Uganda) and fish
Favorite activity: Playing football (soccer) with friends
Home information: Francis is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He lives with his father and mother. He has two siblings. 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. Haven of Hope staff report, “Francis’s parents cannot pay for him school fees. He stays at home and has got no hope for studies. However, he is so excited to be joining the Haven of Hope school, God willing. He has got a brother and a sister. He desires to be a teacher in the future.”
School information: Through sponsorship, Francis will be able to join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School at the beginning of February 2024. He will be placed in the appropriate class for his age and learning level. 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, Francis will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals, medical care, and clothing. His cousin Aguji Rachael, who lives with his family, will also join the Haven of Hope school in 2024.
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 that Francis will have a bright future and come to know God.
Please note: Any financial contributions toward Francis’s sponsorship before February 2024 will help the Haven of Hope school prepare to open for the 2024 school year and ensure that he has everything he needs to start school.
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