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. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs, including school fees for the children. Gertrude helps at home by cooking. Her most immediate need is education.
School information: Gertrude was able to attend a local primary school through grade 4, but her family has been struggling to continue her education. Sponsorship will enable her to attend the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where she 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, Gertrude will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals and medical care. Her younger sister Ayenyo Agnes and older sister Auma Sharon also attend the Haven of Hope school. Sharon joined grade 5 with Gertrude this year. Gertrude
has been excited to go to school with her sisters.
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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