Dickson is an eleven year old boy living with his grandmother and two brothers in Uganda. When the children were still young, their parents abandoned them and now the grandmother is older and requires help raising the boys. Dickson would one day like to become a doctor. He is currently in the fifth grade. With support he will be able to continue at the Childcare Development Center where he will receive an education, healthcare, and adequate nutrition.
Uganda is a landlocked country in Africa. The majority of the population is Christian and there are a large number of Muslims. Witchcraft and animism are still believed and practiced in certain areas as well. Poverty is rampant throughout the country as well as a lack of education. Sickness and disease are prevalent and many lack the means to receive medical treatment. Often children suffer from malnutrition. Many struggle with drug use and alcoholism. It’s common for families to be torn apart due to divorce and separation.