Name: Okello Aaron (prefers to be called Aaron)
Birthdate: 2014 (exact date is unavailable)
Age: About 4 years old
Favorite food: Bread
Favorite activity: Playing with a toy cow that he made out of soil
Child is happy when... He receives a gift
Child wants to be a... Cook
Home information: Aaron is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He is being raised by his grandmother. His grandmother supports them by “digging”—she grows cassava and beans for food. However, she struggles to meet all of their needs. Aaron's most immediate needs are education and clothing.
School information: Aaron has not previously been in school. Once he is sponsored, he will join the kindergarten class at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where he will learn and play, be taught about God, receive meals and medical care, and prepare for nursery or primary school (he will be placed appropriately). In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school.
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 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.
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