Name: Opio Zakayo (goes by Zakayo)
Reported birthdate: Not known (about 7 years old)
Favorite food: Beans
Favorite activity: Playing
Child is happy when... He receives a gift
Child wants to be a... Teacher
Home information: Zakayo is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. His family resides in Awimon, a small community within Bugoi. Zakayo lives with his mother and stepfather, and he has one sister and three brothers. His father passed away. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow beans and potatoes 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. Zakayo’s most immediate need is education.
School information: Zakayo has been able to attend a local primary school through grade 1, but his family is struggling to continue his education. 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, Zakayo 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 Zakayo will have a bright future through receiving an education.
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