Name: Odengel Joseph (prefers to be called Joseph)
Birthdate: June 25, 2011
Age: 7 years old
Favorite food: Beans
Favorite activity: Playing
Child is happy when... He is playing with his friends
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Joseph is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He lives with his mother and father and has three brothers and three sisters (he is the fourth born). Joseph helps at home by sweeping. His father is often not around, leaving his mother to care for the children alone. She provides for them by working in people’s gardens in exchange for food. However, she has a hard time meeting all of the family’s needs, and they struggle with hunger and the payment of school fees. Joseph’s most immediate need is education.
School information: Joseph has not previously been in school. With sponsorship, he will join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where he will be placed in the appropriate grade for his age and learning level. In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. At the Haven of Hope school, Joseph will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals and medical care.
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 meet their basic needs. This is often made difficult by drought, which can lead to poor harvests and famine. The Haven of Hope school is located near 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. The local language spoken in Bugoi is Kumam, but children who attend school also learn English, the official language of Uganda.
Prayer requests: Pray that Joseph will thrive in school and come to know and love God.
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