Name: Olido Julius (goes by Julius)
Reported birthdate: Unavailable (about 7 years old)
Favorite food: Fish
Favorite book: Storybook Bible
Favorite activities at school: Reading the Bible, praying, and playing with friends
Favorite subjects: Christian religious education, English, and literacy
Child is happy when... He receives a gift
Child wants to be a... Good student
Home information: Julius is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He lives with his mother and several siblings. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow maize, simsim (sesame), cassava, and potatoes to eat and to sell at market when they can. Julius helps at home with digging and fetching water.
School information: Julius is in grade 1 (the first year of primary school) at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School, where he has been a student since 2017. In Uganda, nursery school lasts for three years and is followed by seven years of primary school and six years of secondary school. Julius’s teachers report that he is a good student, well behaved in class, and polite to others. Sponsorship will fund his continued education and care at the Haven of Hope 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. 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: Julius asks for prayer for his family, for God’s help in his studies, and for good health and wisdom.
Please note: The Haven of Hope school has been closed for much of this year in accordance with government efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Uganda. Only grade 5 has been permitted return to class at this point. However, school staff are still working hard to serve the rest of their students. Sponsorship is supporting the kids educationally as teachers provide them with schoolwork to do at home. It has also covered the cost of any medical care they need and supplied them with food and other items (such as clothing, bedding, etc.) based on needs at home. Julius needs a sponsor to support his ongoing education and care, now and when school reopens.
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