Name: Nabwire Gertrude (goes by Gertrude)
Reported birthdate: October 10, 2007 (12 years old)
Favorite food: Rice and meat
Favorite activity: Playing football
Child is happy when... She is praying
Child wants to be a... Lawyer
Home information: Gertrude is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Her family resides in Akwei, a small community within Bugoi. She lives with her mother and father and has five sisters and three brothers. Her family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow maize and beans to eat and to sell at market when they can. Gertrude helps at home by cooking.
School information: Gertrude attended a government-run school through grade 4, but her family struggled to keep paying her school fees and meet her physical needs. She was able to join grade 5 at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School in February 2020. Sponsorship will fund her continued education and care there. In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. Gertrude's younger sister Ayenyo Agnes and older sister Auma Sharon also attend the Haven of Hope school. Sharon joined grade 5 with Gertrude this year.
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: Gertrude asks for prayer to grow in wisdom.
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