Edatu Elvis Jessey
Name: Edatu Elvis Jessey (goes by Jessey)
Reported birthdate: June 26, 2018 (currently age 5)
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Fish, simsim paste, and potatoes
Favorite activity: Playing with friends
Home information: Jessey is growing up in the village of Bugoi in rural northeastern Uganda. He lives with his father, John, and his mother, Monica. He has one younger brother. His family supports themselves by “digging”—they grow crops to eat and to sell when they can. However, they struggle to meet all of their needs. Haven of Hope staff report, “Jessey is such a happy boy. He has been at home and not going to school due to lack of school fees. His parents cannot afford to pay for him school fees. However, Jessey would like to join the Haven of Hope school, God willing.”
School information: Through sponsorship, Jessey will be able to join the Bugoi Haven of Hope Nursery and Primary School at the beginning of February 2024. He will be placed in the appropriate 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, Jessey 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.
Prayer requests: Please pray that Jessey will grow up strong and healthy and love school.
Please note: Any financial contributions toward Jessey’s sponsorship before February 2024 will help the Haven of Hope school prepare to open for the 2024 school year and ensure that he has everything he needs to start school.
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