Name: Okello Jude (goes by Jude)
Reported birthdate: June 30, 2017 (currently age 5)
Favorite food: Fish and potatoes
Favorite color: Red
Home information: Jude is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. Haven of Hope staff report, “Jude is an orphan living with a grandmother near the Haven of Hope school. His mother left after the death of her husband (Jude’s father). Jude lives at home on a daily basis hoping to join school one day, but his grandmother is poor and cannot afford to pay school fees for him. His grandmother labors in people’s gardens in order to raise some money to buy food. Jude is hoping to join the Haven of Hope school, God willing.”
School information: Through sponsorship, Jude will be able to join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School at the beginning of 2023, where he will be placed in the appropriate nursery 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, Jude will learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals, medical care, and clothing.
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.
*Any financial contributions made toward Jude's sponsorship before the 2023 school year begins will help his school prepare to open and ensure that he has everything he needs to start school.
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