Name: Omia Innocent (goes by Innocent)
Reported birthdate: November 11, 2013 (6 years old)
Favorite food: Anything God provides
Favorite activity: Playing
Child is happy when... He is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Student at school
Home information: Innocent is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. His family resides in Awimon, a small community within Bugoi. Innocent lives with his father and stepmother, and he has one sister and one brother. His mother is alive but lives elsewhere. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow cassava and beans to eat and to sell at market when they can. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs, especially the payment of school fees for the children. Innocent’s most immediate need is education.
School information: Innocent has not previously been in school. With sponsorship, he will join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School at the beginning of 2020, 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 school, Innocent 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 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.
Prayer requests: Pray that Innocent’s family will have good health.
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