Name: Olobo Joshua (goes by Joshua)
Reported birthdate: February 26, 2014 (currently age 8)
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite color: Green
Favorite subject: Mathematics
Favorite activity: Learning
Child is happy when... He is playing
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Joshua is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. His family resides in Akwei, a small community within Bugoi. Joshua lives with his father, Nelson, and has seven brothers and one sister. His mother passed away. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow beans, maize, sorghum, and millet to eat and to sell when they can. Joshua helps at home by washing utensils, sweeping the compound, and doing other chores.
School information: Joshua is a student at the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School. He is currently in top class, the final year of nursery school (similar to preschool). 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, Joshua will continue to learn and play, be taught about God, and receive meals, medical care, and clothing. His older brothers Isaac and Moses attend the Haven of Hope school with him.
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.
Prayer requests: Joshua requests prayer that he will study well and have a good future.
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